Christian Walk -
I have made a whole lot of mistakes in my life and I am trying to make up for those mistakes. How can I change and how will I know whether I have changed from the past, from what I was in the past?
Excellent question. A couple things. Instead of allowing your emotions and your
feelings to make your decisions for you, you have to allow the Word of God to
make your decisions for you. "Seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness and these things will be added to you."
Many people make decisions based on how they feel, based on their emotions. And
that is usually why you have made some bad decisions in your life and some
mistakes in your life because you made them out of anger, out of emotion, out of
lust, out of passion, or whatever. We need to make our decision based on, "Is
this something that God's Word tells me to do?"
Start making decisions that are in agreement with the Word of God and you will
see change in your life. And how will you know that you will see that change?
You will see the fruit of God's promises coming to pass in you life. So take you
money, for example. Make sure you are using your money the way God tells you to
do it. Make sure you are treating your family the way God tells you to do it.
Make sure you are focusing on the kingdom of God and doing things God's way and
you can find all of those things in the Bible. Doing things God's way will
produce God's results.
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How do I deal with my past when other people won’t let me forget it?
First of all, you have to deal with the past the way the Bible says to and then
you deal with the people. The Bible says, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new
creature; old things have passed away; all things are new.” The Bible says to
forget those things left behind. God buries your sin in the depths of the sea
(Micah 3:19). That’s how you deal with your past – reckon yourself dead to the
past, consider yourself a new creature, and be done with it.
Now, if you’ve really dealt with your past, if you’ve really asked God to
forgive you from it, if you’ve turned from it, move on and don’t worry what
anyone else thinks or says. Sometimes, it’s good when other people bring the
past up to us because it reveals to us whether we’ve really dealt with it or
not. When they bring it up, do you feel offended, guilty, shame? Then you
probably haven’t truly put your faith in the blood of Jesus concerning your
past. Maybe you’re trying to willpower your way into forgetting it, but you’ve
got to take it to Jesus and let Him wipe it away. When you’ve done that and
people say something, it won’t bother you anymore.
When people bring up your past, ask them, “Do you believe in the Bible, or don’t
you?” “Of course I do,” they’ll say. Then say, “The Bible says my past is over,
and I’m a new creature in Christ. When are you going to start believing the
Bible concerning that?” You know what? They’ll stop talking. And if they don’t,
you need to little by little distance yourself from that relationship.
Christian Walk -
The Bible talks about redeeming the time. How do you redeem the time after suffering a disappointing setback and get back into God’s perfect will?
How do we redeem the time that has been lost when we’ve made bad decisions, when
we’ve been disappointed, when we’ve had setbacks in life? We have to ask God to.
You know. The Bible says, “God will restore” in Joel 2. God says, “I will
restore the years that the cankerworm has eaten. I will restore the years that
the locust has eaten. I will restore the years that the devil has devoured. I
will restore to you the years.”
Plant a seed – that will help restore the years. Meditate on the Word – that
will help restore the years. And stop making the decisions that you’ve made in
the past, and don’t put your trust in people. Put your trust in God, and you’ll
see Him restore those years. Remember, the Bible calls Jesus “our redeemer.”
Since He’s the redeemer, He’ll redeem our souls, but He’ll also redeem our time.
That scripture – “redeeming the time for the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16) –
means to hurry up and get busy with the purpose of God for your life so that you
can be found a faithful witness of the Lord Jesus until He comes.