Full Assurance In The Heart – Day 43

June 3, 2011

18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19

One of the greatest gifts we have been given is the capacity to learn and store information in our mind.  The capability for man to house such knowledge is greater than any computer man can make, because along with the storing of knowledge is man’s ability to hold onto the memories that life brings.

The memories of the first glance into the eyes of the one you are spending your life with or the first gaze into the eyes of the child you bring forth into the world is priceless. Many times life’s experience can become a great reference point for life.  But then there are those times when pondering on the memories of the past are a hindrance to us; especially when we ponder on our past failures, hurts and disappointments.  These kinds of memories can often act as a barrier in our life; they have the power to keep us from forging ahead because of the pain and/or fear that they bring, draining us of our courage, hope and faith.

If we are going to be a people who forge ahead in faith, we will need to be a people of selective memory.   In Isaiah 43, we are encouraged not to remember the former things, or give consideration to the things of old, because God is about to do something new.

How can we forget or let go of the past?  The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that when we yield our life to the work of the Cross, it settles the issues of our past so we can move forward with fresh expectation.

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

If you are placing your trust and confidence in Christ, and have placed your past at the foot of the Cross you can have full assurance in the heart that today is a new day, filled with new things that God has prepared for you.  Take the advice of Apostle Paul as you forge ahead today and do not allow the former things to rob you of the destiny that lies ahead.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

Philippians 3:13

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