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Sinful Memories Of The Past

I did an article on my blog concerning sinful memories from my past. Any suggestions on how to get rid of them? Nothing I do works!

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I believe when satan accuses us of our sins we need to remind him what Jesus Christ did on the cross of Calvary. our righteousness is base on christ and not what we do. we need to claim Christ's forgiveness and his blood that was shed for us.
---shelah on 8/15/12

"Sin" is a...violation of the law of MOSES. The law of Moses has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15 "by abolishing in His flesh the law").

Moses had many rules/"ordinances" that must be obeyed along with the 10 commandment law, that is why God made sure to specify in that verse "law of commandments AND ordinances".

We should not look back at old memories.

2 Corinthians 7:10 "and brings no regret".

Now, the word "sin" is only used loosely and secularly to refer to "wrongdoing" but has no more spiritual meaning (Hebrews 10:2 "no longer have any consciousness of sin").

.We are not Jews, we are baptized into JESUS (1 Corinthians 10:2).
---more_excellent_way on 8/8/12

I think, it is our consciences. We have lived in sin for that long, and our flesh, is so used to living that way. When memories of sin come, I remind myself I have already confessed my sins, and that I do not, live that way no more. I think it just takes patience and practice. Remember, how long your used to living that way...
---Daniel_Bee on 8/7/12

Ask for the Holy Spirit and keep asking until He answers. He can get rid of that problem.
---Betty on 5/11/09

Lisa: It is not totally necessary for anyone to "go to confession" as you call it. Scripture is plain in 1 John, when it says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness."

However, it is also edifying to confess to a brother or sister in the Lord, NOT necessarily a priest. In James, scripture says "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

It is not important to whom one confesses. What is important is the act of confessing and repenting.
---Trish9863 on 2/18/09

Have you tried going to confession? Maybe confessing the sin will help. You may not forget immediately, but may fade after awhile. Maybe it's just your conscious telling you you need to let go, or forgive the past. I find the best way to do that is to go to confession :)

God Bless,
---Lisa5554 on 2/18/09

Bob, you're in good company. Me, you, apostle Paul and if everyone was to be honest, guilty feelings for doing stupid things in the past are common. Paul, who penned the "Grace" writings, brought the same guilty feelings for past deeds before God thrice. Thrice, God responded the same way. "My grace is more than enough for you." I suggest you make a habit of communion. It serves as a tangible reminder of grace we received through Jesus. You can visit a priest or pastor or do this at home. (That's controversial) God isn't as concerned over our controversies as He is about releasing you from the thorns and thistle of guilt and condemnation. Jesus bore "your" thorns in His head. Now you don't have to. Grace to you Bob!
---Legends on 2/14/09

Mike: Yes, you are definitely right, there is a ton of condemnation from a lot of the people on this website...they are a horrible testimony to new and unbelievers. Donna was quoting God's Holy Word, which says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

I feel sorry for the people who have face to face contact with the bitter people who condemn on this site. I praise the Lord I attend a church of love and grace...God's Holy Spirit does the convicting.
---Trish9863 on 2/9/09

to donna

really? no condemnation? then why is it that the first word that comes out of a pastors mouth is SIN. when something bad happens, it is associated & pointed to sin. NO condemnation? and look at the people in this website. all you hear is nothing but judgement & condemnation by fellow christian against fellow christians.
---mike on 2/9/09

Let the word of God wash your sinful memories away. Find scriptures that apply to your situation - I will give you some.

There is therefore now NO condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I that liveth, but Christ that liveth in me and life that I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God.

Did you confess your sins? First John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Receive God's forgiveness when you confess your sins and tell him you want to repent from them.
---donna8365 on 2/9/09

Meditate on Father's word. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified". Keep His word and His atoning sacrifice for you in mind. For "This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sin". If you can not forget them, use the sinful memories of your past, to aid you in avoiding those sins in the future.
Refs. Isa. 1:18>43:25,26>Mat. 26:28
---josef on 2/6/09

Any suggestions on how to get rid of them?

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
---TheSg on 2/4/09

"Use them Bob, tell people how Jesus sees them, and that even though you committed the sins in them that Christ loves you anyway.
---Pharisee on 2/3/09"

Excellant ans. for you Bob! Thanks Pharisee!

Bob, when satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future!

Early in my Christian walk I found myself asking for forgiveness for the same sin over and over.
In a non-audible voice, God asked 'what was I talking about'?
I realized that once HE had forgiven me, HE also forgot my sin!
I will sometimes think of some long ago sin and shudder, but I stop and give thanks to God for His forgiveness and thank Him for the lessons I've learned.
---NV_Barbara on 2/4/09

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2Cr 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,

Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD.

here are some acriptures to memorise!

