Release It: Damaged Goods No More Series

(Installment 2)



In the first installment of this series on emotional healing, we discovered the need to forgive all those that have harmed us. We came to the conclusion that without forgiveness the healing process is placed on pause. This is why so many people walk around in constant defeat because they have made themselves perpetual victims. When you refuse to forgive you allow the perpetrator of your past pains to assault and violate you over and over again. The way that you reclaim your life is forgiving that person and moving forward.


Well the first step in moving forward is releasing all of the hurt. This is very closely related to forgiveness. Some believe they are they same, but they are not; however, they are closely related. Forgiveness is the conscious choice to release someone of the debt of their past transgressions towards you. This simply takes the willingness to do so. On the other hand, releasing it all from the conscious and subconscious is an entirely different matter.


To say that releasing the hurts and disappointments of the past is easy would be a gross misrepresentation of the truth. First of all, the natural human proclivity to dwell on the negative will constantly pull you toward your past hurts. Then the enemy will gladly remind you of your past when you seem to be moving forward. He knows the negative impact of holding on to the past. You can never effectively move into your future, which is ultimately moving you toward your destiny, as long as you have not released the past.


God desires to do something new in your life, but he can never install the new when the old is still entrenched in your existence.


Listen to what Bishop T. D. Jakes has to say on the matter:


“Don’t stop PECKING! Instead of feeling battered, choose to have the faith that you can rebuild your life! Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) gives us a reminder that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Do not yield power over your life to others in the process of releasing the trauma of your past. “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old” (Isaiah 43:18 KJV). Tenaciously gather what power is within your reach and rebuild your life, no matter how battered you might feel by circumstances. Get ready for POSITIONING, EXPOSURE, COURAGE and KNOWLEDGE!”


Remember not the former things, do not call them to mind, they have served their purpose. When you continually hold on to the past, bad or good. You hold on to what has decayed and has no use, but to corrupt, distract, and hinder your progression. In verse 19 of the aforementioned scriptural passage, God says, “Behold (look and see, give attention to this truth), I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert (Isa. 43:19, AMP)


God desires to do something new in your life, but He can’t work amongst all of the junk that you are holding on to. He wants to restore your joy and introduce you to your destiny. He desires to reinvigorate your passion to live and enjoy His presence. If you are honest, many of you have been so overwhelmed by your past you have not been able to truly enjoy God. To take it a step further, many of you have allowed your past to convince you that you are not really worthy of God’s presence or the calling and anointing he has placed on your life.


Allow me to share a little secret with you: No one, I mean no one is worthy of God in and of themselves. Not one of the spiritual leaders that you reverence has done anything worthy of their gifts and callings. I learned a long time ago that God does not call the qualified; he qualifies those that he calls. I will take it even one step further and say that God doesn’t call the qualified, He seems to call the most odd, awkward and seemingly useless people he can find. Let’s see; there is Moses, the tied tongued murderer who fled. There is David, the young shepherd boy who became the playboy king who murdered a man to hide his adultery. There is Saul who persecuted the church with great vigor, but Christ chose Him on the Damascus Road. There was a man named Abram who was old and beyond his years of youth, but God renamed him Abraham and designated him to father and entire race. Trust me, your past can’t measure up to half the pasts of the great people of God that preceded you.


Yet, the enemy will use those around you, many times believers, to plant seeds of inadequacy and unworthiness in the soil of your mind. If you are not diligent in rebuking and uprooting these seeds, they will take root and render you ineffective.



Remember it was Paul, who said, 11 That if possible I may attain to the [[c] spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.

13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Phil. 3:11-14, AMP)

Paul understood that it was his spiritual responsibility to release the past and strive toward the future. Have you ever tried to run while looking back? Well that is what you are doing when you continue to hold on to the past. Release it so that you can run with purpose and conviction. Release it so that God can do that new thing in your life. Release it so that you can experience all that God has for you. Release it so that you can become a victor instead of a victim.

This is your day of release. Take back your power from those that have hurt you. Take back your ability to prosper and live within the will of God’s design for you. You have the spiritual DNA of Christ and you have been reborn to walk in greatness as you represent our Lord. Shake yourself loose right now. Shake yourself loose from the hurt and the bitterness. Shake yourself loose from self-pity. Shake yourself loose from past-dwelling induced mediocrity. This is your day of release. Walk into your new freedom. God is doing a new thing while you read this. Walk in the newness of life! ~ Dr. Rick Wallace