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Grab Hold of Your Future by Letting Go of the Past

"...for you have been born again, not from perishable seed, but imperishable, through the word of God which lives and abides forever." 1 Peter 1:23

Every person on the planet has a past, but natural and spiritual- for better or for worse. Letting go of the past is part of everyone’s life journey, but it is especially important for how your spiritual future proceeds. You can’t change the decisions you made any more than you can change the decisions someone else made that affected you; and both your spirit and soul will manifest the effects of those experiences. On top of that, every person ever made is given an inherent thumbprint of another person- the DNA from your parents and that, too, will affect aspects of your life. This makes letting go of the past a lifelong journey that can bring fundamental transformation when Christ is the guide. Unlike your natural DNA, which cannot be altered, your spiritual DNA can absolutely be transformed.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

The phrase “new creation” in 2 Cor. 5:17 refers to the same process as undergoing a metamorphosisthe transformation of one creature into an entirely different one, even at the molecular level. There’s nothing left of the former thing. Your spiritual DNA and your past spiritual experiences influence how you relate to the Lord and every Christian must confront that as they workout their own salvation. What does the Lord want to show you differently? What needs to be released, or kept? Letting go of the past is an important part of moving forward in life, but it’s more than that. Surrendering your very DNA – natural and spiritual – is the transformative work the Lord wants to do in you, so He can create something better, stronger and without pain or blemish, something that didn’t exist in the past.

Letting Go of the Past Lets God Hold Your Future

In 1 Peter 1:23 says the spiritual DNA you have in Christ is completely different than the components of your natural DNA- not made with flawed materials that are able to be ruined or abused, like your past, your thinking, your habits, or strongholds; not of “corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever.” The “imperishable seed” is the perpetually renewed DNA that is transformed from old into new, from past into future through the power of God at work in a submitted life that dwells in His presence. When your life is built upon, centered around and flowing out from a vital relationship with the Lord, letting go of the past stops being an act of the will and becomes a desire of the spirit- and invites Christ to do the work!

Surrendering your very DNA – natural and spiritual – is the transformative work the Lord wants to do in you, so He can create something better, stronger and without pain or blemish, something that didn’t exist in the past.

~Alicia Purdy

When you worship God, you testify as a first-hand witness of what God has done in your transformation, and then you must pass that transformed spiritual DNA on to the next generation of believers. Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall praise your words to another.No matter what your spiritual heritage from the past is, you have a role in the inheritance of the spiritual DNA of others- believers and non-believers alike- based on how you live out the Word of God. You may not realize the impact you have on the world around you, and you may not feel like someone of importance or visibility, but that’s a lie from Satan. You are being watched. As you let go of the past and submit your future to the Lord, let the spiritual heritage you give to the next generation of believers be intentional. Pass on the incorruptible seed God put within you through your example of worship, the Word, character, growth, strength, determination, joy and victory.

Thought for today: God’s Future for You Has No Past Stains

You were given a spiritual heritage in Christ, a new DNA, that supersedes anything the world could give you if you’re willing to let go of the past and surrender it all to Christ. You can choose to carry weight from the past, although Hebrews 12:1 shows that the Lord wants you to set it aside. That may feel easier said than done, but gratitude expressed in praise and worship is what will keep you on the path to freedom. The Word of God will light the path that feels so dark. Prayer will strengthen your spirit. These are not habits and behaviors of someone who has been reprogrammed to do the Christian routine. These are the desires of a person who has been fundamentally transformed, whose DNA cannot go back because there is nothing to go back to. The past is no longer being let go- it doesn’t exist anymore.

Yes, the journey may be long, but you’re not alone. And remember, just like you were given a spiritual heritage, you are also giving one to another generation of believers, whether or not you realize it. This is how the Kingdom of God continues to expand and strengthen. Your victory will be the victory another Christian pursues. Your testimony will be the “imperishable seed” that plants the hope of Christ in another. Your worship will be what someone else aspires to. Don’t feel pressured to be an example. Draw near to the Lord in worship and build your life upon His Word, make war in the heavenlies through prayer and your spiritual DNA will naturally reproduce!

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