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Your Life is More About Your Future Than Your Past

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Your Life Is More about Your Future Than Your Past  

 

'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.' Jeremiah 29:11 TLB


Some of us have a bad past. Some of us have had major struggles. Sometimes it is because of the terrible actions of others, and sometimes it is because of our own. But our future doesn’t have to be a response to our past. We must not let our past mess up our future.


God loves us, no matter what

It doesn’t matter what we have done, it doesn’t matter what we will do, God will always love us. There is nothing we could ever do to stop God stop loving us. We need to silence the voice of shame in our lives. God loves us completely regardless of our past.


God  forgives us

It is not however a license to sin; with God there is room for mistakes and messing up every now and then is okay.

'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.' 1 John 1:9 NIV


Rahab was a bad girl of the Bible  

Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.' Joshua 2:1 NIV

Rahab had a past, she was a prostitute who protected two spies (Joshua 6:17) and her and her family were saved (Joshua 6:23,25). She was a bad girl yet incredibly we find her named in the family tree of Jesus (Matthew 1:5) and she is listed among the heroes of the faith (Hebrews 11:31).

From the time of Josephus, a well-known first century Jewish historian, right up to the present day, both Jewish and Christian writers have tried to prove that Rahab was not really a prostitute. They try to make out she was an inn-keeper, or a respectable woman with a respectable business. But God is not scared of anyone’s past, He doesn’t pretend it didn’t happen, He can handle the truth. He made an enormous sacrifice to deal with every kind of past. Rahab really was a prostitute.  

Every one of us has a past so let’s be careful how we judge others. From mass murderers, drug dealers, right on down to the best behaved person on planet the Bible is clear - 'all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.' Romans 3:23 NIV.  All means all of us.   


'Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar …Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David.  David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife(Bathsheba).' Matthew 1:3,5-6 NIV

Look at the women mentioned here, Tamar and Rahab were both prostitutes and Bathsheba had committed adultery. Each these women had a checkered past but God had a future for them, and He also has a wonderful future for you.

Rahab’s past did not cancel out the future God had for her, which included saving her and her family, getting married to one of the spies and having a family of her own. Her son Boaz is listed in the genealogy of Jesus.


Rahab lives on today

If you Google 'Rahab Ministries' you will see page after page of organisations all over world involved in rescuing and restoring women and children caught up in sex trafficking, slavery, prostitution, violence, abuse, addictions. It all started with a prostitute.


Forgetting what is behind

'I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.' Philippians 3:12-14 TLB

One of the most important keys to moving forward, embracing the future and fulfilling God’s call on our lives is to leave the past behind us. Joseph is a great example. He was ridiculed. He was sold into slavery by his brothers. He was falsely accused of rape, imprisoned, passed over and betrayed. Ultimately he was freed and promoted until he became prime minister of Egypt. But his biggest test was still to come though when his brothers came to him looking for help.

He had to leave his horrific past behind.

'Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!' Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

What past do you need to leave behind? Hurts, abuses, bad church experience? Offence, tragedy, failure, rejection? Only Jesus can turn the bad into good. He can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victor.


How God helped Joseph

'Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh (causing to forget), for he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and hardship and all [the sorrow of the loss of] my father’s household.” He named the second [son] Ephraim (fruitfulness), for “God has caused me to be fruitful and very successful in the land of my suffering.”'
Genesis 41: 51-52 AMP

God gave Joseph two sons whose names had great significance to Joseph. Manasseh - which means 'God has made me forget all my trouble'. God did a work in Joseph's life that helped him to deal with his past. God’s grace is sufficient for you to not to be crippled by your past and move into a great future. The second son he named Ephraim 'because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.' God can make us very fruitful in the very place we have suffered.

Look at God's pattern - Manasseh came before Ephraim; Joseph leaving his past behind came before his fruitfulness. There is no fruitfulness without forgetfulness.

Your life is more about your future than your past.





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