Stuck in the past? I was. For decades! Psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, self-help groups, recovery groups, support groups, self-help books, medications, and the like didn’t get me unstuck. They helped me stay stuck! I spent the better part of several decades looking in the rear-view mirror! Know what happens when a driver uses his rear-view mirror and never looks at the road ahead? He crashes! I crashed! I was one broken hopeless wreck! I am no longer stuck, friend. The Lord Jesus Christ set me free. How?
The Lord saved me from my sins, filled me with His Holy Spirit, and when I finally truly surrendered and made a wholesale commitment to Him and His ways, He took me into the “wilderness” for about 7 years and began by His Holy Spirit to teach me His Word, the Bible, and how to live by it.
Instead of teaching me to live in the past and to re-hash it over and again, to talk about it non-stop with anyone who would listen, to run around from one counselor to another to get more “help”, and to let my emotions rule and reign in my life, all of which I had done for years, HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO GET THE FOCUS OFF ME AND ONTO HIM AND THE BIBLE AND OTHERS AND HIS WILL FOR MY LIFE I.E. MINISTRY.
Amazing, isn’t it? The world teaches us the best way to heal from our struggles from the past is to focus on them. Friend, the devil had a field day in my life with that technique. For the more I focused on the past, the more stuck I became! Jesus changed my focus. Off the past. Onto Him. Onto the Bible. And His will for my life. Jesus set me free! Hallelujah. AMEN!
Please understand I am not perfect. Jesus is. I am a work in progress. His work. I have my times of allowing my thoughts to drift backward. The devil comes hard at me trying to drag me back. Sometimes I stumble. And fall a little. But before the shackles come back on my feet, before I go back and get stuck there, the Lord reminds me to return my focus – TO HIM! And off I go – forward. Following my beloved Jesus!
Need to get unstuck? Change your focus! To Jesus! To the Bible! To His will for your life! And onto others – loving and serving them in His name! AMEN!
Oh, Father, I am the last person on this earth I would ever have imagined could be free from being stuck in the past. It seemed utterly impossible! Well, Lord, it was! Without you, I would have stayed there. If I even made it, Lord. I wanted to die, to kill myself, that’s how painful it all was and how awful the bondage of being stuck in the past was. But you, oh Lord, by your love, mercy, and grace, SET ME FREE. Please Lord use this message to set many, many more people free! Thank you, oh Lord, AMEN!
“And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”” John 8:29-32