Within each of us there is a Tug-of-War taking place.
On one side we have the past. It tries to remind us of the shameful acts we have committed. It whispers in our ears things like, “With what you have done you can never be used in God’s Kingdom. You are shameful and unlovable. You are worthy only of being despised.
If we listen to its voice long enough, it is sure to pull us back in or keep us caught in limbo.
On the other side we have our future.
If we allow the voice of our past to shape our outlook of the future we’ll never walk into God’s destiny for us. However, if we allow His Word to shape and mold us then we will walk forward with expectation and excitement.
He says He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us.
He says we are to rejoice in Him always.
He says that we’re best suited focusing on those things which are excellent and praiseworthy.
He says that neither the past nor the future failures of our lives can tear us away from His love in Christ Jesus.
He has a long history of transforming “losers” into “winners.”
He is well known for forgiveness that knows no bounds.
He erases even of the worst sins and cleanses us of unrighteousness.
He even hurls those failures into the sea where they will never be seen or heard from again.
He says, “Past? What past? I don’t remember your past, but look at the future I have mapped out for you!
Come on, child! I have prepared you for such times. I have made you for this destiny. Before I knit you together in your mother’s womb, I saw this day coming.
Come on, take My hand and let me show you!”
He has a massive vocabulary, yet “Impossible” and “Can’t” are nowhere to be found. All that is left is “Yes” and “Amen!”
So take Daddy’s hand. Let Him lead you out of the past into the future He has prepared for you!
~ Mitch Salmon