It’s Alright to Forget The Past

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This week we have been reading and reflecting on:

Isaiah 43: 18-19

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

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It is now time to reflect even deeper and turn our thoughts and revelations into a prayer.

One way to do this is to use the SOAP model as a way to journal your thoughts:

abby soap

What is S.O.A.P.?
S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word.

How does it work?

It’s quite simple. When you sit for your daily quiet time read the bible as you normally would with one simple difference. Underline or make note of any verses that jump out at you with special significance. This is the basis for diving deeper and using S.O.A.P.

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Scripture
Write on your SOAP page the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.

Observation
What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. This can be one sentence or a whole book.

Application
How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today.

Prayer
Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.

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Tina

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https://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/forgiveness-in-the-son/

Forgiveness in the Son ~

It’s not that I don’t remember,
it’s just that I choose to forget
my life as I lived it . . .
before the day Jesus and I met.

It’s not that I can’t recall,
the places that I have been
but, I know it’s just the devil
who wants to visit my past sin.

It’s not that I don’t regret,
or feel the shame of disgrace
it’s just that I know I’m forgiven
because of Jesus’ awesome grace.

It’s not that I don’t consider,
my life before I was saved
it’s just that I don’t want to be
to my former days enslaved.

So, don’t throw in others faces,
the wrong things they have done
for, we’re all a bunch of sinners
needing to forgive every one!

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Isaiah 38:17
King James Version

“Behold, for peace I had great bitterness:
but thou hast in love to my soul delivered
it from the pit of corruption:
for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

God Will Make Rivers in the Desert!!

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Isaiah 43:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

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History Behind These Verses

Isaiah is a prophet.  A prophet is a person who is given directions or wisdom directly from God to share with a specific group of people. Isaiah was called by God to be a messenger to the Israelites. He spent the majority of his adult life doing just this.  When these verses were spoken by Isaiah, a large portion of God’s children were being held captive for the second time.  Years earlier the Israelites were held as slaves in Egypt, and now they were in bondage in Babylon.

Isaiah was sent to speak hope to God’s people.  He was sent to remind the Israelites of a few very important things. First, the children of God were to remember how God had earlier rescued them from their captivity in Egypt. Secondly, Isaiah was sent to warn the Israelites to not dwell on their past.  These two instructions:  to remember, and then do not dwell seem kind of contradictory.  Let’s take a couple of minutes to read some of the earlier verses found in Isaiah 43 so that we can get a clear picture of the exact message from God’s prophet. You will notice in verses 16-17 that Isaiah is quoting events which happened years earlier.  Verses 16-17 state some of the amazing events which took place during the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.

Isaiah 43:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives—
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”

16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):

So, why is Isaiah first reminding the Israelites about their past to only later tell them to not remember it? After researching these verses, I discovered two reasons for this “double talk”:  first, the Israelites were allowed to be held captive both times as a direct consequence from the sins they were committing.  God has forgiven them , and they must now forgive themselves and move forward in their relationship with God.  God is wanting them to not dwell on their past sins.

Secondly, the Israelites should remember the great and miraculous acts God has done for them in their past. Although all of these acts of were incredible and definitely worth remembering,  God does not want them to only dwell on them.  Doing so could limit His children’s future expectations.  The Israelites had witnessed some incredibly amazing things during their release from Egypt. These miracles should not be forgotten, but the Israelites need to realize that these past miracles are nothing compared to the miracles still to come. God is wanting the Israelites to look to their future with new and open eyes!  He wants them to realize that they are now free from their past sins!  He desires for them to look with great anticipation to their future lives with HIM!

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/isaiah/43-18.htm

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Key Words

Rivers

In

the

Desert

River:  a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another such stream.

Desert:  a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all:

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Connection To Us

Connections and thoughts on the words desert and rivers (water) :

A desert represents death.  It is a barren place where nothing thrives or grows.  An important fact to note is that death exists OUTSIDE of the presence of God.

Water represents LIFE.  We have all grown up knowing the importance of water to all living things. A person’s physical body can not live without water.  More importantly, a person’s spiritual self can not live without water either! There is a huge connection in scripture between Jesus and water. On several occasions Jesus is actually called the “Living Water.”

Now, let’s look at the definition for rivers again:  a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another such stream.  A river is a naturally created waterway that connects and moves things into a LARGER body of water.

