I remember going to the mall with my parents as a child. I would see another child walk pass me with something interesting in their hands. My focus now is on what is in that child’s hand.
I just needed to take a look.
So while walking forward, my head was turned to look backwards. My parents would say, “look where you are going, or you are going to trip and fall.”
Now that I have children of my own, I say the same thing to my kids.
“Look Where You Are Going.”
I want to go to Exodus where Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Egypt was a place of slavery, a place of death. God had heard the cries of His people and had chosen Moses to lead His people out of Egypt into the Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey. A place of freedom.
The travel to the Promise Land wasn’t as the Israelites expected. There were times they had to ask for food and water. They complained a lot.
In their complaining, they asked to go back to Egypt. The place of slavery and death.
Let’s take a look at Lot and his family. 2 Peter 2 describes Lot being tormented day after day by what he saw and heard in the city he was living.
Think about that for a second…day after day…
Because of the wickedness being done in Sodom and Gomorrah, God sent His angels to destroy it and the people inside as well.
Lot and his family found favour with God and was told to leave the city. “Don’t look back”, they were told, or you will be consumed.
After some further discussions with the angel, Lot left with his family.
But Lot’s wife, from behind him (foolishly, longingly) looked (back towards Sodom in an act of disobedience), and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 – Amp.
The amplified bible says Lot’s wife was looking back longingly. I can understand. She had a home, she was leaving what she knew to go to a place of unknown.
Both of these stories have two things in common.
1) God’s desire to want to save His people.
2) The longing to go back to the place in the past.
Why did the Israelites and Lot’s wife wanted to go back?
Because change is uncomfortable.
Because they didn’t know what was at the end of the tunnel for them.
They preferred to go back to what they knew, the torment, the death, the slavery, rather than trusting God was giving them better.
They were living in their past. Thinking about the past. Wanting to go back to the past.
God is wanting to deliver you from your circumstance. This could be a difficult divorce, a death of a family member, or any tragic event in your life. But you can only get the deliverance you need when you let go of your past.
The journey might not be easy. The Israelites didn’t have it easy while they were in the wilderness.
Looking back in the past can be comforting, but that’s not where you are going.
Not letting go of your past will consume you.
God doesn’t deliver people to give them worst, He delivers them to give them better.
You might not understand why you are having difficulties during your walk in deliverance but each pit stop has a purpose to grow your faith and dependence on God.
Let go of your past to get freedom.
I am providing you 7 steps to let go of the past.
1) Change your mindset. When negative thoughts come to you about your past, replace them with good thoughts about your future.
2) Renew your Mind daily – Everyday spend time in the word of God. When you have the word of God in you, you will be strengthened.
3) Declare the word of God. The word of God is a powerful weapon. Jesus used it against the enemy. Keep in mind, satan left Jesus for a season…which means he came back. So declaring the word of God daily is important
4) Stay thankful – Thank God for delivering you from your past. Even while you are in the midst of the fire, contine to praise Him for where He is going to take you
5) Daily Prayer – Never stop praying. Ask God to show you what is the next step. Don’t be afraid to share your feelings of concern with Him
6) Journaling – Journaling is a good tool to remind you of what God had delivered you from before. While in prayer, write down what God is saying to you. You don’t have a journal, no problem, check out some cute ones below from Amazon.
7) Don’t beat yourself up – we can be hard on ourselves. Don’t be. Forgive yourself.
God is with you on this journey.
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