Moving Past Your Past

Yesterday at Sojourn we looked at the life of Isaac and we talked about generational sins. These are the patterns we repeat in our lives after seeing or experiencing them in our families.

Many Christians struggle when it comes to our pasts. Should we delve into our pasts, or try to leave it behind us? Some look at every struggle as a demonic stronghold that must be brought down; others think that any discussions of the past are worthless “psychobabble.” People have gone to extremes in both directions and we need to fight the temptation to dismiss something simply because it has been abused. We carry our history around in both spiritual and physical ways, so we must learn how to think about it biblically.

This is what we began to do this past Sunday at Sojourn. Here’s a helpful resource:

One of the first steps in understanding our past, Viar says, is to recognize that in every situation we were either innocent or guilty. Within both kinds of experiences, we can respond well or we can respond poorly. The goal is to learn the way forward in each of those circumstances. He offers biblical action steps with each possibility as well as a few suggestions in understanding what might be at the root of your behaviors. I highly recommend this book.

Thank God for the men and women laboring as counselors and friends at Sojourn. Our counseling ministry offers Redemption Group several times a year. These groups are short-term groups focused on equipping you to apply the gospel to the struggles of life. The next Redemption Group is June 20-23.

And you can involve yourself in our counseling ministry anytime by emailing us here. I’m grateful to God for bringing about more, better, and clearer reflection on how Jesus brings healing and change to our past.

What’s been helpful for you, in breaking from the power of your past?

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4 Responses to “Moving Past Your Past”

  1. Andy Boyle March 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Interesting. We have spoke about this topic in the past and I am still dealing with it. I am glad you posted this. I will check out the book.


    Your old friend.

    • Daniel Montgomery March 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      Let me know what you think.

  2. Christina March 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Wouldn’t it be a sad thing to ignore the hurt and sins of our past just as it would if we failed to recognize and remember the joy? For if we did, I fear we would miss an opportunity to see how the Lord redeems these things for his glory. It is because the Lord has shown me how the gospel fits into my past that I now see the joy in this life I am living. So….what has been helpful for breaking from the power of my past? (so tough to put into words…) Having people around me ask tough questions…in complete humility and love and in reflection of the good news that God does indeed love me and Christ has in fact suffered for me, that he paid my debt…

  3. Hillary March 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    That was such an awesome sermon. While it did let me reflect on a few generational sins, it mostly encouraged me about telling my story. Our CG women’s leader has asked each woman to share her story, the things that have led to our current struggles, and I have been having a very hard time working up the courage to even write mine down. The Lord definitely used your words on my heart this week.

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