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The Prison of the Past (3 of 4)
Series: Prison Break
Isaiah 61:1 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
Freedom from the Past
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
For most of us, when we came to Christ, we came because our sin had become so evident in us. We had done enough of the bad stuff and suffered the ill consequences of our decisions, that we were ready to give it all the Jesus.
It may have been that God had allowed all the bad stuff to happen to us, or maybe it was like that all along, but now God was changing our heart. Our heart was now open to receive the Lord and see the error of our ways. And in the "fullness of time" He saved us. God had prepared us for the Day of Salvation in our lives and He sent somebody with the Gospel, the Good News that Christ came to forgive us of all of our sins and make us BRAND NEW IN HIM!
I wish this were the end of the story and I could say "and they lived happily ever after." But how many of you know, we don't all live happily. Since our mind has not been completely renewed, there are things that can happen even to a born-again child of God.
So while we have been forgiven completely of the past and our heart has become new, the mind now needs to catch up to the heart and get out of the past.
THE PRISON OF THE PAST
• THE MIND
Don't let your mind keep you in the past or put you back to the past!
1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of ...
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