Letting Go of the Past
Do you dwell on a difficult past? Do you struggle with letting go?
If you spend all of your energy looking behind you, you’ll miss the breakthrough in front of you.
Take a look at my poetic metaphor for letting go of the past and moving forward into God’s best for your life:
My poetic metaphor relates to moving from an old house to a brand new one! Your past is like an assortment of baggage and it’s time to get moving! Have you ever moved from a home or apartment? You have two of the following choices:
1st choice: You can sit inside of the old house and let the junk pile up around you.
2nd choice: You can find the courage to take the boxes outside and move to a new blessing!
When you move to a new house, you give away items and keep other belongings. You have a choice to let go of certain items and bring others with you.
Are you following the metaphor? God wants to move you into a new season of blessings but you won’t unpack. Forgive and let hurt go after healing. In relation to the past, will you bring self-pity, pain, and loneliness with you? Or will you bring joy, strength, and faith with you?
Your new house is overflowing with hope and love. Bring freedom with you! You’re delaying the move by sorting through the same boxes over and over again. If you want to make room for the new, let go of the old! Take the boxes outside and out of your heart. Get rid of them. Unpack! You need to make room for God’s blessing.
Most people clean out the material clutter in their homes. What about the “spiritual clutter?” When you dwell on baggage, your back feels heavy and your heart gets cluttered. God is the expert at new beginnings! God sees your heart. Will you let God redeem your life from the pit?
Give God your scars and He will give you His healing. After all, Jesus paid the ultimate price through the scars on His nail-pierced wrists. Jesus empathizes with your pain. He is the solution to a past that is jam-packed with mistakes. Jesus is the remedy for your healing. He is the author of grace and hope! He transforms the old and loves to create beauty out of rough places.
If you’ve experienced the night of the soul, God wants to give you daylight. God will turn the sunset into your sunrise and you will rise again.
Give God all of your empty boxes. After all, a heavy past is bound to make your heart empty. Let God fill your life up with the presence of the Holy Spirit and the power of His great love.
The foundation of Christianity is forgiveness! Forgive yourself! Jesus will take the payment for your sins and your life will never be the same. You no longer have to carry around the shame and guilt. Like the prodigal son, God wants to throw a party for His children who are ready for a brand new home! Invite Jesus into your heart. The hands of Jesus are wide open and ready to give you new life! He will love you into wholeness. He will make a table for you in the presence of your enemies. God’s love is greater and stronger than your pain! Let go of your old junk and believe in the Savior, a Savior who redeems your life and makes all things new! Welcome home!
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