1. Recognize the past, then Live in the present
Someone once told me you can’t get to the future if you are still living in the past.
Even if your past was difficult, as mine was, we can learn from it. God knows about it all – knew about it before it happened, before we were born. (Psalm 139)
Deut. 32:7 challenges us to “Read up on what happened before you were born;
dig into the past, understand your roots.
Ask your parents what it was like before you were born;
ask the old-ones, they’ll tell you a thing or two.”
Learn from it, cherish what you can, but remember it IS the past.
Mic. 7:18 Where is the god who can compare with you—
wiping the slate clean of guilt,
Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear,
to the past sins of your purged and precious people?
I often hear of people who feel they can’t forgive themselves for something. To me that sets ourselves above God, unbelieving that He did what he said He did –purged – wiped the slate CLEAN – made new – what is there left for us to forgive? It’s a lie from Satan that needs to be used as a stepping stone to the future. As Brother Andrew (Practicing the Presence of God) taught, when this happens, I thank God for allowing me to hear the lie because it reminds me that issue (whether it be my sin or someone else’s sin against me) is covered, and wiped clean with Jesus’ blood. It no longer has a hold on me (unless I let it). Turn the bitter burden into a praise party. Let. It. Go.
2. Let God do His work in me. Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
The original language for that little word let means to loosen, to fully release.
God wants your permission to clean house.
Robert Boyd Munger, in the little book My Heart Christ’s Home, encourages the believer to submit each area of life to Christ. Only when we’ve given access – opened all the doors to every closet, does His Holy Spirit completely fill us with Himself. That can be a daily, or sometimes, hourly, process. He even tells us how to do it when we can’t ‘drum up’ the praise from our broken spirits. Let the melody and words and the heart of praise from ministers who provide music, songs, melody, words, that help you incline your ear to the Lord where you can hear and write your own spiritual songs. Music is a gift – a wonderful therapy – use it and sing unto the Lord.
3. Live Out My God-created identity.
I love how the Message says it in Matthew 5:48 “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.
In other words, know who you are in Christ. Review it daily. A good list is found here: http://www.prayertoday.org/2004/PDF/Guides/Who-I-Am.PDF
Have you learned to love yourself Biblically yet? Do you know who you are in Christ? I pray you have, and that you will let me know
Which of the Who I Am in Christ promises will you claim today?
# 3. It jumped right into my soul. Thank you, Delores!
Sharon – once again you blessed me – that is exactly how I felt when I read that verse! Delores