Overcome Your Past: Steps To Becoming An Over comer.
You can not overcome your past and become an over-comer when you allow your past hang around your neck like a towel, moving with you everywhere and stopping you from moving forward.
The rearview mirror of our life holds many things. Sometimes the rearview mirror can be anxiety-producing and cause us to put up protective barriers to keep ourselves mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually safe. These barriers seem to keep us safe from the traumatic experiences that have been neatly tucked away with no intention of uncovering.
This can be a trap that keeps us from growth and the abundance that God wants for us.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” – 1 John 5:3-4 KJV.
Maybe you have experienced an event in your life that created scars that sometimes seem to be impossible to overcome. They also can leave us looking for questions of “why” did God allow this to happen to us? When we get into this place sometimes we do not know what to do with our emotions. If we do not have the tools to process through the past we can have a tendency to just numb our emotions. There are many ways of numbing that we turn to such as spending, eating, sleeping, medication, etc.
Each of us has our way of attempting to deny the feelings of discomfort in our life. Whether we had an abusive childhood, experienced the death of a loved one, have gone through a nasty relationship, or maybe we have had a teenager that has broken the law and is waiting for the court date. In each of these examples, there are multiple feelings that we do not know how to handle.
This is when we have reach for those numbing agents to escape. In that process of escaping, we set ourselves up for failure by surrendering to a false sense of hope. Ultimately in this emotional crazy cycle, we limit the ability to love effectively and passionately.
It is important to know that we can’t selectively numb our emotions. When life is uncomfortable and the remnants of past traumatic incidences get too close to the surface of reality, we have a tendency to numb out.
Talking about overcoming our past, the first step to handle any of the past is to acknowledge the reality of what happened.
Looking at our past from the perspective of “you cannot change or heal what you don’t know,” will help the process of overcoming the past hurts.
At times depending on the trauma may be hard to understand what needs to be changed or healed, that is why some help is important to set yourself in a healthy direction with decisions.
Know this, your past doesn’t define you but it does allow you to be moulded into the person that God wants to use for His purpose.
Forget your past and move on with God.