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Overcoming bad memories

'Do not...ponder the things of the past.' Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories, you must: (1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, 'You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good' (Genesis 50:20 NAS). (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. 'Do not...ponder the things of the past' (Isaiah 43:18 NAS). (3) Refocus your thoughts. 'Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead' (Philippians 3:13 NKJV).You say, 'I can't help remembering.' If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings. The most effective way to overcome bad memories - is to replace them with good ones! And here's some great news: Every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfill it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: 'Fear not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth' (Isaiah 54:4 NAS). 'The former things shall not be remembered or come into glad and rejoice forever in that which I create' (Isaiah 65:17-18 AMP). Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos - but it doesn't happen overnight. You'll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases, you'll forgive others; in other cases, you'll forgive yourself. You say, 'But all those promises are from the Old Testament!' Yes, but the Bible says, 'He carries out and fulfills all of [His] promises, no matter how many...there are' (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB).So bring your bad memories to God and let him heal them.

Soulfood: Jer 41-44, Luke 22:24-38, Ps 25:16-22, Prov 10:4-7

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