Everyone has one (a past)! Some may be harboring a grudge against someone (unforgiveness), and/or still suffering the pain from being hurt; or may be miserable, with feelings of discontentment, worry, anger, anxiety, fear, guilt, depression, regret, remorse, condemnation, restlessness, sleepless nights and uncontrollable thoughts about the past.
I’d like to share some Scriptures of God’s Word with you. When I speak these Scriptures (which is wielding the sword of the Spirit), I feel good, and any feelings of regret and remorse go away, because I’m in Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus’ Spirit is in me, therefore, I am a new creature in Christ, old things passed away and all things have become new for me in this new life I now live! 2 Cor. 5:17
Paul said in Phillipians 3:7-9 “7But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
If we can allow these Scriptures to settle within us, they will help us have peaceful, restful sleep! Sweet sleep is a promise for us if we keep God’s sound wisdom and discretion.
Proverbs 3:19-24 “19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.”
The first step in letting go of our past is laying it all down at the foot of the cross, and trusting in God to take care of us by guiding us through our inner man. (Read all of Proverbs 3!)
In Psalm 34 it is written “6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 9O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”
Sometimes after we’ve repented from sins, thoughts and memories come up within us and we begin to rehash something from the past. If you have already repented from a transgression, then a good Scripture to speak aloud (like Jesus did when the devil tempted Him in Matthew chapter 4) is Psalm 32:5 “5I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” If you have not asked God to forgive you, now is a good time! Also, if there is a person you need to apologize to, then do it~ because your spirit won’t rest until you do what the Holy Spirit is putting in your heart. Remember this one: Matthew 5:23-24 “23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
And we could mimic Paul’s attitude because of what he said in Phillipians 3:13-16 “13Brethren, 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, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.”
Then we can say “20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
“4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” John 1:12