The Bible Verses For Letting Go Of Your Past

The Scripture Verses For Letting Go Of Your Past

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1.  This first verse is coming directly from Jesus Himself. Here is what He has to say about this basic principle:

But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

Notice Jesus says that “no one” who keeps looking back on his past is fit for His kingdom. The words “no one” is an all-inclusive word. It means all of us – no exceptions.

In other words, Jesus is wanting all of us to get a grip on this revelation and get it properly worked into our mindsets so we can all plow straight ahead into the calls and divine destinies that He has in store for us in this life.

2.  The second verse is coming from the apostle Paul. Paul really puts this revelation in proper perspective in relation to the big picture. Here is how he puts it:

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12)

Notice Paul starts out the second part of this verse with the words “but one thing I do.” And then from there he goes into the revelation of not looking at what is behind him, but looking and reaching forward for those things which now lie ahead of him.

The words “but one thing I do” is being put in the context of something that he is really making sure that he does on a regular and consistent basis.

This particular revelation is one that you will really have to stay on top of and not let get away from you. It’s very easy to start falling back on all of the bad things that may have occurred in your past, and then use that as an excuse to start feeling sorry for yourself, or to justify some of the irrational things you may be doing.

Just because your parents may have physically abused you does not give you the right to physically abuse your own children. Just because one of your dysfunctional parents may have been an alcoholic does not mean you have to become an alcoholic yourself.

Then notice Paul ends this verse really putting everything in proper perspective when he says that what he is wanting to press forward on is the “upward call of God.”

God the Father has a specific plan and destiny for each person who will come to Him and fully surrender their entire lives into His hands. But you will never be able to press forward and fly into this upward and high calling unless you first learn how to let go of your past.

Both of these verses perfectly and beautifully capture this basic 101 principle.

This particular principle is, without any question, a major, basic, fundamental principle that each and every Christian has to get worked into their mindset and way of thinking in this life. For many, it will be the difference as to whether or not they fully accomplish everything that God has set out for them to do in His perfect plan for their lives.


All of us have a certain amount of baggage that we carry from our past. Some of us carry lighter loads than others.

Some have learned how to let go of their past because they have found out that it will seriously damage their walk with the Lord and what He wants to do with their lives.

They have found that carrying around some of the baggage from their past and constantly dwelling on it will steal their joy and happiness in the Lord.

They have found that it will distort and warp their thinking. These kinds of people have managed to break away from their past so they can fully live and operate in the call of God for their lives.

But many other people have not managed to break free from their past. They are still mired down in the hurts and injustices of their past and cannot seem to get any victory over any of it – either in their thinking or in their emotions.

1.  For those of you who are still stuck in your past to some degree – ask God to help you out with all of this.

If you are willing to enter into a full surrender with Him, then He will start to move and help break you free from your hurtful past. Work with the Holy Spirit once He starts to show you the specific areas from your past that He will want to target.

Here are some specific areas from your past that you can expect the Holy Spirit to move in on very strongly if any of these are in your past and background.

  • Broken marriages
  • Sexual abuse of any kind
  • Physical abuse
  • Extreme verbal abuse 
  • Being a victim of any kind of crime 
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Death of a close loved one
  • Any type of financial disaster

All of these are serious torpedo shots that can knock many of us straight to the ground, especially if some of this has occurred when you were at a young age.

When dealing with people who have been seriously hurt or injured like what you see with victims of any kind of crime or sexual or physical abuse – the first thing God will ask you to do is to fully forgive the person who has wronged or injured you, no matter how bad and how vicious that wrong may have been.

We have another article in our site in the Psychological Issues page on dealing specifically with the hurts you may have suffered at the hands of someone else.

The title of this article is “How to Handle Negative Feelings When Wronged by Someone Else.”

Before God can move to supernaturally heal you from the pain, torment, and wounds that were inflicted upon you in your past – you will first have to be willing to fully forgive this person and let that person go into the hands of God for His vengeance, justice, and payback. God will be righting all of the wrongs ever done to you in this life when everything is all finally said and done.

This is why you can let the worst of your enemies go into the hands of God.

If you are willing to truly forgive this person, then God will move in – and through the power of the Holy Spirit, heal up those wounds so you can no longer feel them. God will not take away the actual memory of the event, but He can take away the actual pain, trauma, and torment associated with the event so you can then get on with the rest of your life and not have to keep thinking about it all of the time.

For those of you who have been severely affected over the death of a close loved one – we have another article in our site titled, “A Powerful Word for Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones,” in the Psychological Issues section.

In this article, a young couple who were faithfully serving God lost their daughter at a very young age. As a result of her early death, neither one of them could get over it, and it then started to hinder their walk with God and what He was wanting to do with their lives.

They finally received a very liberating word from the Holy Spirit that finally set them free so they could start living again in their present.

For those of you who have been severely hurt and wounded in a marriage as a result of infidelity or abuse in the marriage – realize that God can fully heal your mind, your emotions, and your heart on the inside so you can start to fully function once again in the real world and get on with what He has in store for you in your future.

