Recently my family and me watched a sermon on YouTube by Louie Giglio.
In lockdown our family started to do devotionals together on Sundays. My family also started a new schedule where we have a food week each of our own, and where we decide what the food is to be for each day that week. On our food week we also get to decide the devotional for that Sunday.
It was my time to choose the devotional for this Sunday, and the sermon was called The Chain Of Our Past. It was from a series called the Chain Breaker. In this sermon Louie preached about the past. In the beginning of the sermon Louie said that; “talking about the past is a big thing, because all of us have different experiences in life.” This is so true. Each and every person will most likely go through something in life. Either good or bad. We all have our own struggles, and we are all different people. We may not like everything that has happened in our past, and we also might struggle to understand certain parts of the past, but despite that it is still a part of our journey.
I didn’t realise it at that time but some of the sermon resonated with me. I may not like everything from my own past, and I definitely don’t understand why certain things have happened, but it is still a part of me and my journey.
We all probably have regrets from our past, of things that we did or maybe said. Maybe you even have shame from the past, or pain, or brokenness, or maybe you have deep wounds from the past. But guess what, God can heal all of these things.
Louie said this in the sermon “God knows all of your past, but he still has a future for you.”
God knows everything about our past, every good and bad things. God knows when you have messed up, but he still has a plan for your future.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11
I am still learning to move on from the past, and maybe you are too. With God this is possible. God can help you and me to move on from our past, and move us forward into the future.
I don’t believe that God wants us to stay stuck in the past. It is in the past, and it happened yesterday, the day before that or even years ago. I believe that God wants us to move forward with him in the future.
I have linked the sermon below. It’s there so you can have a chance to watch this preaching for yourself. I would really recommend listening to it.