Water Under the Bridge
Life is a long, winding road of experiences, some bad, some good and some just so-so. Satan uses every way he can find to destroy the believers in Christ. He is not omnipotent or omnipresent like God is, so he isn’t everywhere at the same time, but remember that he took 1/3 of the angels with him when he was thrown out of heaven. That’s how he is able to attack so many people. Not only does that 1/3 go around spying on Jesus children but also facilitates some of the actions taken against them on behalf of the King of Liars.
So when you are going through something, Jesus did say there would be trials and tribulations, Satan knows just how to attack you. He may heap more problems on you that it seems you can’t solve any of them because they are coming so quickly. He may use events that happened to you in your past. He will put something in your path that will remind you of terrible times you went through. He will bring to mind the people who may have hurt you or deserted you in a time of need.
You may suddenly have a dream about a person who insulted you, berated you, lied about you, gossiped about you, tortured you physically or mentally or both. The hurt and the hatred find their way to the front of your mind and you wake up feeling like your dreams beat you up. You may keep that dream in your head for days, letting it fill you with pain, hatred, sadness and thoughts of revenge.
He will take the mistakes that you made and throw them in your face, just out of nowhere. Suddenly all the guilt over the things you did wrong overwhelms you and you start to regret everything you did, every mistake you made, even though you know Jesus has forgiven you. He will fill you with sadness, guilt and regret. He will use your sorrow over the loss of loved ones to make you feel like you didn’t do enough for them.
I’ve been through this several times in my life. I suffer from PTSD and Chronic Depression over one level of my life that lasted almost twenty years. I have dreams that frighten me, even though my abuser is nowhere near me and is not a person I include in my present life. I will feel trapped in the dream, like I can’t get away, there is no escape.
But over the years, with the help of the lord I have been able to wake myself from these dreams. Thankfully now, as I push those memories from my mind, the dreams are farther apart. And when he attacks me with my failures and mistakes, I remind myself that all of that was washed away the day that I went to Jesus, asked forgiveness of my sins and started living with him in my heart.
After all, it is all water under the bridge. It has flowed away with time and we can do nothing about the past except allow the current to carry it away. I Pray today that many of you will find peace about the past as you realize it is only “Water under the Bridge.”
Philippians 3:13-14 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 43: 18-19 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
1 John: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.