Not Bound By My Background

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. –Β Maya Angelou

 

I entitled my post today based off a sermon my pastor preached a few weeks ago entitled “But By the Grace of God I am what I am”. One of the points that he was making in his sermon was about not being bound by my background. He spoke about this in relation to Paul and how Paul is not the only one with a shady background. But, he said that the favor of God is significant in the life of the believer. The message had been resonating in my spirit for the last few weeks and I can’t seem to get it out. I guess that means I need to focus on it right?

So, I did. I started thinking about my past and how I’m not bound my background no matter who tries to hold me hostage to my past. Like Paul and I suppose many of you reading this now, I had to remember that I have God’s favor and he is not holding my past hostage and using it to destroy me in my future. That’s what I had to remember because I’ve been having a heck of a time “co-parenting” with my son’s father lately and I realized that one of the things he was doing was trying to bound me to my background.

Have you ever had someone try to use your past as a weapon against you in your future? By using your fears, insecurities, experiences and/or bad decisions in your face as fact of the person you are and who’ve you become? I have and you know what? I ain’t worried. I know that’s not grammatically correct, but in this instance I need you to understand where I’m coming from because it is about to get real.

No one is perfect. No one. Only one man was perfect and none of us have ever come close so we need to stop worrying about being perfect and just live our best lives. Seeking to do His will. The bible is full of situations in which Jesus used the undesirable to spread the word. He showed favor and these people realized it. I realize it.

You know when I realized it? When I had suffered abuse at the hands of man and all my walls were built up to protect my heart, God protected my spirit. The enemy didn’t win. Was my life rough? Yes. Am I better having lived and survived the experiences. Yes. Is God through with me? No.

I have often spoke of how we need to encourage ourselves in order to get through difficult situations where people are trying to persecute you. Sometimes that is all you can do is to pray, submit and give it to God. I won’t let those who don’t believe in God’s favor persecute me for my past. Because those persecutors are not perfect. They have a past like me and many times it is worse. The great thing I want you to remember is that your past is just that…your past.

You can’t erase it. You can’t forget it. You may have had no control over the events that happened in your past. But, you can choose not to relive it. Don’t be bound by your background. Know that you are blessed and highly favored.

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3 thoughts on “Not Bound By My Background

  1. I love your blogs! I had to read this one before I do some needed work this morning…
    I have to say this, love conquers all. If someone loves you, whatever they say about your past or how the bring it up, will be done in love. We all have some scars from our past, regardless if other people see them or not. I feel the strongest people are those who are like Paul, who openly acknowledge their past life accepting criticism from others, as they don’t care being honored, but about helping others get through their present.
    1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

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  2. Thank you, but what if they don’t love you? Then they are doing it to be malicious and spiteful. I keep praying for people to change so I am confident that my God will handle any and everything that comes my way.

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    1. Well, honestly a lot of people don’t love me and are malicious. My father constantly says stuff to hurt my feelings or belittle me. But, I love him anyway, though we’re not friends.
      You can’t make anyone love or respect you. A lot of people don’t know how to love, and we should have grace for them.

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