Let Go of the Past and Always Look Ahead

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The fibers of human conscience revolve around past experiences and past memories. These things of the past can weigh people down and cause them to feel guilt. And it is this strong sense of the past which people cannot shake off. But, in this post, whether you’ve been heartless, good, or whatever there is in between, I want you to learn how to let go of the past through Jesus’ finished work on the cross.

The Nature of Guilt

Guilt is literally ancient. There’s no doubt about it. People have been feeling guilty for thousands of years. David who lived thousands of years before us can relate to how guilt haunts an individual.

Psalm 51:3 World English Bible (WEB)
For I know my transgressions.
    My sin is constantly before me.

David felt guilty as he says that his sin was constantly before him. This meant that he would constantly remember what he did and this was painful to him. To resolve this, he expressed his guilt to God in the psalm and asked Him for forgiveness.

But, he went through very severe consequences for his actions as he was in the Old Covenant which I’ll explain later. Nevertheless, David wrote this psalm after he committed adultery with a woman and murdered her husband to cover up his sin.

I’m pointing this out because you need to know that guilt is a very real issue. And guilt even transcends time as many have experienced it in the past.

Allowing Your Conscience to Let Go of Guilt

Whatever you’ve done in the past, whether you’ve lied, cheated, betrayed, murdered, and the list goes on and on, your conscience records it. Guilt is a thing of the conscience. It is your conscience which torments you with haunting reminders of your history.

Romans 2:15 World English Bible (WEB)
15 in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying with them, and their thoughts among themselves accusing or else excusing them)

The work of the law is apparent and well-displayed in the hearts of people and the conscience is what convicts people of their wrongdoings. That is why you might think that you must suffer for your past sins.

The Old Covenant written on your heart ensured that the soul who sins is the soul that must die. Of course, this way of thinking is logical and makes sense, but, you must remember one thing… love never tries to make sense.

So, God wanted to make the New Covenant where He died in your place so you could attain everlasting life.

The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus

Romans 8:2 World English Bible (WEB)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.

Jesus wants you to give your guilt to Him. Jesus did away with the law of sin and of death by dying of the cross for your sin so that His new law can be administered to your heart. His new law is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and this law ensures that only the blood of Jesus can cleans your conscience of all guilt.

Exodus 24:8 King James Version (KJV)
And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.

Even in the Old Covenant as is shown with Moses in the above scripture, the New Covenant was foreshadowed. But now, because Jesus already died to restore you, and His blood was shed for your sake, we can let Him sprinkle His blood on our guilt-ridden hearts so that we are set free.

Hebrews 10:22 King James Version (KJV)
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

It is only up to you to let go of your guilt because Jesus paid the price for your freedom.

To Let Go and Look Ahead

Hebrews 12:2 King James Version (KJV)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Once you accept Jesus as the Lord your God, just look unto Him. What I mean by looking ahead is to look unto Jesus. When you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, nothing can stop you.

Listen to the voice of His Spirit and He will guide you in the direction of His will. And we know that His will holds nothing but good for your life.

John 10:10 World English Bible (WEB)
10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

Forgive others because Jesus forgave you and understand that your new identity is as a new creation. That means you are constantly renewed as a new creation. So, you don’t need to repeatedly do bad things just because God’s taken away your guilt, but instead, you live by the law of Spirit and of life so that Jesus will empower you to do what is right.

2 Corinthians 5:17 World English Bible (WEB)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

When you are in Christ Jesus and you secure your identity in Him, all of your past failures are forgotten by God. He sees you as a constantly new creation. Therefore, keep your eyes on Jesus, remember His love, let go of your guilt, and embrace Him as your Lord and Saviour.

The Master Who Makes All Things New

Since the New Year started, much talk has been dedicated to resolutions and goals. It seems as if everyone wants a fresh start. And that’s good; we all desire a fresh start, whether it be with our goals, our relationships, or whatever else comes to mind. However, we also need a fresh start when it comes to our spiritual life.

Forgetting Your Mistakes

Now, I have good news for you; the moment you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, He provides you with a clean slate. And the greatest fresh start you could ever make is with Jesus. When you give your life to Jesus, God chooses to forget your past as He leads you through the future!

You may say, “Andre! Where in the Bible does it say that?! How could God forget, I thought he was all-knowing!”

Hebrews 8:12 World English Bible (WEB)
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness.
    I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34

It is not that the omniscient God of this universe has a light case of amnesia; it is that He chooses to not remember what you did wrong in the past. If you have struggled with anything in the past, in any moment prior to now, I am proclaiming to you that God wants to make a change in your life! The only one who will bring past mistakes to your mind is either you or the devil, but it’s never God who does that.

The Unstoppable Transformative Power of Grace

When Jesus died on the cross, He died as you. When Jesus rose again on the third day, He rose victorious and because of what He did, you are now seen by God as perfectly righteous, which I have written about in another post.

Romans 6:10-11 World English Bible (WEB)
10 For the death that he died, he died to sin one time; but the life that he lives, he lives to God. 11 Thus consider yourselves also to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you have disobeyed God before, that old you has died on the cross and now you are alive as an obedient child of God. You may not “feel” obedient, you may not “feel” transformed, but our God does not see what you feel, He sees what your believe.

Hebrews 11:6 World English Bible (WEB)
Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.

Thus, put your faith in what Jesus did and see how He has made you a new creation and now, you do not need to “work” harder to be obedient to God; you just need to trust Him so that Jesus’ power of obedience works within you.

In God’s eyes, when you place your faith in Jesus, your old self dies. The part of you which was contrary to God no longer exists, but, the power which resurrected Jesus ensures that you live life to the fullest as a new creation in Christ Jesus.

New Creation in Christ Jesus

2 Corinthians 5:17 World English Bible (WEB)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

When you are in Jesus, when you let Jesus hold your life in His hands, you are an abosultely never-before seen creation. You are not dirty, you are not dumb, you are not any lie which has attached itself to your thinking through past experiences, you are God’s beloved new creation.

He activated your Spirit and now, you can live a life with Him. That is why He says, “Behold,” in the above scripture. He is telling you not to look at your old self, but to look at the new creation which He has made you to be because of Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 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,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Even Paul, the one who was a persecutor in ancient times, the guy who killed and imprisoned Christians, made a fresh start with Jesus. He is the one who was speaking through the inspiration of Holy Spirit in the above verse. He made is clear that he decided to forget his past sins and to push on forward in his ministry appointed by God. God used him to do so many great things for His glory, to the point of Paul writing a lot of what we read in the New Testament.

Therefore, look at the mirror, and behold what a miracle God has done! You are no longer a thing of the past, but are a hope for the future and God will bless you so that you can be a blessing to others, as well.