“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” — Hebrews 8:12
After we have made mistakes and repented of them, we need to receive God’s forgiveness. Many of us struggle with receiving forgiveness because we haven’t forgiven ourselves. However, the Lord desires that His people walk in the freedom that His forgiveness provides. We have work to do for the Lord, so we must receive His forgiveness.
Stop dwelling on past mistakes and keep it moving forward, doing those things that the Holy Spirit sets in our path to do. A perfect Scripture right here is Isaiah 43:18, which says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
This article came to me while I was watching the movie about the life of singer Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” The movie is named after one of her hit songs, but there is another song she sings as the movie ends, “I Don’t Wanna Fight.” As I heard these words, the Lord said to me, this is an article to be written about. I always listen when the Lord speaks a column topic into my spirit.
Here are the words that caught my attention — in fact, this entire song pleads my case. Though Tina is talking about her man, all you need to do is substitute the theme of this song with our Heavenly Father. Let’s take a look at the lyrics:
“There’s a pale moon in the sky, the kind you make your wishes on/Oh, like the light in your eyes, the one I built my dreams upon/It’s not there any longer, something happened somewhere and we both know why/But me, I’m getting stronger, we must stop pretending, I can’t live this life/I don’t care who’s wrong or right, I don’t really wanna fight no more. Too much talking, babe. Let’s sleep on it tonight, I don’t really wanna fight no more. This is time for letting go.”
Next verse: “I hear a whisper in the air, It simply doesn’t bother me/Can’t you see that I don’t care, or are you looking right through me?/It seems to me that lately, you look at me the wrong way and I start to cry/Could it be that maybe this crazy situation is the reason why?”
And the words that really caught my attention: “Hanging on to the past, it only stands in our way/We had to grow for our love to last, but we just grew apart.”
Satan is the mastermind of bringing our past mistakes to remembrance. He often will remind us just before we are about to take those critical first steps of faith. Here is when we must resist dwelling on our past mistakes and continue to speak the word of God to those thoughts which are the opposite of what He has promised in His Word. Allow His written promises to be your guide. The devil and his demons can’t stand the Scriptures being used against their condemnations — they will flee.
When you hear those negative thoughts, just begin to thank and praise God, saying “Hallelujah,” which is indeed the highest praise.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.