The biggest hindrance within the body of Christ that keeps us stagnant, trapped and motionless is the memory of what God has DONE in your life compared to what God wants to DO in your life. Beloved, I may as well warn you now, each time God brings you into a new season, your old season will not like it. Nothing is wrong with the old one, its time is up. There are so many battles within and without over the old vs. the new. We battle about the style of worship, the style of music, the style of dress, etc. The Prophet Isaiah said in the 43rd chapter, verses18-19:
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”
There are a lot of things we say each year we are going to stop doing, and there are things that we say we are going to start doing. Stop smoking, stop cussing, stop eating too much, etc. Then we say to ourselves, I am going to start praying more, reading the Bible, eating right, etc. May I recommend that we stop recycling our past? We have made mistakes in the past, as individuals. Yet there is a blessed assurance because each day we wake up, it is another day to get it right. It is a new day, a new beginning. You may want and wish for the “good old days”. You may revert to living in the past, thusly, recreating it —don’t keep dwelling on the past. Forget the past, because God has moved on and has greater things for us. We may be overwhelmed because of what has happened and unsure of what the future holds because of what has happened in the past. God says to turn your back on it. Don’t dwell on it. Don’t let it annihilate your future. Don’t let it run and ruin your life; because God is doing something greater. God is going to do something great, something new, something you’ve never expected. God cannot give you NEW manna, if you are still trying to hold on to old manna.
In spite of all that has happened in your past, Beloved, you are special to God. There are so many who have been paddling against the negative waves in life. We begin to become comfortable in the opposition and start to believe that this is all there is to life, the names we are called, the way we are either being ignored or denigrated because of our convictions and beliefs and even the decisions that we make. Beloved, you can get to a point where you feel there is no hope. We don’t expect tomorrow to be any better or worse, any different than today. Have you been there? We have all made bad decisions about what we said, where we went, what we did. Show me a person besides Jesus Christ who has never made a mistake or a wrong decision and I will show you a person who has never grown and lacks maturity. Beloved, our imperfections are seeds of growth. Mistakes, errors, bad decisions are all the byproducts of growth and learning. I would venture to say that God already knew the mistakes you were going to make, that is why the bank of Grace and Mercy will never go bankrupt. What is essential is not the mistake and/or bad decision, the key is if you learned and if you have grown. Beloved, don’t allow your past to dictate your present-future. We all mess up. We all have said or done things we later wish we could take back. The breaking news that needs to be shared with each other is that WE SERVE A GOD OF NEW BEGINNINGS!
Look at what Paul said,
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
(Philippians 3: 12-16, The Message)
The temptation to give up, to simply quit before you attain the goal, or to turn back is real. It raises its negative head at every disappointment, every kiss of betrayal, and every sad circumstance. Beloved, never become so absorbed in what the past or present situation that we forget that there is a new day, which brings a new beginning. Your latter will be greater than your former. I just want to encourage you to never get stranded in your past; don’t allow people to keep you there. The God you serve has better for you! Speak it, Believe it, Expect it and Receive it.