SUCCESS STOPPERS (Series 2) – FAILURE OF THE PAST

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There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure – Kyle Rote Jnr.

Our God is no doubt a great Master-Planner. He carefully breaks down our lives in controllable bits – time. The longing tomorrow, sooner or later becomes today, and the cherished today will in no time, become yesterday; this is the beauty of seasons. However, there is one part of this season that has done much harm to our continuous stepping further in destiny. It has imprisoned so many that they just can’t break off. It has even birthed fear in many of us that we live every of our days in fear of impending failure. This monster is nothing else than the failure of the past.

Our past experience of failure is one major thing that has succeeded in stopping us from achieving greater success in life. We carry the hurt of the past to the present. This pollutes the joy of the present and we keep having a carry-forward balance of pain. I have said it over-time that there could be a part of our life where challenges seem to tear us apart, a period of our life that is so painful, not to be wished even on our worst enemy. All these cannot be denied, however it becomes success-threatening when we allow this pain to control our today and future.

I have come to understand the wonderful reason God created a period of time called ‘past’. It is a place where he wants us to bury the unpleasant part of our lives so we could continue our journey in the success lane. The stronghold of past failures, betrayal and pains is one thing that we must be courageous enough to let go of if we truly desire a fulfilled life. That was the secret of Apostle Paul’s untiring exploits, he called it “one thing I do”.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead – Phil.3:13

Friend, you need to accept the truth that what is bad about your past is past,

God did really plan it all well, giving us two eyes that looks forward so that we can focus on the present and the future and forget what is behind. It is a futile effort creating a monument in history, trying to change what cannot be changed. The only way to rewrite and correct our past is to live today right. Havelock Ellis was right to have affirmed that “All the art of living lies in the fine mingling of letting go and holding on”. This simply means that the best of life is realized by letting go of the past and making the best of the present.

An Ancient Persian Mass said, “There is no saint without a past – no sinner without a future”. This is 100% true. The best of us today have a past, and there is hope for the worst of us. Never allow the enemy to keep haunting you with your past. This is his mercenary to get you stucked up in life. The past is a place where you bury the misdeeds of yesteryears, so you need to stop living in the past, exorcising the buried failures and mistakes which will only come alive to deny you the joy and fulfilment of the present.

One sure way to stop succeeding and progressing is to continually ruminate over past failures. There is simply no future in your past. When you try to march forward with your eyes looking backwards, you often trip off because there is simply no difference between such person and a blind man. It’s hard to emerge in your land of success while living and wallowing in regret.

It’s simply difficult to see the sun with the eyes of tears. Get off this wish and do that one thing that matters most – forget the past.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Is. 43:18

GOD BLESS YOU.

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  1. This is revelatory! We must learn to let go of our past, most especially the ugly ones! Sometimes the past that holds us down are the sins we’ve committed. However, God said I’m he that that forgives your sins, and remembers them no more! So if God does not remembers our ugly pasts, who are we to?