Learning to Leave the past behind


We all have a need to belong.  To feel whole.  To be a part of something bigger then ourselves.  How can we change past negative behavior patterns and instead, progress or move forward spiritually?

First things first!  Transformation has to come from within us!

We have to find a new way of looking at our lives, relationships, and our past.  Too often we have tied ourselves to our past and can’t seem to think any other way then we’ve always thought!  No one else can change you – You are the only one who can change you.

Here are some helpful hints:

  • Remove yourself from your past.

  • Break the pattern!  Start with self love.

  • First, love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.  Then learn to love yourself.  Patterns we have seen in our lives have often been unhealthy so we need to create new patterns.

It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or how you feel!  You may feel so worthless and so ashamed.  It doesn’t overwhelm God.  There is nothing that the blood of Jesus cannot cover.

God will give purpose to all the years that have question marks.  He releases and restores.
Whatever holds you to your past – God wants to set you free.

  • Don’t let your past interfere with your future.

It is possible to live and die without taking full possession of what God has promised you!
God does not consult your past to determine your future.  “Behold all things have become new” in Christ Jesus!

God spoke to Abraham after he cut himself off from Lot.  Lot is an example for us of someone who tied Abraham to his past.

Who in your life is binding you to your past and preventing you from moving ahead?  Those circumstances, friends, failures, memories, that we are so bound to as human beings.

That’s natural – but God wants us to live in the “Super” natural.

When we leave our past behind, then God can speak to us about our future.  Is it easy? No!
Is it necessary? Yes!

  • You need to cut yourself off from all that ties you to your past.

If you have to change friends – change friends.  If you’ve got to relocate – relocate.  If you’ve got to not pick up the phone –  Don’t pick up the phone!

Nothing is more important that leaving your past behind and moving on into the future.  Satan would have us stuck in our past – in the failures, in the toxic relationships, in the pain and disappointment – so that we can’t even see our future!  He calls you from where He is taking you, not from where you’ve been.

“Do not let your life be shaped by this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect,”   Romans 12:2.

In other words, God is standing there in your future, beckoning you to come on over to what He has prepared for you.  He is longing to show you why He made you and what significant purpose He has designed for your life.  Won’t you give Him a chance?

You need to let go of your past and step into the new life God has for you! It may be hard – but oh, it is so worth it!  As long as there is disobedience – people tying you to your past – God cannot speak to you about your future.

Get rid of “Lot” – quit tying yourself to your past.  Don’t let your past define your future!
Remove Every Distraction!  Whenever God gets ready to bring out of you – what He’s put into you – the devil will bring distractions.

The distractions can be people, circumstances, money, activities or anything that draws you from seeking God!

You may have had a dream to do something with your life – something that counts for God – and every time you get close to fulfilling that dream – something happens to distract you!
That is NOT God!

It is a sign that God is trying to bring out of you all the dreams He has put in your life – and Satan is upset!  Don’t break your FOCUS.  Distraction destroys purpose.

God did not create you to live a distracted life.  God created you to live a Jesus-infused life.

~ Mary Lindow ©

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” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow

Mary Lindow imageMary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.


Learning to Leave the past behind — 1 Comment

  1. Thank you for this. It was Divinely written and brought to my attention. I pray God will show me who my Lot is – I so desperately wanto break free and migrate to a wide-open space, free of my past!
    With love and gratitude