Jun 23

Free From the Past

This past Sunday we had a guest preacher.  Pastor Derwin Gray of  Transformation Church in Fort Mill, SC delivered a message that I will not soon forget. It was a prodigal son message. I’ve heard the story many times (Luke 15:11-32), but this week it seemed new to me.  Don’t you just love how God’s Word is like that?  You can read the same verses over and over yet God can use them to speak to you in a different way each time.  Of course the story of the prodigal son did not change, but the pastor delivered it in his own style and I haven’t been able to quit thinking about it since.

If you have not read this story, check it out in Luke 15.  “Marinate” on it, as Pastor Gray would say :)  He also added some of his own words of wisdom taken from God’s Word, specifically this story.  If you’ve ever struggled with forgiveness, guilt, or your past, you need to claim these today!

“If we could do something to make God love us more, that would diminish what Jesus did for us.” So true!!!!  How often to we try to please God hoping that He will forget the bad we’ve done and remember the good.  Well guess what?  He does. But not because of what we do.  Because of what Jesus did…dying on the cross to remove our sin.  If we could make God love us more, then what Jesus did doesn’t matter.  We can’t make God love us more. He already loves us the mostest of all! No matter what we do, have done, or try to be.  He just does. He loves us. Always has. Always will.

“Your past doesn’t define you. Jesus’ past does.” Thank You Jesus!!!  Thank You so much, I can never give You enough thanks and praise for this.  What You did for me and the fact that I love and believe in You, THAT defines me.  I’ve done many things I regret.  If I could change that, I would for sure, but I can’t.  Thank the Lord that doesn’t mean that I’m done for!  It just means I messed up.  Jesus gives me freedom from my past.

“Every Christian has a past, every sinner has a future.” I can’t add much more to that.

Do you struggle with the sins of your past?  The prodigal son did too.  Yet, when he returned home, his father was waiting for him with the fatted calf, a new robe, open arms, and a party!  Wouldn’t it be terrible if when the party was over, the son went back to believing that he was a no good scum failure?  His father would not want him to ever believe that.  Your Father in Heaven doesn’t want you to believe that either. I hope you don’t. Leave your sins where they belong. With Jesus. In the past.

I know how hard it is to believe that we are indeed worthy and valuable. I hear the same negative voices in my ear that many of you do.  But they aren’t from God.  Let’s not listen to them any more. If you still have doubts, read my Top 10 Ways to Know You Are Worthy.

John 10:10– “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”

I pray you are living a free and full life today.

Much Love  <3

Melissa

Comments

  1. Thank you Melissa! When I think of my past sins, I of course shake my head and wonder what I was thinking, instead I say a prayer of how thankful I am to have learned through Him, not to continue to repeat those sins and how to live free of them. Now if I could just figure out a way to forget them! Really just so thankful I am not repeating those bad choices. Praise God!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I struggle with things all the time, and just when I’ve seemed to put them away…they get dug up again. I struggle with my weight. With the choices I’ve made and am making now, I haven’t been good to my body. I eat based on my emotions and I have always done that. It’s so hard to break. I know this sounds strange, but a part of me feels that keeping the weight is my way of protecting myself. I’ve afraid that if I lose the weight I’ll lose myself. I know, I know…that is the craziest thing you have heard in a while, but I do feel this way. I’m not talking 10, 15, or even 50 lbs to lose. I have 170 lbs to lose to be at a “normal weight” range. So I very much understand this struggling thing first hand.

    Melissa, thanks for everything you do. Jenn

  3. Thanks Melissa for sharing your heart on this. I struggle so much with this issue…I’m going on a week long personal retreat next week…I’m going to focus on this very thing.

  4. Aloha Hand says:

    Thank you for sharing! I struggle with forgetting! I know that God has forgiven me for my past sins, but I cannot forgive myself! I know that is sinful and I pray daily for God to help me forgive myself. Dawn’s words are an inspiration as well and I am going to learn from her. I will begin thanking God that I am in a different place in my life and not repeating those sins!!! Melissa, you are such an inspiration to me and I thank God for our paths crossing!!!!! Thanks for all you do!

  5. Kim Kitchens says:

    Hey Melissa,
    I just read your last 4-5 blogs; is that what they are called? Ha! They remind me of myself so much, and all the verses that you mentioned are ones that I have literally lived on and held on to in order to make it thru life! I could be writing your words; amazing how much we have in common, the beach, crying and laughing at the same time, impossible to really “feel” beautiful, our little girls, and on and on……No wonder we were so close so many years ago. I hope that we can get back together sometime soon.
    Love,
    Kim

  6. I wish I was worthy!!! Instead all I can ask is why God didn’t let me die so I couldn’t shame Him any more, and I wouldn’t have to carry the weight of my pain.