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Pillar of Salt

But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)

In the book of Genesis, God told Lot’s wife to not look back at the burning city. Yet, she disobeyed and turned into a pillar of salt.

This verse can easily be used as looking back into our past; who we once were and all of the choices we have made. God tells us countless times to set your eyes forward and not look back.

The past is the enemies best weapon to use on us. The past can easily bring us down and could easily make the past a present reality.

The “burning city” could be our addictions, attitude or bad habits.

Within the last couple days, I’ve been getting friendly reminders of my past mistakes. I used to dwell on them. I used to always think about them, constantly. I used to use my past mistakes as a way of not letting new people into my life. I used to think my past mistake were not going to give me happiness in my future.

I recently starting letting go. I know it is going to take some time to fully let go of everything that shames me. But it’s a step. It’s a step to living a Christ filled life. Of course your past mistakes will always be there and you’ll always have some reminders of them. Once you start to realized that God doesn’t want us to dwell on them you’ll realize that your future is brighter than ever. I know that I am going to live my best life because God tell’s me, “Your mistakes do not define you.”

What’s the purpose of living a life of regretful decisions? In Proverbs 3:5-6 it tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Have you ever felt as is you don’t think God has a path for you? You think just because you have past mistake it could never recover back to it’s original path. That is not the case. We must submit to him. By submitting to him that’s letting God know that you’ve tried everything YOUR way and it’s time to let Him do it HIS way.

The best advice I can give to someone who is dwelling on there past mistakes is to repent. Sometimes I used to feel like I needed to constantly tell God that I am sorry for my past mistakes. The thing is, He already forgave me the first time I told Him. What’s the point of feeling an urge to tell Him again? Whenever you feel like your past mistakes are consuming you, of course pray about it but start to forgive yourself. God’s already forgiven you.

Let go on what was and start living for God. Living for God means to be a person of joy. Be a person of humbleness. Be a person of light. Be a person of patience, kindness, love, gentleness, goodness and most importantly… be a person of God. I challenge whomever is reading to stop focusing on what was you and start focusing on who you are now. Don’t become a pillar of salt.

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