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Today’s Truth

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:19

Friend to Friend

The past is a curious thing. Even though we have physically moved beyond it in years, we often live as if we are smack-dab in the middle of it. We still harbor some of the same emotions, habits, and knee jerk reactions that were cultivated into our beings as children. Sadly, we find ourselves responding from the same place of uncertainty, fear, shame, or defeat that characterized our upbringing—even though we proclaim to have been “born again” into new life. If we are honest with ourselves, our “new life” feels to be about 80% old ways.

My upbringing was challenging, to say the least. The emotional issues that each of my parents struggled with sent shock waves throughout our family. They were simply incapable of modeling healthy behaviors—emotional, physical, financial, or spiritual.

With a front row seat to such destructive brokenness day in and day out, I developed a prideful “know-it-all”, rise above attitude. I was rambunctious, resisted authority figures, and became, out of necessity, a survivalist. The one thing that seemed certain was that my past, if left unchallenged, had me on course for future destruction.

It wasn’t until I met and fell in love with Jesus (the one, true Know-it-All) as a teenager that I began, through His power and guidance, to unpack all the baggage that I had been carrying around since childhood. It took years before my suitcases were sorted through and I could begin to feel the resurrection power of a resurrected life—my own!

For me, the Bible’s second greatest account of a resurrection (after Christ’s, of course) is of Lazarus, Jesus’ dear friend. The detail of this story that has impacted my life the most is what Jesus said to Lazarus’ friends and family after He had raised him from the dead: “Take off his grave clothes and let him go (John 11:44, NIV).

When you and I come to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, it’s as if He has called us out of our own tombs. But there we stand, in newness of life, still clothed in our past. It would have been ridiculous for Lazarus to try to go on living wrapped up in the graves clothes, yes? Yet you and I do this when we don’t intentionally seek healing and restoration from the hurtful experiences of our pasts.

Jesus tells us in John 10:10 (NKJV) that he has come “that [we] may have life, and that [we] may have it more abundantly.” Believe me, one cannot live abundantly wrapped up in bondage to the past. Your past may have made you who you are today, but it doesn’t have to dictate who you are tomorrow and on into the future.

If you’ve been struggling to live differently than you’ve been, then I think it’s high time for you to break up with your past. And while you’re at it, take off your grave clothes, woman!

Let’s Pray

Almighty, resurrecting God, would You help us, once and for all, to break up with our pasts by stepping out of our grave clothes? You hold our futures and You have promised us in Joel 2:25 that You “will repay [us] for the years the locusts have eaten—”. We want that abundant life that You came for us to live.

In the power of Your Name, Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What grave clothes from your past do you still have stuck to you? Anger, unforgiveness, insecurity, poor self-health care, financial indebtedness? Like Lazarus, we often can’t get out of our grave clothes on our own. Seek godly counsel and the help of sincere friends who can assist you in the process of healing from your past and gaining healthy strategies for your future.

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12 Responses to “Breaking Up With Your Past”

  1. Melinda says:

    I just want to thank you for “Girlfriends in God”. Every day I read your devotional that seems to be written just for me. Everyone of you are blessing so many. I am very blessed by these Devotionals so thank you again and please keep on writing.

  2. Jeanne says:

    I’m dealing with insecurity and not feeling good enough for anyone
    My daughter was recently released from the hospital because of depression and suicidal thoughts and I feel responsible for it because of my insecurities! Please pray for us!

    • Lisa Morrone says:

      Lord, I pray for these two ladies, that you would renew their minds; that they might come to love themselves with the same passion with which you, LORD, love them!In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

  3. Rhonda says:

    Thank you for your devotionals They speak to me in ways that God is dealing with me. It is a huge blessing to reach people right where they are at. Blessings to you and “Girlfriends in God”!!

    Rhonda Smith

  4. Rebecca says:

    I like the idea of calling those things grave clothes. Jesus touched the dead and brought
    them to like even while they were still alive the leper. May He touch all the dead things in our lives, including dreams and health and mental issues.

  5. Alexis says:

    “Your past may have made you who you are today, but it doesn’t have to dictate who you are tomorrow and on into the future.” …So beautifully phrased. Thank you for your honestly and openness. The past continues to dictate my life more than it should and your words helped remind me of that struggle and how to overcome it, with our Lord and Savior.

    • Lisa Morrone says:

      Ah, Alexis, the Enemy has such an arsenal to use against us, but the cool thing is that the Word of God is fully able to extinguish all the flaming arrows aimed at our hearts and minds. Use Scripture to guard yourself. Hide behind it. And don’t forget to throw it back in Satan’s face when he comes to attack you!

  6. Rhonda says:

    Sometimes you have to break away from your old network living in small towns everbody knows your past your family ties etc. Cut people off. Pray for them and become your full potential the person that when you were formed in your mothers womb the lord had good plans for.Accept it and move on the lord already knew. Yes it so easy to get frustrated about it. But its getting to a new season in your life and wanting what the lord wants for you more than anything else

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