Many marriages have ended up in divorce as a result of a person choosing to marry who they thought was best suited for them instead of asking God for His direct opinion on the matter.

Next time, make sure you let God lead you to the mate of His choice – not your choice! You have no idea how some people can change for the worse in your future – but God can – and that is why you have to rely on His knowledge and wisdom as to who you should be marrying in this life.

For those who have been brought up in very dysfunctional families – realize that God, His Word, and His truth can set you free from some of the warped and distorted thinking that may have occurred in your dysfunctional family. God can show you the errors of their thinking and the errors of their ways so that it does not contaminate you with what He wants to do with your life.

The Bible says the truth will set you free. God will make sure to get the appropriate truths revealed to you so you can fully understand some of the dysfunctional behavior that was occurring in your family, and help separate truth from error so you do not fall victim to the same type of distorted and warped thinking in your own adult life.

2.  When God wants us to learn how to let the past fully go, I believe He is targeting more of the bad things in our past – especially the things that will really play with our minds and emotions where our hearts can start to harden up, and our thinking can start to become distorted, warped, and unhealthy.

We all have many good things from our past. We all have a certain amount of treasured memories that we will never forget.

God wants us to keep all of these good memories fully intact. There is no harm in going back down memory lane from time to time with many of the good things that may have occurred in our past.

Our past is a part of who we are and who we have become in the Lord. Even some of the bad things in our past have been used by God to shape, mold, and transform us into the kind of person He wants us to become in Him.

What I believe Jesus and Paul are trying to tell us in the above two verses is that we cannot allow some of the bad things that may have happened in our past affect our thinking and our ability to want to live with full intensity for the Lord.

You only get one chance in the eternal scheme of things to leave your mark in this world to some degree for the Lord. God has a specific plan and purpose for your life.

He has a list of divine assignments that He wants you to complete for Him before you go home to be with Him for all of eternity.

Do not let a few bad apples and a few bad events – no matter how bad they may have been – stop and prevent you from becoming everything that God is calling you to become in Him.

Jesus says in the Book of Revelation that those who are overcomers in this life will be the ones to rule the nations of the world with Him.

You can overcome any of the bad people and any of the bad events from your past with the divine help of the Holy Spirit. God’s supernatural help can pull you out of any of the bad and negative emotions that may be preventing you from entering into His perfect plan for your life.

But like Peter and his story of getting out of the boat to supernaturally walk on water – you will have to be willing to step out of the boat, grab a hold of God’s hand, and work with the Holy Spirit to help get you cleaned up so you can fully and finally let your past go.

Once you are able to let your past fully go – then you will be ready to fly as a true eagle of God into the divine plan that He has set up for you and your life.

The choice is yours. You can either choose to let the hurts, wounds, and pains from your past continue to strangle and paralyze you – or you can choose to say enough is enough and give God a chance and a green light to free you from some of the bad things that may have occurred in your past.

His power and His help is right there for you if you are willing to take His hand and allow Him to bring you up out of it!

Question – Has This Been a Struggle For You? Go ahead and leave your comments.

16 Responses to “The Bible Verses For Letting Go Of Your Past”

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  1. Rosie - October 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I needed this topic to help me understand what I need to do to get rid of some bad habits I keep struggling with. I want the Holy Spirit to change me from the inside out into the kind of person God wants me to become. Thank you Jesus.

  2. Sheryl - December 28, 2013 at 6:40 am

    I just had a run in with my past and found trouble sleeping. Now I know the only way to heal is for God to show me where I was and how he wasn’t there. Praise GOD! Now I need to dig into some scripture.

  3. Betka - January 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    This was a amazing article I prayed this morning that I was ready and willing to hear God and as I was reading this I smiled because getting schooled by My creator stings with excitement if that makes sense. I am curious domyou feel this all applies if I am the wrongdoer too? Not only do I struggle with my dysfunctionional family issues but I am haunted by my own bad behavior and sins. I want to be set free from both and I spend a lot of time in bondage revisiting my wrongs even more than the nasty things done to me. I would like to fly free from my past. I do believe I can not see what God wants me to do until I am free totally. Thank you for this writing and the hope it envokes in me.

  4. Anonymous - October 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

    This article sums up what God told me today and about a week ago. I had a huge crazy experience relating to this article. I have had a hard time letting go of my past, I’m not going to get into what happened here…but it was unbelievably tragic and scary for me. I’ve been battling with depression for years and now I realized that me not letting go of the past is a huge contributor.
    God spoke to me, and He said: “Be strong, follow me, keep moving forward, but NEVER look back.”
    He gave me a warning about if I give into the negative feelings and thoughts of the past, I’m opening myself up for more intense self destruction. So I decided from now on, when I am in one of those moments where I’m about to dwell in the past and cause a scene, I will tell myself “Remember God’s warning .Remember how you do not want to feel this way. He doesn’t want you to either.”
    Every time I failed to follow through with this, the self destruction was more intensely painful. God knows how it feels for me and He sent me this warning so I don’t have to go there again.
    thank you for this post!

