Do you ever feel that there is something in your past that is too big, too ugly for God to wash over and make new?
Maybe the brokenness of your past still follows you day in and day out.
Or maybe the consequences of the past still haunt you in your weakest moments.
I know this because I’ve been there, and sometimes, I still am.
Sometimes I get swept away into the shame of my regrets.
Sometimes I get caught up in a broken identity shaped by my past.
I find myself thinking that because the consequences of that brokenness can still press hard against my spirit, that maybe I’m not made new. Maybe I’m not set free.
But this is a lie.
God has made a road out of the depths of your past.
We don’t need to dwell on the past because God is doing something new in us.
He is redeeming me and He is redeeming you so that our pasts can be used for His glory.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. -Isaiah 43:18
We may look back and see desert and wasteland in our pasts, but the Lord is at work.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19
He is making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Take a moment and let that truth soak into the broken parts of your past.
When Satan tempts you to dwell on the brokenness of your past, you must remember these three things.
You Are Free
Jesus died to set you free. His grace and mercy covers over all of your sins, all of your regrets, all of your shame.
In the book of Isaiah, God speaks to His people who are cowering under the oppression of Babylon, just as we cower under our brokenness.
But the Lord makes a promise to His people.
The cowering prisoner will soon be set free. -Isaiah 51:14
God did not promise that we would never be a cowering prisoner. But He did promise to set us free.
We must take hold of the freedom He offers.
We don’t need to remain glued to the brokenness and sin in our past.
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We can shed the layers of pain and regret and we can step forward into the glorious freedom of Christ.
You Are Loved
It can be so easy to forget this truth when our vision is clouded by our past. When we look at ourselves through the lens of our own brokenness, we begin to doubt that we are worthy of love.
But the Lord loved us so much, He loves you so much that He died for you.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. -John 15:13
We can’t allow Satan to torment us with lies. We are sons and daughters of the King.
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The love of our earthly parents and the love we can provide to our children is so small compared to the love that God has for you.
Rest in knowing that you are deeply loved by the One who created the heavens and the earth.
You Are Made New
Because of His grace and because of His redemption, we are made new. We are redeemed. We are being sanctified day by day.
When God looks at you, He sees Christ. He sees beauty and restoration.
He is working to redeem every part of your past for His glory.
Satan no longer can hold you, for you are in the Father’s arms.
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When you see your past creeping into your life today, remember that the Lord is taking that brokenness and weaving beauty and redemption into it.
He is using your story to bring glory to His kingdom. He is redeeming and renewing you.
He is creating a beautiful masterpiece out of the broken mess.
There is hope when we take hold of these truths.
There is healing when we surrender to His redemption.
But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. -Isaiah 51:6
The next time Satan tempts you to dwell in your past, remind him who holds your heart.