How does my past affect me today? - Past - TouchPoints

How does my past affect me today?

Deuteronomy 32:15-1815“But Israel soon became fat and unruly; the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation.16 They stirred up his jealousy by worshiping foreign gods; they provoked his fury with detestable deeds.17 They offered sacrifices to demons, which are not God, to gods they had not known before, to new gods only recently arrived, to gods their ancestors had never feared.18 You neglected the Rock who had fathered you; you forgot the God who had given you birth.

2 Chronicles 26:16-20But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the Lord his God . . .

Past successes can make us prideful. They can make us forget the God who helped make them possible. Make sure success drives you toward God in thankfulness and humility, not away from him in self-confidence.

Psalm 44:1-3O God, we have heard it with our own ears— our ancestors have told us of all you did in other days, in days long ago . . . It was by your mighty power that they succeeded; it was because you favored them and smiled on them.

Isaiah 63:7,11-14I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love. I will praise the Lord for all he has done . . . You led your people, Lord, and gained a magnificent reputation.

Psalm 105:5-7Think of the wonderful works he has done, the miracles and the judgments he handed down . . .

Seeing how God has worked in the past can give you confidence and hope that he will continue those great works in you in the future. Sharing Bible stories and recounting family history that highlights God’s faithfulness can be powerful influence on the lives of children.

Psalm 78:1-4O my people, listen to my teaching. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past— stories we have heard and know, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord. We will tell of his power and the mighty miracles he did.

The past can teach you valuable lessons. But you must know and meditate on the stories in order to learn from them to profit from them.

Hebrews 10:32Don’t ever forget those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.

Surviving the past can strengthen you to endure today. The first days of your relationship with Christ have the potential of creating lasting memories for the years to come. Review your spiritual past as an incentive to renew your spiritual present.

Daniel 4:27O King Nebuchadnezzar, please listen to me. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past by being merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.

1 Peter 4:3You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.

The past can help you avoid temptation today. When you remember past consequences, you will be more motivated to avoid them!

2 Samuel 12:1-23Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. But you have given the enemies of the Lord great opportunity to despise and blaspheme him, so your child will die.”

Matthew 26:69-75Meanwhile, as Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, a servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you are talking about,” he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. A little later some other bystanders came over to him and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” Peter said, “I swear by God, I don’t know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went away, crying bitterly.

Genesis 49:3-28Reuben, you are my oldest son . . . But you are as unruly as the waves of the sea, and you will be first no longer. For you slept with one of my wives; you dishonored me in my own bed. Simeon and Levi are two of a kind— men of violence . . . Joseph is a fruitful tree, a fruitful tree beside a fountain . . . his arms were strengthened by the Mighty One of Jacob, the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel. May the God of your ancestors help you; may the Almighty bless you with the blessings of the heavens above . . . these are the blessings with which Jacob blessed his twelve sons. Each received a blessing that was appropriate to him.

Both David and Peter made grievous errors that they lived to regret. God graciously restored each of them, but there were consequences. Jacob’s blessings on his children were filled with warnings about their future based on their current character and experience. There’s little evidence that the next generations took Jacob’s foresight to heart. Your past decisions have consequences for your future. Each decision you make determines which fork in the road you take. Where you end up depends on where you decide to go.

Isaiah 42:23Will not even one of you apply these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you?

Psalm 106:12-13Then at last his people believed his promises. Then they finally sang his praise. Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done! They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!

Remembering what God has done in the past will help you wait for his counsel today.