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.”