All throughout the Bible God used bodies of water as instruments in His miracles.  For the Israelites verse 19 was a reminder to them of their escape from Egypt.  As they were fleeing from their enemies, the Lord came to their aid. He caused the Red Sea to actually split in two!  Doing this allowed His children to cross to the other side safely away from their foes! God used WATER to move His children out of captivity and closer to HIM!

To us today, God is still using bodies of waters in His miracles.  These “rivers” are just more symbolic bodies of water.  Even though these rivers may not actually contain water (H2O) , they definitely are rivers. They are pathways created by our Heavenly Father to move us closer to the larger life source (HIM)!!!!

Reflecting on all of this helps me see God’s LOVE in this verse!   He TRULY wants us to come close to HIM!  He is calling to each and every one of us to come nearer to Him.

Are you taking advantage of the “rivers” that God has created for you?

Being a part of our online study group is one river that God has created for me! Reading the comments and insights of others as we study together moves me closer to my Heavenly Father on a daily basis.  I feel SO BLESSED that God has created that group for me!

What are some rivers in your life?

A Road in the Wilderness

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Isaiah 43:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

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History Behind These Verses

Isaiah is a prophet.  A prophet is a person who is given directions or wisdom directly from God to share with a specific group of people. Isaiah was called by God to be a messenger to the Israelites. He spent the majority of his adult life doing just this.  When these verses were spoken by Isaiah, a large portion of God’s children were being held captive for the second time.  Years earlier the Israelites were held as slaves in Egypt, and now they were in bondage in Babylon.

Isaiah was sent to speak hope to God’s people.  He was sent to remind the Israelites of a few very important things. First, the children of God were to remember how God had earlier rescued them from their captivity in Egypt. Secondly, Isaiah was sent to warn the Israelites to not dwell on their past.  These two instructions:  to remember, and then do not dwell seem kind of contradictory.  Let’s take a couple of minutes to read some of the earlier verses found in Isaiah 43 so that we can get a clear picture of the exact message from God’s prophet. You will notice in verses 16-17 that Isaiah is quoting events which happened years earlier.  Verses 16-17 state some of the amazing events which took place during the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.

Isaiah 43:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives—
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”

16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):

So, why is Isaiah first reminding the Israelites about their past to only later tell them to not remember it? After researching these verses, I discovered two reasons for this “double talk”:  first, the Israelites were allowed to be held captive both times as a direct consequence from the sins they were committing.  God has forgiven them , and they must now forgive themselves and move forward in their relationship with God.  God is wanting them to not dwell on their past sins.

Secondly, the Israelites should remember the great and miraculous acts God has done for them in their past. Although all of these acts of were incredible and definitely worth remembering,  God does not want them to only dwell on them.  Doing so could limit His children’s future expectations.  The Israelites had witnessed some incredibly amazing things during their release from Egypt. These miracles should not be forgotten, but the Israelites need to realize that these past miracles are nothing compared to the miracles still to come. God is wanting the Israelites to look to their future with new and open eyes!  He wants them to realize that they are now free from their past sins!  He desires for them to look with great anticipation to their future lives with HIM!

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/isaiah/43-18.htm

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Key Words

Road

In

Wilderness

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/road

Road–   a way or course  

https://www.google.com/#q=definition+of+in

In–  expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else.

http://www.biblemeanings.info/Words/Geographical/Wilderness2.htm

Wilderness-  what is uninhabited and uncultivated , in the spiritual sense, where are no good and truth

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Connection To Us

Watch the news on any given night and you will begin to feel like there is no hope.  Our crazy world can cause us to feel depressed, scared, and alone if we are not careful. Satan wants us to feel these things.  He knows if he can somehow trick us into believing that we are living in an evil world all alone with no hope, that we will begin to do desperate things!!!  When we do these desperate things we move farther and farther off of the path that God has created for us!

I know that Satan is full of lies!  I KNOW that my God is still here with me and I know that there is still hope! When I look again at the key words found in Isaiah 43:19,  I realize that there is actually MORE than HOPE for us- I realize that there is an actual path paved for us! This path, if we choose to follow it, will lead us to ultimate victory!!!!

Look again at the definition for the word in:

in–  expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded.  

