One of the hardest aspects about changing as a person is when other people around you refuse to see the new person you have become in Christ. Everyone wants to know how to move on from the past and there are plenty of books, seminars, teachings, YouTube videos and more devoted to helping people put the past behind them, but don’t forget about praise!
As you develop a deeper intimacy, you’ll also develop a greater wisdom. As you worship more, the power of His presence will manifest more strongly. As you study the Word, you’ll become inspired by the Holy Spirit for how to move on from the past that tries to haunt you as you become spiritually stronger, firmer in your faith and able to discern more in the spirit and in the natural.
And while you may see those wonderful things and be proud of how far the Lord has brought you, others who “knew you when” might never see anything other than the “old man” you once were. And any time you make a mistake, they’ll be there to make you feel like nothing has changed!
Jesus Knew How to Move On From the Past
Jesus faced the same situation after He left the power of His wilderness experience and returned home to preach, testify and witness. No one cared! When He came with a fresh word of power, they immediate reminded Him of His past and rejected Him because He was “Joseph’s son”, a nobody, a kid from the neighborhood. So what did Jesus do? He knew how to move on from the past – just walk away!
“No prophet is accepted in his own country,” He said. (Luke 4:24) Jesus realized that some people will always be stuck in the past and will try to drag you back.
Jesus was a Man who worshipped the Lord. He was knowledgeable in the Word of God. He spent time alone in prayer. He had godly friendships. You are who the Lord says you are and don’t let yourself fall into the trap of looking to others for validation or approval because you’ll never get it.
How to Move on from the Past Through Praise
As you’re seeking spiritual ways for how to move on from the past, sometimes the most practical ways are evident, like minimizing the time you spend with the people who won’t move on from it! As a believer you can also move on from the past by seeking and walking toward the future the Lord has for you.
If the people from the past try to keep you in the past, don’t look behind you.~Alicia Purdy
When you want to move ahead in life, when you’re growing in Christ and allowing Him to change you, you’re going to face obstacles that will challenge you in the changing:
1. The Challenges Within You
Your old memories, decisions and consequences, regrets, habits, temptations and behaviors have a way of rising up when you’re moving forward from your past, don’t they? As you’re trying to learn how to move on from the past, the old responses, the former perspectives, the mindsets of the past may try to rise up for the rest of your life, as you walk through the process of sanctification.
Take heart! You’re not alone! Everyone fights these battles inside of ourselves. If you think you might be losing the fight, get help! Being discipled by a more mature, trusted Christian is a solid strategy to win the war inside. But on a personal level, the dynamic, powerful presence of the Lord that you’ll connect with in personal times of praise and worship is what will keep you strong. Think of it this way:
- The Word of God is food for your spirit and mind.
- Prayer is your rest and shelter.
- Praise and Worship are like water for your soul
All three of these spiritual components are crucial aspects of how you move on from your past as a believer.
2. The Challenges Outside of You
The people, the relationships, those who “knew you when” you were the “old man” – there’s almost nothing more discouraging than feeling like God has done a powerful work in you and then a comment from a family member, or a friend cuts you right back down.
It’s hard to shake off the opinions of others, but if you want to know how to move on from the past, you have to remember this: “Don’t accept criticism from people you’d never go to for advice.” As much as Jesus was the Son of God, He was also human. The fact is, after the people in Jesus’ old town rejected him for being “Joseph’s son”, it probably hurt His feelings. Indeed, He walked alone for a little while.
But then the Lord led men and women of God to Him to support Him, walk with Him, believe in Him and help spread His message. He’ll do the same for you! KEEP WALKING. If the people from the past try to keep you in the past, walk away don’t look back. God holds your future.
3. The Challenges Around You
Make no mistake, your real battle isn’t with people. (Ephesians 6:12) Your battle is spiritual at its roots meaning the question of how to move on from the past is, first, addressed by confronting your accuser. Satan wants you to lose, to fail, to humiliate yourself, to return to your old ways, to get discouraged, to lapse into fear, anger, bitterness, resentment, pain and worse! He’ll do everything he can to stop you from operating in the role God needs you to fulfill.
Be aware! Stay on your guard! Fight every battle with the weapons God gave you! Seeking the Lord in His presence for how to move on from the past is the only way you’ll find the answers you need to move ahead. You will outlast Satan and you will get the victory, but only if you don’t quit!
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