“Brethren, 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…” (Philippians 3:13).
Let it go. Your past hurts, disappointments, rejections, and failures, as well as your past successes, wins, and victories. I’m sure telling you to forget your past successes, wins, and victories sound strange. Stick with me, I’ll explain those in a minute. Let all of it go. Overcomers don’t live in the past nor keep revisiting the past, unless it’s to strengthen someone with their testimony.
You have to overcome your past. I’ve seen too many people unable to enjoy NOW because they can’t overcome their pasts. I’ve seen 40 and 50-year-old women stuck, unable to enjoy healthy relationships because of the past. I’ve seen grown women cry over their absent fathers and verbally abusive mothers. Their past hurts and disappointments have hindered these beautiful women from pressing into everything God has for them.
The past will rob you of your destiny if you let it. God has wonderful blessings in store for you but your past will cause you to miss out. And trust me, you don’t want to miss out on anything God has for you.
The past is a thief and is one of the biggest challenges I’ve had to overcome. I had to overcome my mom’s death and the loneliness I felt afterward.
Past successes and wins can hinder your future when you never stretch or challenge yourself to accomplish anything else. Yes, be excited about your wins. Be excited about your past accomplishments but know God has much, much more for you.
God’s Overcomers use their pasts as springboards toward greater levels of anointing and blessing. God’s Overcomers use their pasts to minister to others who are experiencing similar situations. Overcomers prevail over the hurts, disappointments, failures, successes, and wins of the past and are looking forward to future endeavors with zeal and anticipation.
Overcome the past. Overcome disappointment. Overcome hurt. Remember the definition of overcome: subdue, conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory. You get the victory over your past when your past no longer rules you through your emotions, feelings, or actions.
Don’t allow your past to keep you stuck. Press beyond your past. Overcome it. Prevail over it. Offer your past up to the Lord and let Him use your experience as He sees fit. Use your past for God’s glory, not your detriment.
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