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Yes, it's up to you to let go of the past, but...

Sometimes it can be so difficult to move forward when you feel like you are still so closely connected to your past. But right now, please be encouraged, that getting to that place where the chains are broken and the weights are lifted takes bravery, and strength that comes from the Lord. And if it feels hard to do, that’s because, in your own strength, it is. We were never meant to be able to let go of the past completely without knowing He was going to provide something better. We were never meant to soar above our worries without the protection of His wings. We were always meant to be guided, and to look to Him for our strength in everything, even when it comes to laying our burdens down.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” - Philippians‬ ‭4:13

Yes, it’s up to you to let go of the past, but it was never up to you to let go of it alone. For it has always been the love of Jesus that has chased down your heart and all of its affections, to give you the strength to truly let go.

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬

It was in the brokenness that He extended His love to you. It was in the lowest place He called you higher. God did not ask you to have it all figured out and He is not asking that of you now. He’s asking you to trust Him. He’s asking you to hold onto Him and let Him give you something greater.

Don’t trouble yourself trying to do it on your own, dear friend. The only way to untangle yourself from these threads of your past is to stumble to the feet of Jesus, and say “Jesus, I belong to You and not my past. I know You love me and I know in Your name, I can walk away from the sin and shame and everything that has ever kept me from you. Thank you for setting me free.”

Only Jesus can set the captives free. Only Jesus can create a distance between you and your past that is so great, you will not be able to just roam your way back into it. Only Jesus can find His way to the darkest cave in your heart and set it on fire, so that you have no choice but to shine bright from the inside out and be changed forever. Only Jesus can make that difference. Only Jesus can wipe away the sting of the past. Only Jesus.

Written by Morgan Harper Nichols for a girl who sent a message about not being able to let go of the past.