Hi Readers! We’re glad to have you join us today for David Telbat’s Author Reflections page titled, “The Five ITs—Leaving your Ugly Past Behind.”
A quick announcement: D.I. Telbat did a guest article titled “5 Must-haves before Writing Your Novel” for Deborah Heal’s website, Write Brain Activity: a Blog for Bookies and Aspiring Authors. Be sure to check out his post and her blog!
Author David Telbat here to share five useful concepts that may help you leave your past of shame behind so you may approach God’s calling without doubt.
We were all the same
All around us, people deny the condition of their dark hearts by seeking superficial fulfillment. This leaves those of us who have been troubled about our pasts feeling like we’re all alone.
Want to know a secret? You’re not alone. Behind that fake smile at work, at the park, at the grocery store—and sometimes at church—is a person ashamed of his or her past.
Some choose denial. Some choose distraction. But, maybe you’re reading this because you’ve chosen another way to deal with the unmentionable.
Would you believe that shame can be dealt with? Would you believe that your conscience can be finally put to rest? Would you believe that walking away from that guilt is a decision away?
#1) Believe IT. Accepting the fact that a perfect Man died for shameful you (and me) instead of requiring your life (spiritually and physically), makes you righteous. That decision to accept that gift disconnects you from your sin. You’ve accepted perfection instead. God sees you as a perfect person, as beautiful as Jesus Himself (Romans 10:9-10).
#2) Read IT. On those down days, our pasts creep up to shame us all over again. The memory can’t be erased, but God wants you to view it as a memory of something He has brought you from. How does God view your new condition? Our shame is a memory to us, but He’s forgotten it by deeming the new us righteous. We can fight our paralyzing memories by reading how God truly views us now (I John 3:3).
#3) Say IT. When the past is before us and seems to defy all that God has promised in newness of life, confess aloud the decision you once made to leave your past at the cross. Say this, “No, I am a child of God. I did ugly things, but You, God, have brought me from that. Because of You, I will not be crippled in life, but rather, I can now run this race!”
#4) Hear IT. If you don’t have a godly friend or mentor, find one now. When the world closes in, when the flesh seems to be winning, and when the devil is projecting your past in your mind, there’s nothing like a fellow believer to remind you that you are truly delivered from that ugliness. Your past cannot take that salvation away. You hear and believe this by faith and continue to run the race.
#5) Write IT. On those days when you see your past as truly your past, and when you view victory clearly in Jesus, write down that date and your thoughts. Those moments when you’re thinking spiritually and victoriously need to be memorialized, so when you feel defeated, you can be reminded and reassured.
In my ministry circles, I have a friend who has a shameful past of unspeakable sin. He reads these five points daily, and without the baggage of his past, he is learning to live actively for Jesus. Since we are all similarly lost before salvation, we can all similarly declare victory the same way through the Cross—the Cross has dealt with our shame. Now, BELIEVE IT!
See you in the field,
COMING UP: Check out David’s Special Forces Novel, Jaguar Dusk.
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