Forget Past Things

June 6, 2012

Friend,
I am glad that you have been trying to take every thought captive to be obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) But it does not have to be difficult for you as you say it is. You belong to the Lord, –is this not correct? Then we have all His Spirit’s power available for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) –that is, for participation in His divine nature. (v. 4) We thus have –right inside of us– the power to escape the world’s and the sinful nature’s corruptions. (same verse) This is wonderful news! But we must enact it (Eph. 3:20) by our faith and obedience which we do by taking precautions and commanding our own will to advance within His will and in His might. We can’t just sit back; we must train ourselves to be godly. (1 Tim. 4:7)

One thing that you are doing is fighting against your own progress in godliness. Why are you continuing to go to worldly counselors, or “Christian” counselors who use worldly methods? EMDR is most definitely a type of hypnotism. Is this not why you have come to believe in traumas that happened to you that you previously knew nothing about –until these “suppressed memories” were “remembered”? Even if you are certain that such things occurred, then what good is it to the child of God to dwell on them when we are to think on all things lovely (Phil. 4:8) and forget the things of the past? (3:13 // Isa. 43:18) If you are being told to resurrect negative feelings and memories in order to be healed of them, this is a lie. That will not heal, as you’ve noticed, for such a philosophy is in complete opposition to what God’s Word tells us concerning what brings healing and peace to our soul. What brings it is righteousness and reverence for God. (Mal. 4:2)

God is our Healer (Ex. 15:26) and He does it by His Spirit, the Counselor / Comforter (John 14:26), who sends His Word into our hearts and minds (same verse // Ps. 107:20), giving us Christ’s peace (John 14:27) as He guides us into all Truth. (16:13) If we undergo trials, we are to rejoice. (1 Peter 4:13) For are our sufferings not chariots to ride in toward strong faith and holiness? Are they not disciplines by which we learn the power of God so that we can be equipped to more valiantly and victoriously further His Kingdom? Is not life with Him about power, not talk? (1 Cor. 4:20) Continually talking about past traumas gets a person nowhere. It only makes one feel victimized and weak and fearful. It keeps the mind on death (Rom. 8:6), not on Jesus who is Life and Peace abundant! (same verse // John 6:48 & 10:10) Therefore, we are to fix our minds on Him (Heb. 12:2) and on things above. (Col. 3:2) Those are the thoughts that bring us peace. (Isa. 26:3)

And where do we find Jesus? In the Word. For He is the Word of God. (John 1:1,14 // Rev. 19:13) Eat Him by meditating on His Word, letting His Spirit in there fill you up, and you will find Life. (John 6:53,63) If you do not feed and drink there, “you have no life in you” (v. 53), for His words only, not men’s, “are Spirit and they are life.” (v. 63)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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