  5. Teresa - December 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I want to thank you for this article. I found myself into tears this morning after reading this article. This is just the article that was so needed in my life these days. I have been having a lot of problems of letting go of my past and now, I can see that I am in need of doing just that in order for me to get on with my own life and to allow my sons to get on with their own. I noticed that there are a few other links on here that I will be looking at and reading. Again, thank you very much for this article this morning. Do me a favor and keep my family up in your prayers. Greatly appreciate it.

  6. Simon - March 19, 2015 at 3:34 am

    God caused Joseph to forget his past. Gen 41:51. This applies to us as sons of God today. God has the power to cause you to forget your past so you can enjoy the amazing future he has for you.

  7. Paulette - May 31, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I have been struggling to let go of things I have been forgiven for. The shame and the guilt causes me to be so afraid of moving forward. I find myself hiding and trying to avoid the problem but a day ago God was telling me to let it go. Since the issue was a repetitive I fear I will keep repeating it and not get free. This is a mindset I need to change.

  8. Majestyk - September 13, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Giving God all the glory. Always, Iam like many of you thankful. To read something so uplifting about such bad situations. to know that there is light for me, and my life for God. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, not knowing how to ever have a healthy relationship, and the first relationship I got in was the very worse, obsessive nature, being cheated on, lost all site of my goals and lost myself in the relationship and in him. It’s been 2 years and it’s still hard for me to even think about being with someone because of the damage my dad, step dad and my first “love” put me through. Iam ready to clear the wall and forgive, and I really hope one day God brings me the right man and I can love…. Truly love

  9. Tasha - March 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve been delivered from most of the habits and mind set that I had before I got saved with the Holy Spirits power, however I’m having a hard time seperating myself from the father of my daughter who’s two years old. We dont live together nor are we sexual, however I still experience very intense feelings and emotions over the fact that he rejects me and shows me no regard. I’m aware of soul ties and their impact. Ive said soul tie prayers because we were in fornication when my daughter was conceived. I haven’t moved on, maybe this is why I still yearn for his presence and attention. He didn’t treat me well so I’m not sure why I would even want to be bothered with such a person. I’ve done things to work on my self esteem and it has gotten much better with the power of the Holy Spirit. I feel some of the attachment is due to lust, but the Holy Spirit has also helped with this. I’m currently abstinent. I’m just wondering why I still care about this person. I’ve always had an issue with getting involved with the wrong men, which is what I continuously seen as a child, I didn’t have a father so had a hard time knowing what was expected from a man. Now that I know the Lord I know better, however knowing and doing is two different things. Help me

    • Carla - November 30, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Blessings. Your story resonates with my current experience and I am wondering if you recived the help you are looking for, and if so could you share your blessing on how to let go, overcome? Greatly appreciate it.

  10. pat - June 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    its Philippians 3:13-14 not 3:12 that states “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.

  11. Nekiya Brown - July 2, 2016 at 4:18 am

    This was truly outstanding and exactly what I needed to hear. As a victim of everything on the above list except death of a close loved one. It has been extremely difficult to let it all go. The Lord has taken me back through my past exactly how you said and literally and amazingly started to work in each circumstance one by one. I was definitely stuck and carrying around A LOT of baggage but God is awesome, magnificent, glorious, and perfect in all of His ways and turning everything around and I have no intentions on looking back. I now know that I am an eagle and I’m ready to fly. Thank you and God bless you.

  12. Shay - October 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I really needed to hear this. I am willing to let go so God can move in and work on me for the purpose God has for me

  13. God Islove - April 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    You are a ball of CRAZY. GOD does not expect you to be so strong that you MUST NOT LOOK BACK. OR MUST ALWAYS FORGIVE.

    Sometimes you are to lay it down and say I can’t but I know you know my limitations. You do your will with it.

    You are a danger to society, damnation, and fiery fear of hell type of preaching.

    GOD IS PERFECT LOVE. For all those who have reas this and walked away. Just know God does not make junk and does not expect you to be perfect.

  14. LM - April 25, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I am living this as I read. I am just dealing with past hurts from 15-30 years ago. Things I have buried and left in the past…or so I thought. One mention of them brought them front and center. Staring me in the face daring me to fight. Of course I’m fighting but not without tons of internal stress. I have been shut down to living fully for a long time and blamed it on everything except my miry depths. God is still working and I am still impatient for this work to be done but I am waiting. God knows me and He will work fast enough.

  15. Kevin hildum - June 24, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Wow what a relief I can just move forward I don’t have to have the pain anymore just before reading this article I was saying to myself I don’t want to let go the pain I want to feel the pain after reading this article wow I let it go I am ready to move forward I’m so excited to see what God has laid out for me yippee

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