Finding freedom from your past is one of the most important steps towards improving your current life. We can find ourselves lost in past events that we can no longer change or control. We attach past experiences to current circumstances and our progress stagnates. We may believe that we are protecting ourselves. A past relationship may have ended badly so we approach our new relationships with a guarded heart. We do not give ourselves fully to our partner because the past event still has a hold on our lives. This ends up unfairly affecting our current partner and preventing us from moving forward with our lives.
The bible very clearly describes how we are to address past events. We shouldn't dwell on them. We focus on the newness that God provides. When we feel lost in the wilderness and without direction, He paves a way for us. He finds us in our lostness and guides us towards the direction of most hope and peace.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
The first step to becoming free from your past is to identify the events that are causing you to be stuck. Did you fail once at something and you are now fearful of failing again? Did you make a decision once that didn't turn out the way you intended and now you have become untrusting of your own decision-making?
These are all very common issues that we encounter as people. We all make mistakes, but the key is learning how to address the mistake and move forward from it. We must take the mistake, learn from it, and understand how we can use a negative and turn it into a positive. Finding freedom stems from an acknowledgment of where you currently are and a confirmation of where you're going. Don't let the guilt of a past mistake inhibit your progress today and in the future.
"Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you." Proverbs 4:25