Girl To Girl Talk: Let Go of Your Past and Walk into Your Bright Future!
Written by Christi Given | July 1, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This morning when you woke up, it was a new day, a gift given to you. A fresh slate, a moment in time to have the hopes of seizing our goals and a new morning to jump start our day. Of course, we all get in the routine of life and sometimes forget how quickly we take each individual day for granted. God gives us a new day, and He has so many great things awaiting us and has things for us to do for His Kingdom!
With every day there are new opportunities, doors and windows waiting for us to open and relationships to continue watering. I am so grateful for new days and fresh starts, aren’t you?
This week’s topic centers around past sin, new days and our hope for an exciting future with God. Someone asked if we are judged for past sins on judgment day, which is a great and important question.
What I do know, according to the Bible, is that when God forgives us, He forgives and throws our sin into the deepest oceans. But the Lord also mentions that all of our works are laid bare before His eyes for which we have to give an account (Hebrews 4:13).
We need to be able to walk in freedom in the victory of the cross AND also be conscious and have a godly fear, knowing we don’t use our freedom to sin because we “think” it’ll be forgiven and there will be no consequences. No, we walk in the grace God gave us with the fact that when we genuinely repent (turn away) from our old sin and behaviors, God will forgive us completely. We all will have to be accountable for our lives and actions before the Lord. I would like to focus on letting go of the past and walking into our future and hope!
You can choose to look behind you and be remorseful, regretful or stuck in quicksand of past mistakes. Let’s NOT do this, PI readers! If we are believers in Jesus Christ and know that He died for us on the cross for our sins (John 3:16-17), we don’t need to continue in pain, fear, anxiety, condemnation or shame.
First off, these things do not come from God but from Satan. God wants us to rest in His endless love, never-ending mercy and His redeeming grace. He wants to shower you with forgiveness!
Yes, sometimes people feel they have to re-hash their past hurts, unforgiveness or what shoulda-coulda-woulda, but honestly, that does not help advance you into a better life (John 10:10), but robs you of your joy! Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy your joy, hope, peace and trust in God. He wants to distract you with thoughts that don’t align themselves with God’s Word and will for your life.
Don’t waste your time! It is finished on the cross–Jesus paid it all! Pray and accept this free gift, turn from your old lifestyle with the help of godly friends and mentors, and remove negative thoughts that overpower your life. Think positively and remember, God does not condemn us; He convicts. When we feel convicted and have already repented, God says He remembers that sin no more and throws it into the deepest oceans (Micah 7:19). He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west! God is so gracious!
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember them no more (Hebrews 8:12).
THE FUTURE AND OUR HOPE:
With new days come new beginnings. I am so thankful that each day we have hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). When we repent from our old, sinful ways, we can walk in the anointing and victory of the Lord. We don’t have to stay in our past or be fearful because we know God has amazing plans in store for our lives, and if we partner with God in His plan, we know that He will show us great and mighty things in our life
His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS (Lamentations 3:23).
Project Inspired is the perfect example! Years ago, Nicole and I would have never thought how much PI would reach young girls and wouldn’t have dreamed at how PI has turned out. God is so faithful! I can also say I am a living witness of this, as God has done exceedingly and abundantly more than I could ever ask or imagine with my music, journalism, hosting with JCTV and more (Ephesians 3:20).
How has God blessed your life with new days, fresh starts and new doors of opportunity? Comment below!