So, I have shingles – a lovely little ailment that I am experiencing as a result of having had chicken pox as a child. Not fun, but it got me thinking. What do we have in our lives that we may have pushed down, covered up, forgotten about or ignored, for years perhaps, that might come back to mess with us again later in life?
It could be something seemingly insignificant or something obviously big and problematic. I am definitely an avoid conflict, move on and ignore knd if girl. Sometimes that’s healthy and sometimes it’s not.
There may be times when there is nothing we can do about something in our past affecting us in our present. However, there are also other times when we need to deal with an issue, move on and leave it in the past. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13
If something in your past is continuing to hurt you, or is hindering your ability to minister to others and serve God, that can only be from the devil. So take this verse to heart: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
However, God will use our experiences to witness and minister to others, so there are times when we need to remember what is in our past and use it to help someone else. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the god of al comfort! who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
So, when something from your past rears it’s ugly (or itchy, in my case) head, stop and decide what you need to do with it. Do you need to demolish it and take it captive, or do you need to use it to bring comfort to someone else?