When History Messes With Destiny

When was the last time you let your history mess with your destiny?  I can tell you when it was for me.  It was when I was wasting valuable time trying to rewrite it!  Our history is what it is—history—and spending time bemoaning it or trying to rewrite it is wasted time that distracts from the destiny God is calling you to do.

The most common way we let our history mess with our destiny is when we bog down in blaming others.  We blame others for our failures.  We blame others for our current station in life.  We blame others for our lack of meaning and purpose in life.  Blame-shifting is simply the blank page upon which we attempt to re-write our history and justify in our minds why we are not moving in the direction God would have us go.

There is a solution to overcoming the problem of history messing with destiny.  The Gospel!

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

(Romans 8:1-4)

For those who understand the truths of the Gospel, history can never mess with destiny.  Paul tells us that there is NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Jesus.  We don’t have to waste time grieving over our past.  We don’t need to shame or blame people in our past.  There’s no need to rewrite our histories.  We never again need to sink into blaming others to help us deal with our current circumstances in life.

Jesus has set us free from our past, no matter what was in it.  We need not fear our past.  We need not deny our past.  We need not blame others for our past.  We need not be chained to our past.  We need to simply embrace the truths of the Gospel, which assure us that we have been set free from our past and from the desire to recreate it or whitewash it in order to make ourselves look better or feel better about it.

The devil is a liar; he wants your history to mess with your destiny!  So he keeps trying to get you to focus on a painful past, littered with broken dreams, unfulfilled promises, and unrealized potential.  Don’t waste your time trying to rewrite all that old news.  You have been freed from the pain of your past and can submit to God’s call into the promise of your future. The prophet Micah rejoiced in the freedom God has granted us from our past history.

You will again have compassion on us;

you will tread our sins underfoot

and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.  (Micah 7:19)

God is for you.  He has not only wiped the slate of your past clean; He has broken it and promised to never use it again.  He has hurled that slate into the depths of the sea.  Every time we attempt to rewrite our history in order to make ourselves look or feel better, we are denying the power the Gospel.  We are forgetting, just as Peter warned we might, that we have been cleansed from our past sins (2 Peter 1:9).  We are ignoring Jesus’ victory cry from the cross (John 19:30) that all that history is finished!

The Gospel is not only the power of salvation; it is the power of sanctification that increases our reflection of Christ.  It is the power that propels us past whatever history we have, knowing that we are completely forgiven and unconditionally loved.  These Gospel truths free us from living in the past so that we can lean toward our future.

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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