Instead Paul made the conscious decision to throw off the dead weight of his past and “press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me,” (Philippians 3:12). Christ died on the cross to save us from eternal damnation taking on our filthy rags of sin and clothing us in His righteousness.
I attended a Passion 4 Christ Movement (P4CM) event (the poets are so transparent and anointed!!), and one of the artists stated that in order for us to live in true freedom from our pasts we must truly believe that God is who He says He is.
One of the key ingredients for overcoming regret is to believe that God has the ultimate power to restore. That He is the same God that spoke to dry bones lying in dust and turned them into living bodies of flesh (Ezekiel 37:4-6). That He is the same God who promises to take us a sinful, idolatrous people and restore us to Himself, making a covenant with Israel as His bride (Hosea 2:14-20). He loves us so much that He won’t allow us to stay trapped in regret over our past. But we have to first believe that He is who He says He is, that His promises are true and that He is faithful to complete them.
I’ve experienced a lot of regret in my life and have to constantly resist the urge to replay my many mistakes over and over in my mind. But I’m a witness that God will restore you, that He will use every broken moment to draw you into a deeper dependence on and reverence for Him. If we submit yourself to God’s plan believing in His sovereignty even when the situation is at it’s bleakest and we can’t possibly see how He will turn things around. That He is faithful to complete the good work He began in us (Philippians 1:6) setbacks, regrets and all because, “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
No Longer Slaves – Bethel Music