Danny and I have had the privilege to be ministers of the Gospel through many venues across the years. One of them is CMA, Christian Motorcyclists Association. When our teenagers said they wanted to join, it was an honor to us that they wanted to be part of the organization we love so much. We decided to do the tapes together. The first ministry team training was on cassette. We sat in our living room every evening. There was lots of rewinding to get all the information we needed. Hearing the voices of leadership that was tried and true was a real joy for us as well. When you know a person’s heart and you hear their voice that’s just sweet fellowship, even on tape. We laughed a lot while rewinding those blessed cassettes. It made a wonderful family time of faith and fellowship we still cherish. Years later it was an entire chapter fellowshipping in our living room doing the ministry team training. This time it was videos but we did rewind even those and had to stop them occasionally and talk about the wonderful messages. God gave us sweet times and we didn’t mind the rewinds at all!
Oh beloved, what have you been listening to? While rewinding those ministry cassettes was necessary to get all the information in, rewinding the tapes of your life is totally unnecessary. There is one who would like to replay every mistake, every hurt, every humiliation, every rejection, and more. He wants you to concentrate completely on the past. He doesn’t want you to fast forward to God’s mercy and grace. If He can keep you recounting and listening over and over to the past, he can keep you ineffective for the future. Even the good times must not be your soul focus, for God is doing a new thing in the world and in your life! He has washed away your sins, just as a tape is erased. He has gone through the system and given your life a brand new start. He speaks new beginnings, fresh anointing and Kingdom living for this present time. Whatever you need for today, you can’t move forward with it by recounting your former mistakes. You are a joy to the Lord and He’s calling you forward.
God loves you and He’s for you. Don’t let anyone tell you to rewind the past for you are walking into the future with joy unspeakable and full of glory, living in the Light of God’s glory and grace!
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.
Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the LORD
Isaiah 43:19 Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.
Ephesians 4:24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.