Updated: Jan 4, 2020
Isaiah 43:18 (NKJV)
18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.
In this particular verse, God is reminding Israel not to remember their past failures and transgressions. Like Israel, we too can get caught up with things of the past. Is there something you are holding onto unnecessarily? Let’s take a closer look at what the Lord has for us in this passage.
Each of us has fallen short of the glory of God, everyone that has lived, aside from Jesus, has fallen to our sinful nature. The question is, do we live in that past sin, or have we allowed the blood of the Lamb to wash it away? I think it is fair to say that we all have stuff in the past that if allowed to creep into our memory, will fill us with great guilt. Those things can be small like telling an innocent lie, all the way up to and including murder, the cost remains the same.
The Lord is not really telling us to disregard past transgressions completely, after all the price for that sin was paid for with our Savior’s life. Past sins should be remembered in order to avoid repeating them in the future. But, there is a very important reminder here. We must move forward after sin is forgiven.
Wherever you find yourself in life, you come to the point where you realize that you have fallen short, and hopefully, you have turned to the Savior, confessed those sins and accepted the free gift of forgiveness and salvation. If you have not, please make sure to reach out to someone that can lead you in that direction. Once that sin has been forgiven it is important to move forward in new life. Why? Because God has great plans for you!
I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people in ministry over the past 15 years. Their past transgressions almost always become a great part of their ministry moving forward, but their testimony would not be as powerful if they were continually burdened with it. I have a friend that almost lost everything to alcoholism, the Lord pulled him from that life and he is now doing wonderful things to advance the Kingdom. You see, this believer understands that to move forward, he has to allow those transgressions to die in the past.
Have you experienced the awesome power of God’s forgiveness? Why would you live in the past when the Lord has delivered you from that transgression and set your path firmly according to His plan? Allow the blood of the Lamb to wash that sin away and surrender to the Lord’s will moving forward!
1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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