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
---Carla5754 on 2/4/09

Getting rid of sinful memories can only be done with God's help. Confess and Repent (turn from) all sins - sins of thoughts, words, and deeds, against God, yourself, and every person in the world, from before you were born through eternaty, sins that are deep down and hidden or secret, sins done by your family (ancestors) from Adam and Eve through eternaty. Then ask God to cut these sins out of you by the root and seed, and cover them in Christ's blood. Then ask God to cut all bitterness and unforgiveness toward God, yourself, and every person in the world out of you by the root and seed. Also, maybe excorcism (getting demons cast out and curses broken) would help.
---Leslie on 2/4/09

Reads like the Lord has forgiven you BUT you haven't forgiven yourself. When you focus on your past, you miss the present and the future. Here's what you need to do - and it will take self discipline, focus your mind on Christ and what He would have you do. Act on the present in a way that will please Him and plan for the future based on His leading. You do this by reading your Bible, (you should read Eph. 6:12ff daily, praying daily and even seeking the advice of Christian friends. This way you can't focus on the past sins. (The mind can only focus on one thing at a time - even if you are multi-tasking.)
---wivv on 2/4/09

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Hi, again, Bob . . . I now note how you said "Nothing I do works!" And I think, that's right, nothing YOU do will work. Only what God does can work. So, I need to be submissive to God, in prayer for me, and for you. And only God can make me submissive how He really wants. So, when I start the day, I be quiet in order for God to make me submissive to Him the way He wants me in His peace, and be attentive and sensitive for whatever He has me doing. Be more personal with God. Bad memories and other bad thoughts can get to us while we are busy doing what we rush and push ourselves to do, without being submissive to God.
---Bill_bila5659 on 2/4/09

Pray and ask Jesus to cleanse your mind and memories and thoughts and give you right thinking. And know whom you are Now, Today, in Christ. "So that if anyone in Christ, a new Creation: the old things passed away, here, all things have become new." II Corinthians 5:17. Saint Paul was notorious for persecuting the Christians and the church of God before he himself became Christian. He says, "but one thing, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward onto those things which are in front, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14.
---Eloy on 2/4/09

Bill, thanks for your helpful insight. I to believe what you said. A prominent pastor once said in one of his Sunday sermons that we have a sub-conscious memory which we cannot control, that key words, pictures, etc.. trigger certain memories to spring up. I agree with you. These memories do serve up reminders of who we are and just how great and powerful God's plan of salvation is for those who believe. What can wash away our sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
---Bob on 2/4/09

the reason why you cannot forget the sins of the past is bec. the good news you hear is full of sin & everything you do is pointed & associated to sin. pastors (who are the messenger of god) have a religious mentality. when you ask an issue, they don't have any answers, they will associate it to sin. another equation they use is obedience = blessing & disobedience = curse. they will say that the reason why a person is suffering is bec. of sin. your reaction will be of guilt, shame, blame & fear.
---mike on 2/3/09

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As silly as this may seem to some, even though I am saved by the Blood of Jesus, I still ask God to forgive me of my sins. When Satan is the reminder of past sins I sometimes will ask God to forgive me of that sin. Other times I exercise my mind by pushing them right out. God will also, bring past sins to one's mind. In order to know if it's God or Satan, you must really get to know God, well. It does not hurt to have had dealings with Satan your whole life either, in this regard, to understand if it's the living devil or the living God. These two upper suggestions really will work, however, not for lazy Christians, my friend.
---catherine on 2/3/09

When satan reminds you of your past, remind him that is not you, that was the Old man, the New man is not into that. Remind him that your God forgives and fotgets. And start singing to the lord and worship Him.
---a_friend on 2/3/09

tom2, I know God has forgiven me and I have been cleansed of all unrighteousness. Every time a sinful memory comes to mind, I thank God for His grace and tell Him I'm sorry. But those of us who were really good at sinning (wretched man) may have more difficulty with this problem. You still feel ashamed even though you know Christ made you worthy. Col 3:25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. Maybe this scripture explains it.
---Bob on 2/3/09

Through reading the Bible, and prayer and meditation, my mind has been able to fill more with God, and less with memories. Keep obeying God, and meditating on Him and His Word, and you will find that over time, your memories of the past will lessen.
---Trish9863 on 2/3/09

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If they are memories, but you don't do them, this is good. We can be encouraged that we don't do them, anymore. Now, if a memory comes back with guilt > you aren't doing it, so that guilt belongs to the devil. So, don't let him mess you up with *his* guilt. If I fail in this, I can trust God to clear me and clean me of that stuff. And keep on trusting Him to do this. We need to change in our character more so we aren't available to how Satan would mess with us. But our past failures and the nagging memories being still able to get the better of us shows me I still am not perfect and I need to be more real in God's love which won't give in to that stuff. And knowing how I fail, I can feel for and have compassion for others > Hebrews 5:2.
---Bill_bila5659 on 2/3/09

Use them Bob, tell people how Jesus sees them, and that even though you committed the sins in them that Christ loves you anyway.

His glory can transform the thing you can't forget. Write a book, become a motivational speaker, do something with it if it's torturing you, FIGHT BACK FOR CHRIST!
---Pharisee on 2/3/09

bpb, if you are saved,and have asked God for forgivness, then they are forgiven,you may not forget them,God does.any condemnation comes either from your own mind,or from satan,not from God.the biggest and best thing is too realize God does not lie,when he forgives,you can believe it brother you are forgiven.
---tom2 on 2/3/09

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