I darkened key words so that we wouldn’t miss them:

“APPEARS TO BE ENCLOSED OR SURROUNDED”

Our world only APPEARS to be enclosed with evil!  God is STILL here!  He will never leave us!!!  As long as He is here LOVE AND HOPE are here!!!!  Never believe that you are alone or that our world is only filled with darkness.  You may be walking in a dark valley right now, but your valley will end- if you keep moving! Continue to follow God. He has a made way out! You must keep walking forward!!! You must NEVER give up!!  There is a path in the valley which God has created JUST for you!  God will lead you out!!!

God is ready and willing to LEAD each one of us Down OUR Road in the WILDERNESS!!!

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As I was writing this, I was picturing myself following God through a jungle.  The weeds and tall grasses were so thick that I could not see more than six inches in front of me.  I continued walking, holding my head down as I went so that the brush wouldn’t get in my face.  As I walked, I held on to God’s long white robe. He felt me holding onto Him and He comforted me.  He was never bothered that I was holding onto Him.  In fact, He moved very slowly and carefully so that I would be able to keep up. He NEVER left me or led me ASTRAY!!!  It was HIS mission to lead me!!!  He wanted to be with me!!!! He was actually creating the path as we walked!!!  HIS STEPS were going ahead of mine and clearing the way for me!!!!

I think THIS is how it TRULY is for each one of us!!!!  No matter where we are at any given moment God  is ready and willing to create a path OUT for us!!!!  Will you let Him lead you today???  Will you get up and walk????:)

Our Great Escape!!!

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Isaiah 43:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

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History Behind These Verses

Isaiah is a prophet.  A prophet is a person who is given directions or wisdom directly from God to share with a specific group of people. Isaiah was called by God to be a messenger to the Israelites. He spent the majority of his adult life doing just this.  When these verses were spoken by Isaiah, a large portion of God’s children were being held captive for the second time.  Years earlier the Israelites were held as slaves in Egypt, and now they were in bondage in Babylon.

Isaiah was sent to speak hope to God’s people.  He was sent to remind the Israelites of a few very important things. First, the children of God were to remember how God had earlier rescued them from their captivity in Egypt. Secondly, Isaiah was sent to warn the Israelites to not dwell on their past.  These two instructions:  to remember, and then do not dwell seem kind of contradictory.  Let’s take a couple of minutes to read some of the earlier verses found in Isaiah 43 so that we can get a clear picture of the exact message from God’s prophet. You will notice in verses 16-17 that Isaiah is quoting events which happened years earlier.  Verses 16-17 state some of the amazing events which took place during the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.

Isaiah 43:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives—
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”

16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):

So, why is Isaiah first reminding the Israelites about their past to only later tell them to not remember it? After researching these verses, I discovered two reasons for this “double talk”:  first, the Israelites were allowed to be held captive both times as a direct consequence from the sins they were committing.  God has forgiven them , and they must now forgive themselves and move forward in their relationship with God.  God is wanting them to not dwell on their past sins.

Secondly, the Israelites should remember the great and miraculous acts God has done for them in their past. Although all of these acts of were incredible and definitely worth remembering,  God does not want them to only dwell on them.  Doing so could limit His children’s future expectations.  The Israelites had witnessed some incredibly amazing things during their release from Egypt. These miracles should not be forgotten, but the Israelites need to realize that these past miracles are nothing compared to the miracles still to come. God is wanting the Israelites to look to their future with new and open eyes!  He wants them to realize that they are now free from their past sins!  He desires for them to look with great anticipation to their future lives with HIM!

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/isaiah/43-18.htm

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Key Words

Behold

New

http://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/behold.html

KJV Dictionary Definition: behold

behold:

1. To fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/new

new:

: recently born, built, or created

: not used by anyone else previously

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To behold something takes ACTION on our part.  We have control over  where we ultimately aim our attention.  We can either choose to FIX OUR EYES on God or we can choose to look away. In this verse, God is instructing us to focus our attention on HIM and to closely observe what He is going to do.

The “New” thing that God is referring to is JESUS!!!!  Earlier in history, Our Heavenly Father rescued the Israelites from their captivity in Egypt, He is about to rescue them from their captivity in Babylon.  These are both amazing acts, but neither of these rescue events was the “NEW” thing that God was referring to in this verse.  The event that the Lord alludes to here is something special. It is something that we are instructed to BEHOLD!  This “NEW” event is going to be even more magnificent than anything that our Lord has done for His children yet. This “NEW” thing  is actually a NEW and ULTIMATE escape plan!!! With God’s help, we will all have the chance to escape the bondage of SIN! The shedding of the Jesus’ blood is the “New” thing!  From the moment that Jesus gave His life for us, no child of God will ever be held in the captivity of  SIN without having an escape plan!!!

