It is 2018! A new year! Woo hoo!! As usual, everyone is excited because a new year equals a fresh start. We’ve personified 2017, turning it into a person who was either abusive and just down right wrong or wonderful and full of gifts. I dare not personify the past 12 months because I understand that God was on the throne, not “2017”. But I will say that 2017 was one of the best years of my life because so many of the promises that God spoke to me manifested. I married the man of my dreams (That is a testimony by itself. Perhaps I’ll share soon), became pregnant with our third child, I purchased my first home, I witnessed numerous miracles, and last but not least I lived to see 2018.
God has truly been faithful to me. However, his faithfulness includes correction. Let me explain….
My family and I brought in the new year in church. The word for the House was to not remember the former things because He is doing a new (fresh) thing. (Of course there was a lot more, but for the sake of this post and my testimony, I’ll keep it simple.) He is truly doing a new thing. But how can we receive this new thing if we won’t let go of the past? Sounds cliché, right? But let me tell you. I was challenged with that word AS SOON AS service ended. I found myself in the middle of an argument because I wouldn’t let go of the past.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?
In Revelation 21:5 He says, “Behold, I make all things new.”
What is so important about this? Why can’t we move forward in our lives and still consider the past?
Because it is impossible!!
Let’s look at Lot’s wife. The Lord delivered Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. They were instructed: “do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” (Gen 19:17) As we all know, Lot’s wife, “looked back behind him (Lot), and she became a pillar of salt.” (Gen 19:26)
What’s interesting about this, though, is that she didn’t look back as soon as they left (as the story is often depicted in movies.) The angel told Lot that he couldn’t destroy Sodom and Gomorrah until they arrived at Zoar (the city that Lot begged to flee to.) Zoar wasn’t a 20 minute run down the street. The Bible says that it took them an entire day to get to Zoar. They didn’t arrive at Zoar until “the sun had risen upon the earth.” After all of that time, Lot’s wife decided to look back in disobedience. Even after getting completely out of Sodom and Gomorrah, her heart was still stuck there. She looked back disobediently and died.
What are you killing in your life by not being obedient?
I was killing my marriage.
My husband and I had been through some stuff before we married! I could truly write a book. I prayed and cried for God to deliver Him and turn his heart. God did just that and now we’re married with a beautiful family. But I couldn’t enjoy it because I was always looking back. I couldn’t truly open up to my husband because a part of me saw him the way he was before. I had a hard time being vulnerable because I expected to be hurt. It was as if I was waiting for the old thing to rear its ugly head. I didn’t realize this until we got into the argument on New Years night.
Behold, I will do a new (fresh) thing, now it shall spring forth (already happening); shall you not know it?
But God is faithful. He showed me that my marriage is truly His work. My husband and I are both new. God has given me someone who loves me unconditionally. He has loved me through situations that I know for a fact no other man would stick around in. He has truly loved me like Christ loves the church. That is proof right there that my husband is new. Trust me. Two years ago, he would’ve been ghost if we were faced with some of the things we’ve recently been faced with. He is not the same person so why do I continue to consider the past?
God is serious about letting go of old things and even more serious about obedience to His word. We can’t walk forward while looking backwards. And we can’t receive all that He has for us if our hearts are full of past junk. I may not have physically died, but I was slowly sticking a knife in the new thing because I was more focused on what was than the beautiful present (pun intended) that God had given me.
I’m thankful that the argument happened. I’m glad that the Lord dealt with that issue swiftly in day 1 of 2018. Now, when the enemy presents the past to me, I’ll recognize the tactic and cast down those thoughts in the name of Jesus. I choose to trust the Lord, be obedient, and take Him at His word.
I admonish you to do the same.
My prayer for you is that you truly let go of everything that has occurred prior to this very second. Give it all over to the Lord. He wants to do a new thing, so let Him.