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You Must Let Go of the Past

 

September 18, 2000

Re: You Must Let Go of the Past

Hi Jane :

You shared with me in your last conversation that things of the past keep coming to your mind and are depressing you and bringing you down.  Well what is Jesus solution for you concerning this?  First, Jesus wants you to cast these burdens of the past upon Him.  He says in His word in 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your burdens upon the Lord because He cares for you." Satan is bringing to your mind things of the past to bring you down. You need to take these bad memories and give them to Jesus.

    Second, You need to anoint your home. Your not doing this is part of what is opening you up to these attacks of Satan. You need to exercise your will, get mad at these feelings and thoughts and make yourself get up and anoint your home. There isnít anyway your going to know that it will help you until you do it. To sit there and say "I donít know about this stuff", is unbelief and is grieving the Holy Spirit and blocking the Lord from giving you the healing you need. You need to obey the Lord and anoint your home. You also need to understand that God gave you a free will. He will not make you get into the word every day, he will not make you anoint your home. If you wonít exercise your will and do these things for yourself, God wonít be able help you because He wonít go against your free will. Also for you to live by Your feelings is a sin. You need to start learning to base your life on what God says and commands you to do in His Word, not on how you feel. Your feelings are your enemy, your bad memories of the past are your enemy, not God and not his word. If you lack faith, God's stated remedy for you in His Word is to read the Word.  His Word states in Romans 10:17 "Faith comes from hearing and from hearing the word of Christ."

Understand that Jesus is in your life, but He wonít make you do anything. He will show you what you need to do, but He wonít make you do it. You must decide to live for God. If you do not, your feelings will take over and you will not be able to stop the attacks of Satan or control your flesh. Jesus has saved you, but you can only experience His full salvation as you obey Him. Isaiah 43:18 states "Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past" (Isaiah 43:18). That is what Godís will for you is concerning your past sins and past bad experiences, which is to not dwell on them, that is His command. God tells you in Philippians 4:8-9 what He wants you to dwell on:

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you." (Phil 4:8-9)

Again, this is Godís command to not focus on the negative but only on what is lovely and edifying. This is not a feeling but a decision of the will.  Your feelings will follow later.

If you donít anoint your house and put on the full armor of God, you wonít be able to stop the enemy from putting sad thoughts into your heart and mind. If you do not take the initiative, there isnít anything Jesus can do to help you, because then in disobedience to Jesus you are choosing to focus on the negative and that is sin in light of what God has commanded you to do in the above scriptures. What God wants you to do is give these burdens to him according to 1 Peter 5:7 and then focus on what is positive according to Isaiah 43:18 and Philippians 4:8-9. There is only one way you can increase your faith: by reading and obeying the Word. If you refuse to do that, that is unbelief and a doorway for Satan to bring more negative things of your past into your mind. By your refusing to do these things, your saying "Go ahead Satan, make me feel bad."

God has forgiven you all your sins of the past and you must exercise your will to accept this by faith according to His word, not on how you feel. You need to meditate on Godís word and especially the following:

Psalm 103:12 "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."

Isaiah 44:22 "I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you."

Matthew 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." (Matthew 6:14-15)

1John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

What God says in these passages is what is true about your past sins and failings, not what you feel.  As you meditate on the word your faith will increase and you will believe what these scriptures say. This is because God's word is Spiritually Alive! and has power to increase your faith and heal you as you meditate upon it.  Note what these passages say are the benefit of meditating on God's Word is:

Hebrews 4:12  "For the word of God is spiritually-alive and energetically-effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the conscious-reasonings and intentions of the heart."

Proverbs 22:17-19 "Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in Yehovah, I have taught you today, even you."

Proverbs 30:5-6 "Every word of Elohim is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him."

Psalm 19:7-8 "The law of Yehovah is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of Yehovah is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of Yehovah are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of Yehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes."

If you insist on going by your feelings, there isnít anything Jesus can do for you. You then become your worst enemy, not Satan. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy and peace (Gal 5:22-23). When you dwell on the positive and obey God and His word, God allows you to experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit of love, joy and peace. When you donít obey God you grieve the Holy Spirit and this cuts off His fruit of love, joy and peace. The end result is you will remain depressed and negative. Therefore to experience the joy of your salvation and the fruit of the Holy Spirit of love, joy and peace, you must obey God by doing the following:

  1. Give your burdens to Jesus and stop dwelling on them (1 Peter 5:7, Isaiah 43:18, Philippians 4:8-9)

  2. Increase your faith by reading at least one chapter of scripture each day (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12)

  3. Anoint your home and put on the full armor of God at least once a day and every time you leave your home and come back.  This link above will tell you how.

If you obey God in these things, Satan will flee and you will have Godís peace in your soul and in your home. God bless you.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor-Evangelist

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*For More Information on These Subjects See the Following Books:

Brown, Rebecca M.D. He Came To Set The Captives Free. Chino: Chick Publications, Copyright 1986 by Rebecca Brown, M.D.

 

 


Rebecca Brown, MD. Prepare For War. chino: Chick Publications. Copyright 1987 by Rebecca Brown.

 

 

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