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Connection To Us

How different would our lives be if we each saw sin for what it truly is…..  BONDAGE!!!!

God sent His only begotten son to earth to die so that we could be set free from sin, so why in the world do we sometimes choose to remain in our sin???? Literally we are choosing to not be rescued!!! We are in essence wanting to remain a slave!!!!   This is CRAZY!!!!

My prayer for myself and all of us is this:

God,  please open our eyes and allow us to see sin for what it truly is: bondage.  Help us deepen our focus on YOU! Give us the strength that we need to turn away from the chains that Satan dangles in front of us.   Give us wisdom to know the difference between genuine freedom in YOU and captivity in sin. Thank you for loving us enough to provide our rescue.  Please forgive us for our transgressions. Help us turn from them and NEVER look back!!!  In Jesus name, Amen!

Art Tutorial Isaiah 43:18–plus lettering and color theory

 

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Isaiah 43:18 Forget the Past by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

 

 

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Oh, if only this was easy!  I don’t know about you, but this is something I have to work on.  I have been known to carry a grudge.  And as Leslie pointed out, a grudge pushes further from love and closer to hate.  Those are both strong emotions.  But one is definitely better than the other!

Those strong emotions called for some strong color!  And this was not a verse that I could formulate any images for in my brain–but the words.  Oh the words!  So I focused on that–and our tutorial this week will discuss more about typography (the fonts, words, sizes, etc.) and some color theory.  This is a LONG tutorial!

Things I want you to notice in this piece:

The use of FIVE different fonts:

  1. block letters:  simple doodled letters with hard corners and straight edges–for some movement this font has little lines added on the smaller edges of the letters–these almost make the letter vibrate
  2. basic cursive
  3. Double outline caps:  draw a capital letter, then draw a second line just far enough away to create a space
  4. capitals stretched wide:  notice how much it changes the letters!  All it takes is making this set of letters shorter than the other capitals but making them much wider, leave wider spaces between the letters
  5. capitals stretched high:  push the letters close together, make them tall and skinny

Practicing the last three fonts is easier than it looks.  Use the word BIBLE and CROSS:

  1. use ruled notebook paper
  2. draw each word so that  it is two lines tall  with w i d e spacing— try to make the five letters stretch across the page
  3. draw the words again 6 lines tall, and fit them tight, close to each other–both words on the same line
  4. notice how the letters change as you try to draw them different heights and widths
  5. try another thing:  vary the bottom line for each letter–notice how just doing that changes it all again

Notice the color use and placement:

The RULE of THREE:  odd numbers tend to be more pleasing to the eye.  And placing a color in three different places helps balance an artwork, yet it give it more interest as well.  Look again at this week’s piece:

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Notice:  three places with red, three yellows, three greens, six blue (some are small, but they still count and balance!)

Whenever you are adding color to anything (even your living room or outfit!)  look to have it in 3 places.  You will be amazed how big of a difference this little trick makes!

USE YOUR COLOR WHEEL:    

Yes, God created all the colors to work in harmony and yes He uses them all together in nature.  But different combinations do different things to our eyes, emotions, and reactions!  There are several different combos.  I found this infographic on the web.  I explain it a little more after the image:

primary:  blue, red, yellow–the basics, mix these to make all the other colors.  These play very nicely together, but tend to give a very vibrant, busy, energetic feel

secondary:  orange, purple, green–the colors the primaries make.  Also vibrant!

analogous:  three colors next to each other on the wheel–for example blue, green, yellow.  Tend to be more calming.

complementary:  directly across each other on the wheel:  red and green, blue and orange, yellow and purple:  they can make each other look brighter next to each other, or darker if you layer or mix them

I liked this infographic because it shows how it can look when you mix different colors in different amounts.  Here is another:

The BEST way to learn about color:  PRACTICE and PLAY.  Make lots of little circles or squares and fill them with different combos.  Find what appeals to YOU.

