“Don’t remember the former things; don’t dwell on things past. Watch! I’m about to carry out something new! And now it’s springing up—don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the wilderness and paths in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Do you find yourself reminiscing about the glory days gone by? Perhaps at other times you find yourself dwelling on past hurts or setbacks? You may even feel as though your mind is stuck in replay, constantly hoping for a better past. You may even have conversations in your head with people over what you could have or should have said.
If this is your reality, perhaps it is time to declare war on your mind and remind it that it’s not the boss of you! Picture yourself confined to the present, not in a way that you feel imprisoned but with velvet chains that help you stay focused on the here and now. Each time your minds attempts to retreat to the past, counteract it with scripture that breathes new life into your situation.
Despite the thought that this day may seem as though it is a repeat of yesterday, it is quite the contrary. You are clocked into purpose to accomplish something phenomenal for the Lord that you and only you are assigned to do! He has strategically numbered your days. Will you close the door to the past and live today on purpose?
Lord, help me to fully grasp the fact that I can’t heal the past by dwelling there. Thank You for reminding me that living in the past only robs me of the awesome opportunity to make a mark on history today, all for Your glory. Healing and restoration comes from living fully in the present.