It’s difficult to precisely ascertain whether Satan is placing thoughts into your head, or whether you are seeing things through a past perspective. Our past experiences can often influence and shape our future decisions- for both good and bad. Past bad experiences, in proper context, should be things that we learn and grow from. When we make a mistake, we should acknowledge that we made one, and then analyze it so that we may glean wisdom from the experience.
What Should We Glean From Past Experiences?
When we err, we should ask ourselves what went wrong, what we could have done differently, and what did we learn from the experience. It’s how we grow and mature. However, we live in a society that does not prize responsibility. Instead it is more common to see people blame others then own up to their own mess. It isn’t me that failed- it’s society- that’s the rationale.
Yet the rationale is indeed correct- it is society that has failed us. Society didn’t enforce in many of us how to take responsibility for our actions. We are quick to turn to passing on the blame, deflecting, or shouting discrimination. We resort to anything- whether true or false- that deflects the blame off of ourselves. How can we grow? How can we mature? And if no one accepts responsibility, then how to we know who the real culprit is? If we can’t identify what the real issue is, then how can we find out the truth?
Those who are doomed to repeat past failures, in short, are those who choose not to learn from them. These are the ones whose perspectives are tainted. When we see things/people through what we have experienced in the past, it can hold us in a bondage and prevent us from a wonderful future.
For example, those with trust issues tend not to be open in relationships out of fear of being either used, mistreated, or hurt. They are closed off, some control/manipulate, and tend to keep relationships on a superficial level. They don’t want to display vulnerability, openness, or complete honesty out of fear of being rejected.
The plus is that they aren’t hurt, but the minus is that their past experience is holding them in bondage, and preventing them from enjoying others. It also prevents others from speaking into their lives.
Diana Ashworth compares deception of the enemy (Satan telling outright lies) to past experiences and our own paranoia. She shows how our experiences can taint our perceptions. She illustrates how to break free from those bondages, heal, and become whole again.
This feature article will move readers into a different perspective, renew their thought patterns, and diminish destructive behaviours.
This feature and more in our upcoming issue releasing on December 27, 2018!