TITLE: The Past. 12/6/17
By Maurice Armstrong
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We must learn from our past. Why make the same mistakes repeatedly?
“That men do not learn from the lessons of history are the most important lesson of history.” (Aldous Huxley).
Winston Churchill said, “Forgetting our history we are doomed to repeat it.”
Too many are trapped in and by their past—living in the prisons of what was.
But, you can break free. Jesus came to set the captive free.
Forgiveness is the master key which unlocks the gates of our past and opens a highway to the future.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray—saying “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…. For if we do not forgive others neither will our heavenly father forgive us.” Matthew 6:14,15. Everyone wants forgiveness, but so few will forgive.
We must learn to forgive and be forgiven.
That uneasy, feeling you've been wrestling with—it’s called guilt. It’s sometimes referred to as your conscience and it will not rest until you confess. To procrastinate only delays the inevitable.
It’s not possible, to rewind the clock and undo what’s done. Whatever happened—"If we confess our sins," "He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Repentance often involves restitution, therefore by all means restore. Accept the consequences of your actions. If you did the crime and you must “do time,” God will sustain you with his grace.
Whatever it takes—put the past behind you. Never let your past, suffocate your present and hinder you from a bright and successful future.
No! It’s never too late to begin again. I encourage you to get up, wash up, dress up, pull your pants up and stand up and step out. Take a deep breath and smile again. “Take those broken wings and learn to fly again.”
Make changes where you must, but by the grace of God—go—grow and glow.
Don’t look back… remember Lot’s wife—she turned into a pillar of salt. You cannot go forward while looking back. “That was then, this is now.”
Have you ever considered why the rear-view mirror in your car is only a fraction of the size of the windshield? It’s because there is so much more ahead than what's behind. An occasional glance in the mirror is only to remind you, of how far you have traveled. So keep moving, don’t stop.
Yesterday is past, and we may never see tomorrow. All we will ever have is now. Today. “This is the day that the Lord has made; so, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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