What are the knee-jerk responses to this lie?
- We live feeling like damaged goods.
- We allow our feelings to permeate how we relate to the world.
- We feel unworthy to be used by God.
- We don’t enjoy or acknowledge the blessings of God in our lives.
- We keep people at a distance, because we’re afraid they might find out our past.
Psalm 147:3 - “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
What is the Truth?
God wants us to deal honestly with our past.
Psalm 39:2-3 - “I stayed quiet, not even saying anything good. And my sorrow grew worse. My heart was hot within me. As I thought about things, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue.”
Psalm 32:3 - “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.”
Here’s what we do:
- Bury it
- Blame others for it
- Run from it
- Beat themselves up over it
We need to be honest in three areas:
- Honest with ourselves
- Honest with God
- Honest with someone you trust
Job 18:4 - “You may tear your hair out in anger, but will that cause the earth to be abandoned? Will it make rocks fall from a cliff?” (NLT)
We need to remember that our past does not define us.
Here’s the lie – “That mistake will always be with me.” Who told you that?
Here’s the truth – 2 Corinthians 5:17 - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Here’s the lie – “I am damaged goods and deserve the bad breaks I get.” Who told you that?
Here’s the truth – Jude 1:24 - “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.”
Here’s the lie – “God continues to punish me.” Who told you that?
Here’s the truth – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 - “For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out His anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when He returns, we can live with Him forever.”
Here’s the lie – “My past defines me.” Who told you that?
Here’s the truth – 1 Peter 1:18-19 - “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom He paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
We need to free those that have hurt us
Romans 12:17-19 - “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’”
Psalm 56:8 - “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
John 15:5 - I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
“Your choices will not determine whether God winds up where He wants to go. He will arrive at his destination…either through you, around you, over you, by you, or in spite of you.” (Tony Evans)
Our past memories can be covered and healed by God’s truth
How can God heal our past memories?
- Fill your mind with God’s Word
- Believe what God says about you. Ephesians 1:4 - “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”
We need to remember that there is no future in the past.
Job 11:13-16 - “If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.”
- Devote your heart to God
- Reach out to God
- Put away your sin
- Stand firm without fear
1 John 3:21 - “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.”