“If my younger self had met me today, I would have punched myself in the face.”—John Jerryson, 46
Bitter past, days of licentious lifestyle, unrealized dreams, broken relationships…Memories of the past may be haunting your mind every now and then. Wished you could undo certain actions and inactions of yours. But look. The reality is: meditating on the mess in the past makes the message God has for you today voiceless.
Hear the word of the Lord:
“I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.”—Joel 2:25
You cannot re-live the past; but God has the capacity to redeem the time you’ve wasted.In Joel 2, God promises restoring your wasted years with His abundance. He wants to fill the rest of your life with His glory, love, grace and peace until you’re full. It doesn’t matter how ruined or wretched your life is now, our Lord on the cross took away all our sins and shame—including your past wrongs. You don’t have to yield to the devil’s condemning thoughts and guilt.
You must be thinking: “You have no idea how I have naively succumbed to ideas that have utterly devastated my life”. Then I must tell you, friend: “You have no idea, why Christ left His throne to die in our place”. Think about this messianic scripture :
“They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.” Psalm 69:4
Christ was condemned in your place; the burdens of your past wrongs weighed Him down. And for that which He took not away; He restored. Listen friend, there’s a 100% restoration for you today because of our Lord Jesus. God is not holding on to your past; so let it go!
There’s never a wasted or unqualified life before the savior. The emphasis is not on how ruined the past might seem to be, but how wonderful Christ has made you by His once and for all sacrifice. Take this lesson from Apostle Paul:
“…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”—Philippians 3:13-14
Start a new life in Christ, live undefeated and enjoy the renewing love of the Savior.