The mind feasts on what it focuses on.
Our minds are like computers, filled with old files that can’t seem to get purged…or stay purged. Memories bubble up, unbidden, from past mistakes and shortcomings, disappointments and failures. It’s far too easy to soak in those discouraging recollections. To cling to old ways.
And that’s just where the Enemy wants you to stay. Stuck in a looming sense of failure. One of the Devil’s goals is to call attention to our unworthiness. The very name of Satan is a Hebrew word for The Accuser. (Job 1:6)
It’s not that our past doesn’t need reflection, or require attention to settle some accounts, but the focus stays on self. Judging, evaluating, examining, pitying. Eyes on self.
The remedy is simple: When an old memory comes to the surface and your first inclination is defeat, flip it around and respond with gratitude. God is continually at work in you, a process called “sanctification.” Thank Him for how much you’ve grown and matured since that old memory occurred. Hold it up to the light. If there’s an account to settle, a relationship to heal, forgiveness to be sought, ask God for guidance and act. Don’t sit there, marinating in past failures. Don’t cling to the old ways.
Scarcity Says… The evidence continues to mount: you’re unworthy.
Abundance Answers… “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!” (Isaiah 43:18-19, msg).