I will go over more next week–like emotional reactions.   For now:  here is the coloring version of this week’s art as I drew it.  If you like, print it several times (even copy and paste it so there are four of them on one page!)  and color each one a different way.

 

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Isaiah 43:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

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History Behind These Verses

Isaiah is a prophet.  A prophet is a person who is given directions or wisdom directly from God to share with a specific group of people. Isaiah was called by God to be a messenger to the Israelites. He spent the majority of his adult life doing just this.  When these verses were spoken by Isaiah, a large portion of God’s children were being held captive for the second time.  Years earlier the Israelites were held as slaves in Egypt, and now they were in bondage in Babylon.

Isaiah was sent to speak hope to God’s people.  He was sent to remind the Israelites of a few very important things. First, the children of God were to remember how God had earlier rescued them from their captivity in Egypt. Secondly, Isaiah was sent to warn the Israelites to not dwell on their past.  These two instructions:  to remember, and then do not dwell seem kind of contradictory.  Let’s take a couple of minutes to read some of the earlier verses found in Isaiah 43 so that we can get a clear picture of the exact message from God’s prophet. You will notice in verses 16-17 that Isaiah is quoting events which happened years earlier.  Verses 16-17 state some of the amazing events which took place during the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.

Isaiah 43:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon,
And bring them all down as fugitives—
The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
The Creator of Israel, your King.”

16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
The army and the power
(They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):

So, why is Isaiah first reminding the Israelites about their past to only later tell them to not remember it? After researching these verses, I discovered two reasons for this “double talk”:  first, the Israelites were allowed to be held captive both times as a direct consequence from the sins they were committing.  God has forgiven them , and they must now forgive themselves and move forward in their relationship with God.  God is wanting them to not dwell on their past sins.

Secondly, the Israelites should remember the great and miraculous acts God has done for them in their past. Although all of these acts of were incredible and definitely worth remembering,  God does not want them to only dwell on them.  Doing so could limit His children’s future expectations.  The Israelites had witnessed some incredibly amazing things during their release from Egypt. These miracles should not be forgotten, but the Israelites need to realize that these past miracles are nothing compared to the miracles still to come. God is wanting the Israelites to look to their future with new and open eyes!  He wants them to realize that they are now free from their past sins!  He desires for them to look with great anticipation to their future lives with HIM!

http://biblehub.com/commentaries/isaiah/43-18.htm

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Key Words

Do

Not

Remember

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remember

Remember:

: to have or keep an image or idea in your mind of (something or someone from the past) : to think of (something or someone from the past) again

: to cause (something) to come back into your mind

: to keep (information) in your mind : to not forget (something)

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Connection To Our Lives

It is very easy to “keep” our past sins in our minds.  Even after we have asked for forgiveness from God it is sometimes very difficult for us to forgive ourselves.  It is vital that we release our past mistakes! God does not want us to live in a cloud of guilt and shame.  Once we ask for forgiveness and turn from our sin, our Heavenly Father immediately forgives us and FORGETS our transgression.  We MUST do the same!!!

You may be wondering why it is so important to forget your past sins.  I believe the main reason why it is so very important to forget is for the sake of relationships!  Holding on to guilt and shame will cause us to draw away from people who love us.  It will also cause us to pull away from God.  Each of us was created to NEED LOVE!!!

Think about this:  the opposite of LOVE is HATE.  When we pull away from LOVE we are in essence pushing ourselves towards HATE!  Before we know it we will drift closer and closer to HATE.  If we are not careful we will begin hating ourselves and hating anyone who tries to come near to us.  Hate is a very lonely emotion.  The devil loves when we fall into the trap of HATE! Once we are in this dark emotions grasp, it is easier for Satan to manipulate us! The longer we remain in this state, the farther we continue to drift from God, because GOD IS LOVE!!!

We must all be very intentional to ALWAYS choose LOVE!!!!  I challenge you today if you are holding on to ANY kind of grudge, whether against yourself or someone else to RELEASE it today!  As you pray for help with this, imagine yourself running into your Heavenly Father’s loving arms.  As you visualize yourself running, imagine the evil claws of HATE releasing from your shoulders! You do not belong to HATE!  Do not give Satan the satisfaction of even being able to touch you with even one of his tiny HATE-FILLED evil fingers!

God LOVES you so very much!!!!

It is NOW the time for each and every one of us to CHOOSE LOVE!!!