Forget Your Former Troubles

So that he who blesses himself in the earth Shall bless himself in the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Shall swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My eyes.
— Isaiah 65:16 NKJV

The natural man cannot understand spiritual truths, which are given by the Holy Spirit, because his reason and understanding are driven by a temporal mindset that recognizes only material realities and provides only temporary or momentary solutions. Within the context of the mind, he understands things based on his own rationality. Having denied and walked away from the Father, he has tried to sustain himself by depending on his own rational mind instead. Applying his own thoughts to the mysteries and questions of life apart from the Father continues to mislead him because the truth of the matter is that man cannot live without his Father. His solutions necessarily are connected to the one who fashioned and made him.

The way of life for anyone who lives outside of the Father is misleading. Deception and sin has separated people from the Father, but not the Father from them. It drives them out of the Father’s presence, but the Father’s presence is still around them. Nevertheless, they become blind and deaf to his heart. This decline soon becomes readily visible. Everything that people try in an effort to rectify things outside of the Father fails. They must come to the deep realization that the only way out is by returning to the Father. His love continues to yearn for us, and He longs to correct what has gone wrong within our hearts. This correction is a revelation of the Father. As soon as we understand this, our heart flows with abundant humility, knowing how much we need Him and how little we can do without Him.

Troubles represent conflict, trials, tribulations, affliction, adversity, distress, and anguish. These are the things that all people face but it becomes more magnified to those who are away from the Father. Even those who walk with the Father are not exempt from facing these kinds of things in their lives. The difference is that when we walk with the Father, we can pass safely through any fire, storm, or trouble because His presence sustains us. For those who don’t walk with Him, the journey is tedious, hard, and full of uncertainty. When we receive a revelation of the Father and return to a proper relationship with Him, we quickly discover that He forgets; He becomes oblivious to the past. All the deep-rooted offenses we have committed against Him; all the fences we erected against Him; all these things the Father hides from His own eyes. The Father removes our sins from His memory and looks at us as though we are completely new — because we are!