I realize we have talked about leaving the past behind many times in the past few months, today I want to show you the importance of leaving the past behind in a real and tangible way.

Last night a friend who lives in another city called me and informed me that she was near my home and asked if I wanted to pray for a while. I said ‘sure, come on by.’
As soon as she came in the house and we settled down to worship God, a holy and sweet presence of God filled my home. It was incredible. It was obviously God’s plan for the night and He was blessing our time indeed.

We worshipped God and sat in His sweet, heavy presence for a long time, it was wonderful. Then, we began to talk. I don’t recall who started the conversation, but it was about things from the past, people from the past and that sort of thing.

Frankly, there was no good fruit in it.

When the conversation began about past issues, the presence of God left the room. I mean, it immediately left the room. My friend continued talking while I sat there silent.

When she was finished talking I began to pray. I said ‘God I repent of bringing up my past, I thank you that it is as far from me as the east is from the west. I thank you that the blood of Jesus covers it all and there is no good reason to carry it into this new season in you. I ask you to forgive me and I release me from all things in my past. I am free and I won’t bring it up again.’

You see often we carry scars from our past. From past hurts, past disappointment, past failures, and so many other things. But there is no good fruit that comes from rehearsing those things. None. It’s past time to leave it all behind and to not allow it to affect you any longer.

I think God gives us time to mourn our past hurts and disappointments but I also think there is a time to let it go…and the sooner the better. I mean really let it go, don’t even allow it into your thoughts and certainly not into your conversations.
The very fact that God’s presence left the room the moment we began to talk about past things is proof that He is NOT pleased with it.

As I was meditating on this the Lord reminded me of Lot’s wife.

We all know the story. Lot was delivered from Sodom and Gomorrah by God’s mighty hand. He and his family were told ‘don’t look back’ yet his wife looked back.
Genesis 19:26 says; ‘But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.’

I decided to do a little bit of word study on this verse.
The word ‘pillar’ means; to station oneself, to appoint one’s position, to determine ones stand.

The word ‘salt’ means; to tear away, to disperse, to dissipate.

In other words, Lot’s wife determined her position to be in what was behind her instead and the new place God was leading her and in doing so, she tore away from God’s protection and began to dissipate instead. She was no more.

For us, looking back caused God’s presence to leave. And from this scripture we see that looking back stops you from going into the new place God has for you. Ouch!
Philippians 3:13 says; ‘but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to move on with God that I refuse to look back. And, I am so hungry for His tangible presence that I won’t do anything that will cause it to leave me. That’s my stand, that’s my position, how about you?

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