“The Poison Of Dwelling On The Past”
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
There are a lot of things in life that I forget about. There are things that I remember very easily and then other things I tend to forget. I’m often baffled at what I can easily remember and then the things that I often forget. We all feel this way with the things we wish we could remember and then wonder why there are some things that we have no problem remembering.
One thing that I am very good at remembering, and comes back to haunt me so often, is the memory of mistakes that I have made. I know that we can learn from our mistakes and focus on not repeating them, which is a good thing about remembering the mistakes. However, the bad part about that memory of mistakes is how Satan likes to remind us so often that they somehow define us. He is absolutely WRONG! I have a very bad habit of remembering my mistakes and beating myself up over and over and over again about them. My wife and kids will attest to that!
The enemy has a sly way of popping his ugly head up every time a memory surfaces and a situation presents itself again and I repeat the cycle again getting down on myself. We learn here that God is always doing a new thing. We should never dwell on the past. It’s so easy for us to constantly dwell on things that we did wrong in the past and be reminded of them every day by the enemy. God wants us to instead focus on the new things He is doing with us and through us.
It’s almost as if we are feeding ourselves poison every time we dwell on the past and relive the emotions of the painful mistakes we have made. All the while God is trying to take this poison away from us and get us to focus on the new things He is doing. I know there are many people who will read this and are reliving the same painful memories from the past that keep haunting you. As the Apostle Paul shared to the church in Philippi, he pressed on, forgetting the past and focused on what was ahead. We definitely need to do the same!
Friends, whatever painful past memories you are struggling to stop dwelling on, ask God to give you the strength to overcome and move forward. I’m preaching to myself on this as well! I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m working on it. We are new creatures in Christ! The old has gone, the new has come! Let us focus on who we are in Christ!
Stop feeding on the poison of dwelling on the past.