By: Ptr. Oscar G. Ramos

18“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.
19 “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19

All of us have failed in some way in our lives and they are recorded in our hearts and minds. For many of us failures are painful memories What God’s Word is saying is that we must not allow ourselves to be bogged down by our past failures. That we should not dwell on our past so that it stops us moving forward into the future that God has for us. Since New Year just started, it is a good time for us to upswing to the challenge having a goal in life saying, I am going to with help of God, forget my past. I am going to stop tormenting myself about what I did or didn't do. This New Year is a good time to stop being locked up with our past failures and God doesn't want us to go through our life branding ourselves as a failure. 

On the Cross Jesus died and resurrected so that he could forgive. We became Christians on purpose that forgiveness becomes a reality in our lives. When we have received Christ’s forgiveness it allows us to forgive ourselves and forget our failures.

Let us have a new start in life. Stop living in the past and refrain seeing yourselves as the victim of circumstances.

Having New Year’s resolution is not bad at all as long as we are really committed and it is aligned to God’s purpose in our lives. Be steadfast and experience drastic difference in your life if you follow through on them. God in His Word by His grace promised us to have a better life. People can hurt us, people can harm us, and people can scar us. But the only person that can ruin your life is you. Nobody can ruin your life without your permission. You have a choice on how you’re going to respond to challenges of life.

We have a faithful God but are we faithful to His commands or are we still locked up in our past…