Like a miner mines for gold we need to mine for truth in our lives.
The truth of who we were created to be by God gets buried underneath the rubble of years and years of lies thrown our way by people-broken people.
Sticks and stones may break our bones but words may never hurt us?
But we can replace the lies with truths and remove our feelings from the past experiences. When we do this we can separate ourselves from the past and how it made us feel. All the shame and regret is now no longer a part of who we are.
I read in Emily Freeman's book, Grace for The Good Girl: "Where there isn't a healing there is a haunting."
Are there any old wounds that haunt you? Do you know, really know that...
- The past is the past not the present.
- We are meant to learn from our past not live there.
- In the present we can look back to the lessons we learned and know they are now our story, but not our present truths. The past is our story.
- We are who we are today because of our past.
"There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ." Romans 8:1The enemy comes to steal our present joy by reminding us of our past mistakes. He wants to kill our dreams by keeping us focused on our lack. He seeks to destroy our future by whispering lies of what we were and never will be.
The wonderful-freeing news is that we get to choose what we will think on. We get to choose what we will believe. And we get to choose who we will serve.
Will it be our past? Or our future? Take some time today and mine for the truths in your own life.
I pray as you think back on your life you will allow God to filter your thoughts and give you a new perspective. Allow Him to show you how the past can be used for your future!
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8
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