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Answer—Separating From One’s Past
Many people come to God after a life of sin, and it is great that they do come, for Jesus said that He came to save sinners. It is better than those who are religious and believe themselves not to need salvation. People are saved once they have received the Lord Jesus as their Saviour, yet, people with a difficult past often find themselves struggling to break free from it. The question is, how can a person be free from his past? The Word of God gives some important things to consider.
When we do not understand what position salvation places us in with God, then we will struggle to disconnect from our past. Spiritually, positionally, eternally we are connected to God through salvation. Salvation is not a change of life; that is the result of it, but salvation itself is a new life.
Sometimes we try to use salvation to disconnect us from our past, but we cannot not use it for that, for that is what it is. Those who are saved are already disconnected from their past, they must just implement that into their everyday life.
If I think I am still a sinner then I will believe it is okay to sin some, but if I believe that I am now a saint, then there is no excuse for sinning, and when I do, I must confess it immediately.
Before we were saved, sin ruled over us to the point of death. There was no overcoming it. Likewise, grace is ruling now, but grace is not like sin or the law, dictatorial, but grace rules to the extent we submit to it by submitting to Jesus Christ. Grace comes from Him and will rule us in liberty as we submit to Him.
When we acknowledge and confess our sin we can continue to walk with the Lord in holiness, but when we embrace sin then we are stuck in it. We all sin, but we must not live-in sin our willingly go into sin.
Click-I John 1:8-2:3 explains this very clearly
When we walk with God in prayer, in His Word, in fellowship we are being purified, and the ways of the old life become undesirable.
Sometimes we want to purify ourselves, so god will accept us and bless us, but it is God who is holy, and when we spend time in His presence we become holy likewise.
As long as we spend time in environments that connect us to our past, to sin, to worldliness, we will struggle with leaving our past behind. Christianity is made to be lived in a Christian environment; it is the only place where it functions properly.
If you implement these things, you will start separating from your past and grow in your Christian faith. If you have any more questions, please contact us.