We all look to the future with hope and with the certainty in the belief that it will be better than our past. (at least that’s the general idea) The past may have been good or bad. We all have a past and some of us have a very nice past filled with peppermints, roses and warm fuzzies, others have a not so nice past filled with darkness, evil and things that brings them away from the light and farther into that darkness. But most of us have had pasts that are sprinkled with pain, but have had many good memories as well.
A past shouldn’t, but in many cases does define us. We may feel sometimes that our past is what has given birth to our present, and in many cases that is true. For our past is the conglomeration of what has happened and led to our present condition. But I am here to tell you that if you let your past decide your present, you are making a giant mistake.
Let’s understand some things; first the difference between nature and person. Nature is what you are or what you have. You have no control over your nature. It is what you have. You have a human nature. We are human so we own a human nature. That nature is for the most part, dark. It is that way because of sin. And if we never move to correct that darkness, we will die in it and live forever in the sin that binds us, that torments us, that really controls us, even if we deny that it does. We will not be a person of God. Person is who you are. It is developed through the choices we make, which happen because of our thoughts. If we think good thoughts we become a good person…sort of. Good people do good things, but that’s not enough because our nature has been corrupted by sin, so we must find a way to overcome the corruption caused by sin. The only way is to bring God into our person by means of the Holy Spirit. That brings us beyond good into the perfect will of the living God. It enables us to possess the mind of Christ.
Sin is the thing that brings darkness, and eventually death to all of us. Prior to sin’s entrance into the physical world, there was no death. We were meant to live forever. Genesis 2:17
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Obviously Adam was not meant to die and perhaps he didn’t understand the concept of death, but God gave him one command by which he could experience victory in his life. The command was not to eat from a tree that would supply him with knowledge of and the differences between good and evil.
I think that by this knowledge of evil and of sin, everything changed for not only Adam, but for everyone who descended from him. Please take from this that sin is life changing. Even the knowledge of sin is life changing. And even more than that, it’s nature changing.
And here’s why. Sin gives us an understanding and helps us derive pleasure for our physical being. I can’t think of any sin that does not give us physical pleasure, stimulated by means of endorphins that are produced by our bodies and block pain receptors while at the same time transmitting good feelings and pleasure to those parts of the brain that experience both pain and pleasure. God put these things in our nature for purely pure purposes. Sin has corrupted this process.
When we change our thoughts, departing from the way God thinks or views things we will always have trouble in our lives. Sin is corrupting. The story is repeated again and again through the bible and if you look around, you will see it in the lives of many who struggle in their lives in many areas. God repeats the sentiment in many places that it is by following Him that our lives are restored to clarity and prosperity. My favorite one is this: Isaiah 55:7-9
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
God’s thoughts are of a higher nature than ours, so we would be extremely wise to not only seek those thoughts out, but pursue them with great vigor and put both thoughts and practices into action in our lives. The word thoughts here means an intention or a plan. And both we and God have them. But the word can mean and evil plan or plot or something good and advice given in love.
In verse 7 He states that it is possible to forsake the way of wickedness and unrighteousness. It is interesting to note that the word here interpreted “unrighteous” is a word that means to comes to nothing. It literally means to pant in vain, which is to exert a lot of energy for no particular reason. Like pushing a giant rock around. But in truth means to live for no reason. A waste of time.
Our existence is only complete when we walk toward the One who gives life. Elohim Adonai, the Lord our God.
In our human nature, which has been corrupted by sin, we will most certainly die and that death will be eternal. And eternal death is not really death, which is the cessation of all thoughts, feelings and considerations, but rather eternal death is eternal separation from the living God, and therefore no possibility of ever changing your situation. You are without hope. But our human nature is able to be overcome through reliance on the once shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Since our human nature been corrupted by sin, we must explore what damage was done to our everyday life. Because of our corrupted nature, our desires, our insights, even our love has been affected. Every aspect of our being has been corrupted. But there is hope. It is only found in one place and that place is the Holy Spirit. As we surrender to God those parts of us that have been corrupted by sin, the flesh, the devil, and the world, we will slowly begin to change our thoughts and begin to rethink our thoughts regarding the sin that holds us. As this process moves forward we will experience new joy in our hearts, regarding God in a new way, for He will show us all of those things that make us leap into the air for joy!