By Dana Goodrum
The enemy uses our past to cause confusion and disorder in our lives. He is the record keeper of the past. He torments us with feelings of shame, guilt, condemnation, and a host of other seriously awful feelings. He loves to remind us of things we have done to keep us from feeling deserving of God’s love and grace. Even things we may have had no control over he will use to make us feel at fault.
The enemy reminded me of every awful thing I had done since I was like seven, yes, there were things upon things. He shamed me all the way up to my current state of mess, and then mocked how my life wasn’t even together still, so how dare I step foot inside of a church. Thus, he succeeded at keeping me away from God for a few more months, or even years, it happened so many times in my 8 year hiatus. Until we remove that power from the past, the enemy can always use it to drive a wedge between us and God.
Now, how about the actual past, that luggage we carry for years; the mistakes, scars, hurt, and betrayals. We take it from relationship to relationship, or keep it buried somewhere deep down inside. It’s the chains we often hear about. But you see, when it came to my past, my chains, I was the person who felt I was the exception to grace. I mean, we’re talking about a decade of bad decisions here, which was a lot to be forgiven for. Not just a few curse words, or a few drunken nights. The more I tried to get it together, the worse it got.
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