Do you feel like your past is dragging you down and holding you back from true peace and happiness? Well, let the words of this article sink deep down into your spirit and finally set you free!
Maybe you feel like you've made too many mistakes and sank so low that you are completely powerless to make any lasting positive change in your life. Well, here is good news for you and it is God’s truth! God can do anything! And as long as there is breath in your body there is a chance to call out to God and be made brand new in spirit!
Friend it doesn't matter what you have done or where you came from because his mercy is everlasting. He will cast your sins into the sea of his forgetfulness (Micah 7:19). You see God actually has the power to forget sins forever, praise God! He will make you brand new in spirit (2nd Corinthian 5:17). He loves all of mankind and the offer of salvation is open to every human being on this earth, he wants no human being to perish in sin(2nd Peter 3:9)!
Let's demonstrate the fact of God's powerful forgiveness with the life of the Apostle Paul, you see in the beginning Paul was (Saul) a persecutor of the Christian faith. He was the exact opposite of a Christian, he was more zealous to uphold the Jewish law then anyone else he knew (Galatians 1:14). He would drag Christian men and women from their homes for their Christian beliefs and throw them into jail; he also approved the stoning of Stephen. He made his life mission to violently attack the Christian Faith and its followers. But listen carefully now…on the road to Damascus God opened his eyes (Acts 9: 1-43)! Jesus spoke to him from a heavenly bright light so strong that it knocked him down to the ground. He said “why are you so cruel to me and why do you persecute me (Acts 9: 4)? Please read Acts 9: 1-43 and see for yourself how God can miraculously change a heart and life's purpose. Saul went from persecuting the church to preaching the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as the Apostle Paul, praise God!
God is powerful friends and he cleanses souls of all unrighteousness (Isaiah 1:18)! Do not let the past rule you and determine your future! Paul knew the importance of maintaining a mind focused on the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ (I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14). He also knew how important is was not to dwell on the past that he was forgiven of (forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Phil 3).
Now it is crucial to realize that the devil is the accuser of the brethren (Christians) and he will remind you of your past sins daily, but you must tell him in faith that you have been forgiven and bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ! You are indeed a new creature in Christ Jesus (2nd Corinthians 5:17) and more than a conqueror. Therefore it is essential to daily confess these truths so that they can sink deep into your mind.
Even though your spirit is changed and now the Holy Spirit lives within you your mind has to be renewed daily according to the word of God (Romans 12:1-2).This simply means reading, believing, meditating, speaking and praying the word of God. May God bless you friends and may this be the best day of your life!
By Gordon E. Dawe