Friday, August 28, 2009

You Can't Go Back in Time

Perhaps you've seen the movie The Time Machine. How would you like to borrow that contraption, travel back in time, and change some things in your past? If you're like most people, you've done some things that you'd like to undo. But the fact is, the past doesn't even exist. The only way you know about it is in your memory. If you are being tormented by something "back there," it's because you're holding on to it in your mind. If you want to be set free from a bad experience in your past, here are three things to do.

1. Ask Jesus to forgive you. He died for all your sins on the cross (not just some) and will forgive you, if you'll ask Him. God says, "I will remember their sins no more" (Heb. 8:12).

2. Forgive and let go of the people who have hurt you. You are handcuffed to each person you don't forgive. That's why you can't get them out of your mind! Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the cuffs and sets you free.

3. Forgive yourself. Once Jesus has forgiven you, you have no right to keep punishing yourself. "If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).

If you've done these three things, you don't need a time machine to change anything. All you need to remember is to not look back.
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