A thought by Mark Batterson, (2015-10-06) from his book, If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities (Kindle Locations 412-413). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
I love the memory that I have when my wife, Margaret said yes to becoming my wife. That is a great memory that I have shared over and over.
But there are some memories that we would like to forget. Aren't there? Mark says, “Consciously or subconsciously, most of us are prisoners of our past. Even if we’ve confessed our sin, we still feel condemned. And that feeling of condemnation undermines the fact that God is for us. We keep beating ourselves up. We keep sabotaging ourselves. We keep believing the self-defeating lies that come from the enemy and become self-fulfilling prophecies.”
And that is so true for many of us, we truly are prisoners of our past. And we are so very tired of those memories.
Mark goes on, “The only exit is fully accepting, understanding, and believing the life-changing truth that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Not a trace. Not a whiff. Not a hint.”
He then says, “We define ourselves by what we’ve done wrong, instead of defining ourselves by what Christ has done right. Or we define ourselves by the hurtful things done to us instead of what Christ has done for us.”
I want to define myself by what Christ has done for me. What about you?