The Danger of NOT Letting go of your Past

Last week I had a BIG wake-up call (don’t you just love it when God does that?) and I was faced with news that would finally sever ties to the past. Even though in my mind I thought that I had left the past behind obviously I hadn’t fully let it go.

God brought a visiting pastor to our church, and he preached on this topic, which convicted me so much, so I’m passing what I took from it onto you because maybe you too need to hear this.

So many times we think we have left the past behind but we’re still holding on to it, the door to our past is still open ‘just in case’ and that means we’re not fully committed to moving forwards.

When the Hebrews left Egypt and were faced with the Red Sea, they cried out and complained “why did you take me out of Egypt” because sometimes our past no matter how difficult somehow feels easier than the uncertainty or perceived difficulty of the future.

YHWH responded to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” (Exodus 14: 15)

We are commanded to move on, go forward and like the visiting pastor reminded us God created us with eyes that look forward and feet that face forward for a reason. We’re not supposed to travel backwards, we’re not supposed to be looking backwards, but eyes straight ahead looking into what could be and feet following, our path lit by the WoG.

Do you know what happens when we hold on to our past?

Rather, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him."

Do you know what happens when we hold on to our past?

We believe that that’s all there is for us. Our imagination and belief around the future become limited and tarnished, but God says this:

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being.” (2 Cor 5: 17, BLB)

Check out the slightly different versions of this verse on Biblehub, I particularly like the above version and the NLT version that says “a new life has begun!!!!” Phew, isn’t that amazing! A new thing, a new life has already begun, the old has passed and died – God’s not interested in the past anymore, YHWH has got new and better things in store for you and He has already started putting the pieces together – HALLELUYAH!!!

What He is now is waiting is for us walk forwards in faith towards it.

But that’s often the real obstacle isn’t it? That we, with no guarantees and no glimpses into the future, we have to somehow believe enough to let go of the past and trust enough to walk forwards into the unknown. It’s hard, I write from experience.

We are called to walk forwards in faith, we can’t keep looking at what is already dead, and buried in the past. Yeshua said, “let the dead bury the dead”, these words might seem harsh but the truth behind that is Him saying “Don’t look back, I’ve still got things in store for you to do and experience in the future”.

God blesses our faith, He is a rewarder of those who know Him and believe in Him, we show our faith by marching forwards into the Red sea even if it doesn’t look like it’ll part for us. In order to start meeting all those new things that God has placed in our path we need to cooperate with him, we need to take steps further and further away from the past and into our future. We need to believe that God has more and better in store for us.

I keep saying need, and I know that word is frowned upon especially in CBT circles because it’s like you have a fixed mindset. But here’s why my perspective of mindset work and maybe the work of others who do mindset work is different, God says that our mind SHOULD be fixed on the things of Heaven and I believe that wholeheartedly.

You can start by saying this mantra out to yourself,

“I am a NEW CREATURE in Christ, the old has passed away, I am free of my past and I boldly step into the promise of a brighter future”.

Don’t allow doubts, fears or the past stop you from claiming what God has in store for you. Remember just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t.

“But as Scripture says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” ” (1 Cor 2: 9)

Are you struggling to let go of something, I would love to help you. Let’s book a no-obligation 30 minute Consultation together.

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