This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 43:25 (NLT)


Today I want you to know that releasing your past brings about transformation.

We are continuing our four-part series on how we move from self-doubt to clarity about our life’s purpose. Transformation is central to that process. One thing that can hinder us from real transformation is the inability to release our past. It’s the subtle berating of oneself: “If only I had made different choices; if only I could take back my words.”

On occasion, you may proclaim to yourself, “That’s it! I’m leaving the past in the past.” Yet then something will trigger you to recall a past event, and without even realizing it, you’re back to carrying those invisible bags of shame, guilt, and inadequacy.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I look to Peter’s life. We know that Peter denied Christ and experienced horrible shame and guilt for his actions. Here’s the key: Peter didn’t stay in that place. He learned to trust God evermore, and he didn’t allow his past actions to hinder who he was to become.

In fact, Acts 5 tells us that the sick were carried out into the street and left on cots so that at least his shadow might fall upon them and heal them. Imagine that! After all that Peter had done—denying Christ, cutting off a man’s ear—the Holy Spirit still enveloped Peter such that his very shadow could produce healing.

So, release your past, trust God evermore, and remember these words: “I—yes I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25 (NLT)

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So today, release and renew.