The Tema Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu, has advised believers and non-believers alike to release the grip of their pasts in order to embrace the abundant life offered by Christ.
He gave this advice during the morning session of the Tema-Ashaiman for Christ gospel crusade today.
Speaking on the topic “Dealing with the Past,” Apostle Ankra-Badu emphasised that to receive the all-sufficient life Christ offers, individuals must liberate themselves from every past experience inconsistent with the new blessings God’s kind of life brings.
Reading from Isaiah 53:19, the Tema Area Head highlighted that dwelling on the past is the only hindrance to enjoying the blessings of the present.
He pointed out that many individuals remain stagnant not because God is unwilling to bless them, but because they lack the new mindset required to receive the fresh things God wants to do, hindered by their past.
“Beware of the devil’s victimization. You’re the Lord’s beloved child, not condemned, so don’t live in past regrets. Release your past and live in grace. It’s time to allow the Word of God to be translated in our lives,” he urged.
He cautioned against being embittered by past offenses, encouraging Christians to let go and allow the new things of God to become their reality.
Apostle Ankra-Badu drew parallels from biblical narratives, citing the prodigal son who, upon realising his mistakes, sought forgiveness from his father and obtained his favour again.
“You need to let go of the past to step into new blessings,” he said.
To be able to effectively let go of the past, he urged Christians to develop a right spirit, believe in the new life, watch their words, have a joyful heart and establish right priorities.