What do you value the most? Our true value is based on Jesus’ finished work on the cross. That is the past where we can look back, look at our present, and look forward to our future. Every aspect of our lives is founded in this truth.
However, the world seeks to conform our thoughts and actions. Secular counseling looks to the past to figure out why we are the way we are. The truth? It is not what we have been through, but what Jesus went through for us. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Evaluating ourselves by past accomplishments or failures is pride. 2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Have you ever been compared to someone and their accomplishments? I’ve heard the pain of folks who were compared to their siblings, or they compared themselves to someone else. Yesterday someone told me that their contract didn’t get renewed. They were passed up by someone else. It’s the world’s way of comparison, which spells ‘rejection’ that brings emotional pain.
The world system drives folks to go into debt so they can have something better. The world shouts, ‘You are not enough’ and it leaves us with a feeling of lack. It opens the door for fleshly lusts. It wedges in discontentment. It fuels covetousness. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Hebrews 12:11 Amplified says that true righteousness is, “…conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God).” Conforming our thoughts to God’s will is accomplished as we renew our mind. Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).”
Counting ourselves dead to our past is the empowerment for our present. When a negative thought about your past flits into your mind, what do you do? If you continue to dialogue with it, you are in deception. Your past is passed. Done. Over. It is only in your mind. Self-deception desensitizes us to the moving of the Holy Spirit. When He nudges us, we are not aware. Here is a foundational truth. John 3:34 Amplified says of the Holy Spirit, “…boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit.” Let us receive instruction from the Holy Spirit and walk in it.