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The Ghost Of Christmas Past by Don Salmon
December 6, 2014

In Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, The Ghost Of Christmas Past is the first of three spirits that haunts Ebeneezer Scrooge. This spirit shows Scrooge scenes from his past that occurred on or around Christmas, in order to demonstrate to him the necessity of changing his ways, from being a bitter, coldhearted miser.

For a lot of people, Christmas is a difficult time. They're haunted by their own Ghost Of Christmas Past; loss of a loved one, unhappy memories and disappointments in previous Christmases. Just like Jacob Marley's Ghost, their burdened with chains of the past.

The Bible says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). Reading “burdened again” reveals Paul's realization believers could become bound by chains even after they'd been set free.

How can we possibly go back to slavery when Christ has set us free? But isn't that what we do when we dwell in the things we don't understand in our past? He did not set us free to live our life looking in the rear-view mirror. Living a life in self-inflicted bondage. We are to dwell in Christ’s glorious liberty, bathe in it, revel in it, and share it with others.

Some of the hardest things we ever go through, are ultimately used to bring Glory to God. The mother who has held her dying baby in her arms, that is able years later to give comfort to the young couple that have lived through 3 miscarriages. The father who never had a happy Christmas as a child, but now can serve turkey dinners to the homeless at the local soup kitchen.

Jeremiah 10:7 declares Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, There is none like You. God is Sovereign, He is in Control.

The Bible also teaches that we should empty our hearts of things in the past or the present that bother us: “Let us search out and examine our ways” (Lamentations 3:40) See that no one misses God’s loving-favour. Do not let wrong thoughts about others get started among you. (Hebrews 12:15)

God has chosen to use your past to make you the person you are today. He sees you as acceptable and worthy, and has a plan and purpose for you in His Kingdom. God grants Abiding Peace to see our past as a safe place to begin the journey with Him into His future.

We can lay aside The Ghost of Christmas Past by holding on to Jeremiah 29:11...

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

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