Breaking Free From Your Past (pdf)
Pain is inevitable. Some pain, however, is so deep that it changes who we are even from a young age. Deep wounds can change the way we see the world around us, the way we interact with others, and the way we feel about ourselves. The effect of deep wounds can be seen in through patterns of behavior. Patterns of perfectionism, insecurity, rage, promiscuity, addictions, and more all point to deep pain in the past. The old saying that sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me is absolutely false. Words pierce the spirit and cripple the emotions. Sticks and stones do still hurt. The pain of physical beatings, sexual molestation, and rape does not just go away one day. Our mistakes, the way we have hurt others and how they have hurt us change the way our mind perceives and responds to almost everything. The wounds from the past can control and stifle our future. The Good News is that we have been given power from the Lord to break free. Like a prisoner designing a plan of escape, the Lord has mapped out our freedom through the Biblical principles laid out in Breaking Free From Your Past.