Freedom from the Past
Written by Shari Lewis
Does your past sometimes creep upon you like an enormous, haunting shadow from which there seems to be no escape? Do you have regrets, failures, hurts, disappointments, or shattered dreams that have left you disillusioned or frustrated with life? Perhaps something was taken from you, your innocence, your dignity, your safety, your trust, and you are left with nothing but the remnants of a fragile, empty shell ready to crack under pressure. On the surface, you may have done a marvelous job of creating a strong and put-together façade for the world to see, but the deepest cry of your heart is not hidden from your heavenly Father.
Understand that you have an enemy who has tried his very best to rob from you, and to thwart God’s good plan for your life, but our compassionate and merciful God can reverse the damage and give you an abundant and fulfilling life instead. He loves you more than you can imagine, and He longs to heal your heart and restore all that has been taken from you. He can remove the bondage of your past and set you free to truly live.
Paul said, “…But one thing I do, Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT
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