Let the past be the past

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 1:56 p.m.
We as humans love the feeling of nostalgia. The feeling of nostalgia is the sentimental longing for things associated in our past.
We tend to buy DVDs of old movies we saw when were younger. We tend to buy or download vintage music. Some of us even go to antique shops and thrift stores to capture the feeling of nostalgia. The reason for this pattern of behavior is largely due to us being creatures of habit. Although life moves on, we like to associate with things in our past because it gives us comfort and good feelings.f-z In order for God to take us to the next dimension in our lives and ''enlarge our territories'' in this new year, we will need to let the past be the past.
There are some things in our past that are not beneficial for our future.
First, it is imperative that we forgive. The Bible says, ''Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.'' (Hebrews 12:1) When we do not forgive others because of things that have happened in the past, we bring those burdens in the new year with us, thus slowing us down. God wants us to soar to our next dimension. It is difficult to accomplish that with the noose of unforgiveness around our neck.
Secondly, let go of the folly in our lives. The Bible says, ''As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.'' (Proverbs 26:11) This scripture tells us that we need to do things differently. The definition of insanity is to partake in something utterly foolish or to be involved in extreme folly. It is insane to do some of the things we have done in the past. We should be inspired to change the people, places and things that do not benefit us spiritually.
Remember the account in Genesis of Lot and his family fleeing from Sodom and Gomorrah. Because of all the sinful corruption, those cities were destroyed. However, God had favor on Lot and his family. It states, ''And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.'' (Genesis 19:17).
Unfortunately, as they approached the city of Zoar, their safe haven, Lot's wife looked back, thus turning into a pillar of salt because of her disobedience. Although she was outside of the city gates, she still had Sodom and Gomorrah in her mind and in her spirit. Another point we can learn from this story is that Lotıs wife was not able to move to the next level, ╩the mountain╦, instead, she was stabilized in crystal form. We do not want to be at the same level we were at last year. In 2007, we need to allow God to take us to another level by changing the way we think and do things by putting off the old man and putting on the new through Christ Jesus. (Colossians 3:9-10) We must be done with that old life because it's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes that we should strip off and put in the fire. Now we should be dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of our new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it. All the old fashions should now be obsolete. f-z Thirdly, we must stay focused on our purpose. ''And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'' (Luke 9:62) In other words, no procrastination, and no backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off until tomorrow. Seize the day. God wants to do new things in us and with us. Therefore, we must consult God through prayer and through His Word for divine guidance. We all have a great commission from God that we must fulfill. That purpose should be to show the love us Jesus to others and go out and train them, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all He has commanded you. We should be purpose-driven in this new year and through seeking God, He will give us wisdom on how to fulfill our purpose.f-z The year 2007 is our year of completion. There are some things that our almighty God has begun to do in our lives in previous years that he will finish in 2007 only if we heed the words of Paul and apply them to our lives.
Paul said, ''I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward - to Jesus. I'm off and running and I'm not turning back.'' (Philippians 3:12-13).
Pastor Karl ''The Rev'' Anderson is co-pastor of Upper Room Ministries Church of God in Christ.

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