Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it (Isa 43:18-19) ~ We all have a past and the world likes nothing more than to remind us of it and keep us in it. The world likes for us to remember and hold onto old pains, old mindsets, old ways of life, old customs and traditions, old desires, old drama. We focus on things that happened to us even as young children and today we can’t even get along in our own family because of how our brothers and sisters were when we were growing up. We can’t even love our spouses right because of how our mothers and fathers were around us growing up. Our children suffer the burden of the pain we felt when we were children because we see that old stuff as a way of life. We are still mad at that person that did this or that to us 25 years ago and they don’t even remember us! We’re mad at those type of people because of something that their ancestors did to our ancestors and that man or woman who is just as Christian as you are doesn’t-even-know-you! You can’t see the true goodness of some people because you’re constantly looking through your clouded judgement. Every time we try to move forward, we look back in that “old” room and pull out those “old” memories! Friend, it’s time to close that “old” door, lock it and throw away the key! God is not telling you not to learn from the lessons of your past, He’s not telling you to forget what has happened in the past, but He IS telling you that you need to stop holding onto that past; you need to stop allowing it to have influence on your future – stop letting your past hold your future hostage! YOU are causing yourself to not be able to move forward even though God is doing NEW things… YOU are keeping yourself in the mindset of those old things to the point you can’t even fathom the possibility of newness in your life. YOU are holding on to anger and bitterness and frustration while life and God’s work goes forward. God has blessed you and you’re LIVING in that blessing…but you are still focused on the pain of that past! The scar has healed over but you keep thinking about how much it “may have” hurt – that’s right, half of it you didn’t even experience, you just heard about it!!! The people that hurt you are gone on with their lives and because YOU won’t forgive; because YOU won’t move on, YOU are the one still hurting! You’ve got to let it go, it’s ‘past’, it’s over and done and you can’t change it. Move on! God is trying to take you into something brand new and awesome – something more than eyes have seen, ears have heard or that which has entered into any heart…but if you keep holding on to the old, you can’t receive your brand new. That new thing is made by Him to spring ‘forth’; not fall back. 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, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14) Behold, God is doing a NEW thing; it shall spring forth; do you not see it? Friend, the past… LET IT GO and turn away from it… and that new thing.. you WILL see it! Be blessed!