Your past DOES NOT define you
Updated: Aug 31, 2021
Colossians 3:9-11 (NLT)
9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
1 Peter 4:4-5 (NLT)
4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead.
After a life filled with wrong choices; a heart filled with pride, anger and resentment, God opened the eyes of my heart, and I received His precious promise of salvation through Jesus Christ. However, letting go of many wrong perceptions and some habits was difficult. It's not that God could not free me from these! I just wasn't intentional and confident about receiving all the freedom He had for me. Some of us only accept certain sections of the Word to follow and practice. For example, we know that the Word speaks of meeting together (Hebrews 10:24-25), yet we decide attending service is not for us. As I continued to walk in these habits and points of view, I would backslide and struggle to keep walking with Christ.
After a few years of feeling constant defeat, I humbled myself before the Lord, asked for the Holy Spirit's guidance, studied the Word and filled my heart with it. It was a long battle, but finally, I was set free from it all. I felt a STRONG desire to follow God's guidance and will for my life. As a result, I continually said to Him "here I am!" and "send me!" In all this, the enemy continued his attempts to intimidate me and stop God's work in me. The enemy tried to haunt me with my past. Thoughts of unworthiness, disgust, doubt, and incompetency randomly appear(ed) in my mind. "You shouldn't even try to work for God! What are people going to say? They won't believe you! Look at all you did in your past!"
We can use King David as an example of someone who wanted to please God in all his ways, but made some questionable choices. Paul also had a dark past before coming to Christ - he persecuted believers, had them beaten and put in prison (Acts 22:19). Nevertheless, both David and Paul pressed forward and humbly allowed God to be glorified in all their ways.
Thing is, no matter what our pasts look like, if we are willing to work for the Kingdom, if we want to be used by our Father, if we want to walk righteously, our enemy will continue taunting us with the goal of making us step back in fear. So, because we know he is relentless in his attempts, we too should be relentless and press forward in Christ. We need to remember that our pasts do not define us! Our pasts are not who we are in Christ. God has done, is doing and will continue to do an amazing work in us. We can step in faith to do whatever He calls us to do; knowing that He will guide us and support our call. "Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Col 3:11)." We are who Christ tells us we are. I am with you in prayer!
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
This is for You!