Updated: Feb 15, 2019
How many of you have felt every single one of those emotions? I know I have, and I still do. It seems right when I get my head straight and focused something comes along or something happens that knocks me right off my feet.
It also seems to be a situation that will break me the quickest or something that brings the past flooding right back again. I assumed the past was long gone.
Satan loves to use our past to keep us entangled in the mess we were once in. He wants to remind us of where we were so we can’t see where we are going. He doesn’t want us to have hope and a future of prosperity. We often surmise him and those lies more often than we want to admit. It’s easier to believe we don’t deserve the opposite of the emotions I listed because that’s just the way “it’s always been” and why should we expect anything to be any different.
Many times, we don’t have faith that we can be….
But we can! Isaiah 43:18-19 Says something like this: “Don’t think about things of the past. Don’t you realize God will bring a new thing? He will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. God has chosen us and set us apart from the things of our past. He has not brought us this far just to drop us where we are or allow us to slip back into the way things used to be if we trust what He says and not what the enemy says.
We will always face adversity, but God will never allow the enemy to take over, whether that enemy is someone or something. It can be quite the challenge to push through when this sudden, unexpected battle is right in front of us. However, we must keep our eyes on God and our focus on the purpose He has for us.
It’s always easier to just give up and wallow in our pit. Well, at least now it is. I speak from experience it is even harder later. You will either fight for what you want now or fight even harder for what you don’t want later - that is up to you.
Wrestling with regret is harder than making the change now or fighting through the obstacle now. I won’t lie to you, I don’t like having to face a struggle from my past. Those emotions are debilitating. I don’t ask for the past to come back, it just shows its ugly head on its own. What I know is I will trust in God that He will use it in my favor and for His glory. I trust Him enough to trust every setback I face always serves a purpose for my good because I love God and I am called according to HIS PURPOSE (Romans 8:28). I know God has set me apart for a purpose that for me and it is my obligation to continue to follow His lead to walk in that purpose.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)