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Everyone has a past. Our past can be filled with embarrassing moments, stains, sins, and hurts. Thinking about the past can make you tense and feel guilt. It’s confining. So, how do you get past your past? Let me show you…

Have you ever held a newborn baby in your arms and thought, how beautiful, this is a brand new creature? That’s a baby without a past.

Did you know that if you believe in Christ you have been made a new creation? And if you are a new creation – think about this – your past has ceased to exist.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Think it through. If you are born again, you have no past. No matter what you’ve done, the past is non-existent.

  • lying
  • cheating
  • stealing
  • adultery
  • murder
  • immorality
  • perversion
  • slander
  • or any other sin

You are a new creature. All things have passed away and you are a new creation.

YOU HAVE NO PAST!

Not ready to believe that? Here’s some Biblical proof:

1 John 1:9 MSG

…if we admit our sins– make a clean break of them– he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.

1 John 2:1-2 MSG

I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest- Friend in the presence of the Father:Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good– not only ours, but the whole world’s.

John 3:17-18 MSG

God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

The only time you have a past – is when you remember it.

So, here’s a little tip–quite bringing it back up. God doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. And if you’re smart, you won’t either. Drop the subject. Look, God has, He said…

Isaiah 44:22 MSG
I’ve wiped the slate of all your wrongdoings.
There’s nothing left of your sins.
Come back to me, come back.
I’ve redeemed you. “

Hebrews 4:16 NLT

So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

So what can you do to get rid of your past?

Just picture yourself as a brand new baby in God’s arms. How beautiful! You’re a new life. You have a new start. A new begining. A new life in Christ. That’s you. Beautiful! But you’ll never get rid of your past if you keep remembering it. So forget it.

The key to getting rid of your past – is to picture yourself WITHOUT ONE!

imageHave you ever stepped on a grape? Gross! You felt the juice squish under your foot, right? Nasty! If you’ve ever felt like you were losing your mind, let me show you how you can get peace by bruising Satan under your feet.

The word “bruise” in the Greek is used to describe the act of smashing and crushing grapes into wine.

Romans 16:20
Paul said, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet.

How to Crush Satan

This is the kind of bruising you can give the devil. It also means the act of snapping, breaking, and crushing bones. In fact it’s the idea of breaking bones so severely that they can never be mended or healed. Bones that have been utterly smashed and crushed beyond recognition.

So when Romans 16:20 says that Satan is bruised under your feet, this means that the devil has been subdued. Stuck. Squished like smashed grapes. Bones broken and crushed to pieces. That’s what’s going on under your foot. And if that’s his condition…

He can’t move!

….Unless he makes you believe he can.

How Satan Can Crush You

The only thing the enemy is good at is mind games. This is where he wins in our lives: in our minds. If he can make you think wrong things, he can make you speak wrong things, which will make you receive wrong things. That’s his game. He works in the mind. He really doesn’t have any power over you unless you give it to him with your thoughts and words.

If Satan Can Make You Think You’re Defeated, You Are

Because Jesus completely destroyed Satan’s power over you through his death and resurrection, Satan was smashed, crushed, and bruised by Jesus’ resurrection. If you believe that, then you can take the authority and power that belongs to you and use it.

But, if Satan can make you think you don’t have that power and authority, then he’s got ya – right where he wants ya! And that’s when you begin to think you’re defeated. And if he can make you think your defeated…you are. It’s that simple. He has no power over you unless you give it to him.

Satan is Just an Illusionist

So what do you do? You have to constantly remind yourself that Jesus already won the victory for you. Your win is already insured. Your healing, your financial breakthrough, your miracle has already been won. Just believe what Jesus has already accomplished and your right to have it.

You may have some things that have been trying to defeat you:

  • Habits you’ve had for years
  • Attitudes you’ve clung to
  • Grudges you can’t shake off
  • Struggles you seem glued to

You’re No Fool to Satan’s Games

At the cross of Christ, the power over those things was broken. Their power over you was utterly crushed. Now it’s time for you to do some crushing. Quite being a fool to Satan’s games. With the God of Peace backing you up, you’re a lot bigger than the devil.

So stand up tall, hold your head high, and remind Satan that you’re smarter than he is. He’s not pulling the wool over your eyes anymore. Tell him what the Word of God says, this will let him know you believe it. And since you know what is rightfully yours – he can just back off! And that he will.

Ready? Go crush that sucker!