Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 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.”
There may be things in your past you would like to forget. God is willing to forgive and forget them. Because of this, you can be rid of your guilt, while still retaining the lessons you learned by making the mistake. Also, because of this, we are reminded that the good things we did in the past are noted, but life is not over and there are new good things to be done today. God would have us to focus on the future, while appreciating the past. He is not finished using you to make life better for those around you. Neither is He finished blessing your life.
As we ask forgiveness for the wrongs in our past, He gives it. As we express appreciation for His blessings of the past, He inhabits our praise. But as we move forward, it is our true act of worship to discover His present direction and be an effective worker in that mission.
This week’s message will bring relief to those who are wrongly carrying guilt for things that God wants to forgive. It will give inspiration to those who are living in the past and motivate them to move into God’s current mission. Finally, it will cause us to be grateful and aware that God is not finished with us yet.