Talk about #issaword!!! I tell ya! The downloads that I receive in my quiet time have me constantly gathering my life! Let me share the wealth! Get your suitcases, because your belongings are bound to need gathering…lol.
While spending time in the Word with my Daddy God this morning, He led me to Hebrews. I started diving specifically into Hebrews 11, the story of the faith heroes in the Bible. WOW!! That’s an entirely different post. As I’m reading, I get to this one scripture, and He says to me, ” Daughter, you can’t flirt with your past, while trying to date your future.” I was like, ” Whhhhhhaaaaaaa!??” *bottom lip drops* Just like that Abba? You’re just gonna drop that bomb on me? Somebody cue The Gap Band-“You Dropped a Bomb on Me, Baby.”
Check the scripture out for yourself.
Hebrews 11:15-16 ” If they had been thinking with (homesick) remembrance of that country from which they were emigrants, they would have found constant opportunity to return to it. But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly (one.)”
I know right!! Craaaazzzyyy!! He proceeded to show me that the visions that He’s placed in my heart, the secrets He’s told me, and the promises that He has purposed me to lay hold of won’t come to manifestation if I don’t stop entertaining my past. You want that new career, new friends, new romantic relationship, new promotion, new vehicle, new responsibility, new levels of faith, new opportunities, ect?? Can I just say flirting is dangerous if you have no intentions to make anything of it. This isn’t to say this is not about romantic relationships, but it definitely doesn’t exclude them. Your past also includes the old you. Old behavior patterns, old ways of thinking, old ways of living life, old company you used to keep, old mindsets that worked way back when but have since expired with your spiritual glo-up and maturity level, and the list goes on.
How can you grab hold of the new if you’re still holding on to the old? Our Father says in Mark 2:22, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
It’s as simple as that. You can’t mix the old with the new anymore than you mix clumpy, sour expired milk with fresh grocery store milk to eat your cereal. They’re from two DIFFERENT seasons! Respect and accept that, then treat them accordingly. Discard of the old so you have proper space and energy to consume the new.
I mean think about it. How long do you focus on the view in your rearview mirror when you are driving?? I’ll wait, because you and I both know it’s NO where near the amount of time you focus on the new scenery that is coming at you in your windshield as you are driving. What you drift past is “old.”
Here’s my encouragement. The past happened and we can’t deny that. We can respect it for what it was and what we can do with it. We can learn the lesson from it (whether positive or negative) and we can apply it as wisdom to our present and future. Shake the dust off your hands and keep it moving sistah! Don’t cry about the spilt milk or bask in the good ole’ days too long, or you’re going to miss out on the bright and expansive *PRESENTS* (presence) and future that Our Father has just for YOU! You got this gurlfriend!