Letting Go of the Old

Letting Go of the Old

Be Made New

Be Made New

 

In Christ

In Christ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well here we are at the last few days of 2013. Can you believe it? What an amazing year it’s been—beyond my expectations. When I look back and see the faithfulness of God in so many areas, I can’t help but wonder what He has in store for 2014.

Maybe as you think about this year, you don’t see it as your best year ever. Maybe you had some challenges or difficulties. Maybe you look back and see some missed opportunities. We’ve all had difficulty. We’ve all missed out on some God-given opportunities. The thing is, we don’t have to carry that disappointment and regret into the New Year. God is bigger than your lost opportunities, and He can still get you to where you need to be in life.

Have you ever used one of those GPS devices in your car? You set the location to where you want to go and the GPS calculates the best route. Even if you’re driving along and get distracted and completely miss your turn, it doesn’t mean that you’ll never reach your destination. In fact, in most cases, that GPS will instantly recalculate the route based on your present location.

God works in a similar way. He is constantly giving us direction, speaking to our hearts and leading us by peace inside, but even when we miss His instructions—and we all do from time to time—He will recalculate our route and get us back to where we need to be. However, you’ll never reach your destination if you are constantly trying to look back over your shoulder to see where you should have turned in the first place. You have to forget about what you’ve missed so you can focus on what lies ahead.

I love what the apostle Paul said in Philippians, “This one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind, I press forward to what is ahead.” Paul was saying in essence, “This one thing I’m going to focus on more than anything else.” “This one thing is the most important key to living the life of victory.” “This one thing will carry me to my destiny.” This one thing—forgetting the past and looking forward. Like Paul, we have to aggressively turn our thoughts away from where we’ve been, away from our mistakes, away from our “missed turns,” and turn our thoughts forward in the direction we are headed. We have to keep looking for the new opportunities in our paths and shake off regret and disappointments. This is a new day, and God wants to do a new thing in your life.

As you get ready to celebrate the New Year, choose to leave the old behind. Let go of bitterness and condemnation. Choose to forgive and release the past. Let Christ wipe your slate clean as you get ready for 2014!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

Letting Go of the Old

By Victoria Osteen

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