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?