“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage..”

Galatians 5:1

Some people go through life looking into the rearview mirror. They yearn for the “good old days” when life seemed better. Families were stronger, Christians were nobler, people were happier or so they think.

The ancient Hebrews were masters of glorifying the ugly past. As slaves in Egypt they had been desperate! Yet after Moses led them out of bondage, they were soon idealizing the “good old days.” Many of them actually wanted to go back to Egypt and again stick their necks under a yoke and feel Pharaoh’s lash. Little wonder that God canceled their passport to the Promised Land.

Some Christians would like to get back to the “good old days” of the church. But which church? Believers have faced huge difficulties since the days of Paul. The early church was plagued by sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 5:1), heresy (Galatians 1:6-7), and dissension (Acts 15:1-2). There were no good old days for the church not in the first century, not in the sixteenth, and not in the twentieth.

Avoid the trap of looking back unless it’s to recall a lesson learned or to glory in what God has accomplished. Remember, for those whose lives are centered in Christ, the best is always yet to come.

You have freedom from your past. And can I also say some of us need to take the memory hand- cuffs off other people because we have put them there and keeping them there. When we live in the past, we tarnish the present and ignore the future.


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