Because you have a past …

 

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

 Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)

Because you have a past …

Don't let your background, your preconceived ideas, your present difficulties, your past failures, your self-doubt or the opinions of others keep you from becoming all that you should be.Let’s face it, we all have a past. Sometimes it’s a past to celebrate, to be proud of, that brings happy memories flooding back; sometimes it’s a past to regret, to be ashamed of, that brings painful memories flooding back; often it’s a mixture of both.

That’s why you need to know the Hope!

Your past is – well, it’s past. It might shape your future, but it doesn’t have to determine your future. You may be a product of your past, and you cannot change your past, but you still have a choice about your future. And how that future is, and what you do with it, is entirely up to you. Of course, people might not want to let you forget your past – but that’s their choice – you don’t have to carry it with you.

Redeemed, Reformed, Restored

That’s God’s promise to you when you choose to follow Christ – to believe in Him, and to trust in Him and His ways. It’s the message of the Gospel – the Good News – that says that God chose to send His own Son to earth, as a man, in order to willingly die as a sacrifice for all the wrong things that we have all done. He paid the price for our wrongs; He took all our guilt and shame; He redeemed us.

Redeemed

To redeem means (according to dictionary.com):

1. to buy or pay off;
2. to buy back;
3. to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction;
4. to exchange;
5. to convert;
6. to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.);
7. to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming,etc.);
8. to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying ransom;
9. Theology: to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of sacrifice offered for the sinner.

Reformed

Not only has He paid for us, paid the price for all our wrongdoings, He promises to reform us – we can be reformed “by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2). You see, when you realise that you have made mistakes – and more importantly, when you realise that you don’t want to keep making the same mistakes in the future – you can turn to God for help. It has been said that the answer to all the problems and the difficulties you might have in your life can be found in the Bible. All you have to do is read it!

As you read the Bible – your mind will be renewed and reformed – and you have a much greater opportunity for a better future.

Restored

Let’s face it, most of us want a better life – and when we are redeemed and reformed, God promises us a better life. He says that He has “a future and a hope” for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Yes – He has a plan and a purpose for YOU! To restore means (online dictionary.com): “tobring back to a former, original, or normal condition.” You see, God wants better for you – He doesn’t want “your background, your preconceived ideas, your present difficulties, your past failures, your self-doubt or the opinions of others keep you from becoming all that you should be.”

Your past does not equal your future; your present difficulties do not equal your future; your self-doubt or the opinions of others does not equal your future. When you know the Hope, when you know Christ in your life, and when you follow Christ in your life, you know that you are redeemed, you can be reformed and that you will be restored – brought back to a former, original, or normal condition.

Because you have a future …

We all have dreams and desires, ambitions and aspirations. All too often, though, we allow our hurts to knock them out of us; we give up on our dreams and desires, we lose sight of our ambitions and aspirations.
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