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A Bad Past

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Stepping Out Of Your Past And Into His Presence

The hurt you have endured over the years has increased to the point of almost complete spiritual paralysis. You were told that all things get better in time. Yet it is far from the truth, far from better. Daily you feel the sting of your past. You just wish you could live one day without the suffering. To you it's worse than a physical ailment.

There is no doubt that our past affects our future in some way. Our present is playing out to affect our future right now. How much it affects it depends on us. No matter the depths of the pain, the size of the tragedy, we have the ability to determine how we will be affected and in what measure.

Satan knows that if he can keep us bound by our past that we will not be a threat to his schemes in the present and future. So we buy the lie that the tragedy we endured will forever taint our future. Therefore, we can never live beyond what we have endured. If we were a victim then we will remain a victim. If we committed a sin we will not be forgiven so why try? If our parents weren't good role models then we too will fall prey to that same upbringing with our own children. If we grew up poor then we will raise our children poor. On it goes into a vicious cycle.

Here is a revelation for you: You do not have to be bound by your past. Your past does not have to determine your future.

Psalms 129:1-4 says "They have greatly oppressed me from my youth - let Israel say - they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me from the cords of the wicked."

When you are cut from a cord you are no longer attached to it. It has no hold on you unless you reattach yourself to it. We have a choice to detach ourselves from our past or live according to our past. That is not to say we won't remember our past. Our memory will not be erased. But we do not have to be bound by it, allowing it to keep us from the blessings and promises God has for us.

We need to determine that we will no longer live in the past. We will step out of that bondage and step into God's presence where there is freedom and blessing. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" Let the past (old) go and let the present and future (new) come.

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