forgetting and fruitfulness
Isaiah 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
God said He would do a new thing in our life in Isaiah 43:18, 19. I believe we can be unprepared for new things because we’re stuck in a moment behind us and one bad moment of our past continues to haunt every moment of our present. A moment of our history robs us of all the moments of our future dreams. We need to learn from our past, of course, confess our mistakes to God and others who may have been damaged by our mistake but we don’t have to camp there. At some point we need to stop talking to everyone about our mistake, focus away from our past and focus on our present and our tomorrows. Too many times we put ammunition in the hands of the enemy and avenger of our soul but our failure once repented of and confessed is none of the devil’s business.
We need to use the weapon of forgetting and the good news is that nobody can stop us from using it. In the story of Joseph from the Bible, his brothers hated him, despised him, and did wrong to him but it didn’t stop him from using the weapon of forgetting. I believe when we forget (and of course forgive) it unlocks the door to fruitfulness. I believe the sequence of their birth order and the naming of Joseph’s sons speaks to this prophetically. Joseph named two of his sons through his ordeal Manasseh (his firstborn son) and Ephraim. Manasseh (the elder of the two sons of Joseph) means to forget or God hath made me to forget and Ephraim means to be fruitful, blessed or bountiful. He had and named Manasseh first before he named Ephraim, forgetting then fruitful. He had to forget and then God began to bless and make him fruitful. He did not say if God will bless me and make me fruitful then I will be able to forget. He realized, no, my forgetting unlocks the door to my fruitfulness.
The power to forget comes from the provision of the blood of Jesus that we overcome by. Hebrews 10:3, 17 says that in those OT blood sacrifices there is a remembering again but His blood is different and our sins and iniquities will be remembered no more. With animal blood there is remembering but with Jesus’ blood there is remembering no more. There is ongoing power from the blood to remember no more. “And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony… Revelation 12:11.”

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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