Acts 26 (Key verse, Acts 26:29)
What kind of chains bind people?
How can these chains be broken?
Getting past your past doesn’t mean you forget about it. Paul hadn’t forgotten about his past. A past filled with murder and abuse. Yet, somehow he got past his past.
Whenever Paul would look at his past he would look through the lens of undeserved grace. He had been blind both physically and spiritually. And it wasn’t until his encounter with Jesus that he could truly see. It’s not about what you have done. It’s about what he can do.
Sunday March 6, 2011 was a day that many people got past their past. That day I spoke about how we serve a God of new beginnings and openly shared (for the first time publicly) my own past sin and failure. At the end of the service I asked people to write down their past and place it in a jar as a symbol of letting go. Literally, the entire auditorium got out of their seats and laid down their past.
As I prayed and looked through those cards I saw that people had been carrying a lot of guilt and shame. It was amazing to see God set them free. One of the cards summarized the hope we have in Jesus.