“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.” (II John 2:12)

We all have regrets. Red faced, embarrassed, we are tempted to look back—but don’t. Look ahead! “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and stretching forward to those things which are before . . .” (Philippians 3:13)

There is a technique for you to take for your own: when the failures, hurts and indignities from the past loom like a gathering storm, look ahead. God is there. “A new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines.” (I John 2:8)

I’ll confess this: if I think about my past I feel like a failure. If I let it, the rest of my life will be hindered by it.

But God is in your future. When a certain familiar fear threatens your heart and mind, very purposefully quote this verse: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:7, 8)

Peace comes when I say it out loud (or in my heart) and hope comes with it.

The Word of God is “live and active” in you. (Hebrews 4:12) Use this powerful technique at the moment a storm brews.

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