I was texting with a friend the other day and my thumbs were flying around the keyboard of my phone haphazardly. Thankfully, computer people understand the general public can't spell or doesn't attempt to spell anymore and there was a little red line underneath a word, indicating it was spelled wrong. Before I asked my phone to correct the word, I stopped my text and stared at it. The word was, "yestersay". I chuckled but then felt sadness because I realized, I have lived my life based on words and thoughts of the past. I would even go so far to say that there have been times I have been tormented by "yestersay".
I can't speak for you, but I have a feeling many men and women also play the recordings of the past during the day. It could be things your parents or sibling said to you, a teacher's comments, kids at school, or a spouse or relationship. Our minds are amazing tools but sometimes it feels like our minds are being used to indict us over and over for "crimes" for which we've already done time.
What is your "yestersay"? Here are a few of the things that ruled over my life for far too long before the Lord healed me and showed me I no longer needed to live captive:
- You're fat
- You're just not good enough.
- No one sees you, you're invisible.
- There's no way you'll be successful, why try?
- You're not smart enough to do this.
No one under 30 would probably identify with this statement, but it's as if these words are like a record that skips over and over on the turntable in our mind. If you remember record players, you'll remember it took someone walking over and moving the needle over to stop the skipping. I remember my dad walking over and lifting the needle off, dusting off the vinyl record and starting the song over and this time it could be played to the end.
The Lord is like my dad. He walks into our lives and seeks to knock that dust off our record so the skipping stops. A recent Scripture copywork plan showed me this very truth. Isaiah 43:18-19 says:
Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
While these words were spoken over the Israelites to remind them of their deliverance from Egypt by the the Lord's hand, they are true for believers in Jesus Christ. With the Lord in your heart, you too, have been delivered. Not only do you have eternal life, but you have a father in heaven who seeks to repair you. Who wants you to know you are His child and the apple of His eye. His word trumps anything someone spoke over you that hinders you from living in freedom.
He says he will make a river in the desert. Rivers mean life in the Bible. Rivers bring sustenance. Rivers are a way of traveling from one place to another. They are living waters and moving waters. God is telling us "yestersay" words are nothing but wilderness and desert. They are dead and they do not give life. Remember them no more, think and meditate on Him and His word and you will have life.