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Dwelling on the Past

Do you dwell upon your past mistakes and sins? Do you ever get the feeling of hopelessness/helplessness? Feel like you’ve run into dead end after dead end, with nowhere left to turn? As if everyone around you doesn’t see or understand you? Exhausted, lonely, afraid, worrisome, anxious, shattered, weak and uneasy? It’s an awful experience. It is such an easy trap to fall into as well.

We, as humans, tend to beat ourselves up over our mistakes {with the nudges from Satan}. This can be one of the most detrimental and damaging things we allow to hinder our relationship and walk with God.

When we do this we must take a step back from that fog of self-loathing shame and guilt. Dwelling in that haze does nothing but break down our spirit and send us into a depression. What we need to realize is although sometimes we turn on ourselves, God never turns on us, we just cannot see or feel his presence when we allow ourselves to be surrounded with that fog. In turn, by dwelling on these things we are continuing to sin and continuing to pull ourselves away from God.

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.

God never brings our past mistakes up, whether it be a mistake from years ago to a mistake from earlier that same day. It is Satan who brings these thoughts and feelings into our minds and hearts. God would never forgive a sin then later bring it back up, because when God forgives he forgets.

When we make a mistake we should go as quickly as possible and ask for forgiveness from God, but then we must also forgive ourselves and let it go!

So, how can we put a stop to these thoughts and feelings creeping back into our minds?

We have been given a sword and a shield; the Bible, the Word of the Lord! We must USE IT!!!!! Whether we carry around an actual Bible with us or keep a notebook where we write down our favorite verses or even just memorize verses. We can speak the Word. For me, it is quite comforting to read verses, it always helps to pull me out of any funk (alongside using the other tools)

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation d the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

We must command away Satan and all of his evil-doing. We must confront him with God’s Word and Spirit. We have been given power to use these tools against the devil! We must fight his attempts to make us dwell on the past. Speak out against him, take the power he thinks he has over us away from him. The power of God will move through us and the devil will be forced away!

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

We must seek refuge in the Lord, talk to Him, visit with him, and get closer to Him. The way that this is done is different (sometimes overlapping) for everyone. Some find that taking a being in nature brings them closer to Him, while others feel closest to Him in a quiet room with the Word. As long as we seek Him, we will find Him! We must not only seek Him part of the day though. We must seek Him all day every day. We don’t always have to speak out loud to Him. We can think to Him, have ‘moments of silence’ where we speak to Him through our minds and hearts. He can hear these moments.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 14:1 Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

Deuteronomy 5:27 Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey.

Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

With these tools {to start with} we should all be able to stop the past from haunting us and stay out of the fog that clouds our mind and heart from the light of the Lord.

Fulfilling His Purpose

Love

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