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Letting Go of the Past to Embrace God’s New Wonders
Thursday, June 27, 2024 by Lyvita Brooks

Navigating life's trials often feels like a solitary journey, but it's during these times that we're called to lean into our faith and trust the path God has laid out for us. My own journey through divorce and the ensuing search for purpose has been a testament to this delicate balance. I open up about the struggles of discerning divine messages from my desires, and the importance of intentional quiet time with God to silence the negative self-talk that can easily spiral out of control. Inspired by the teachings of Isaiah 43:18-19, we examine the courage it takes to leave the past behind and step boldly into the future God’s planned for us.




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Saints God it trying to tell us something but do we have the ears to hear? Or are our desires so much greater than taking the time to hear from Him? Then if we do take the time, why don’t we trust His process?

It’s a lot to take in. And yet, if our heart’s desire is to follow Christ Jesus and complete the mission we were sent to do, then there are some changes we have to make because Jesus is coming back

Let’s get to the intro because I’ve got some stuff to share …



Welcome to Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast. The podcast that equips and encourages you to spend time with God in order to declutter your self-talk, intentionally. So you can go and do what God’s called you to do.

Hey, thanks for listening and welcome, I’m Lyvita, author, Bible Teacher, and speaker. On a mission with the purpose to help the saints break free from the things that distract us from doing what God’s designed us to do.  And one of those things is complaining because you aren’t trusting God’s process.

This is Episode 103. I pray this episode awakens your senses to the truth of who you are and who you belong to so you can let go of the lies and embrace doing what you are called to do. Let’s get started …



Letting Go of the Past

1:58 - Saints, its April 18, 2024 the day I am recording this because I am still dealing with the aftermath of my divorce. It’s a trying time. Here I’m thinking that the divorce would be the end, only to find out that it’s still scraping away at my future. It’s time for me to rest from 23 years of a toxic relationship and one year of separation. It’s not over, yet.

2:33 - Saints, we never know what lies ahead but thing one thing I am learning is that Paul is right, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,” is a thing. Read Philippians 3: 12 – 20 when you get a chance. You’ll see what I mean. This is the season that I am in: Learning that the past is the past, leave it there, and move forward.

3:06 - Yesterday, was a bad day and it was all because of a letter I received that was a good thing. The letter isn’t even the point. It’s that I was already in a state of feeling defeated because I couldn’t get settled in my quiet time. Too much noise. Too much responsibility. Too little money. Too many memories from the past trying to tell me how I destroyed myself. Too many thoughts running around saying I’ll never get out of this state of mine. Too many familiar things looking at me saying you live in a room and will never see the dreams God’s placed on my heart because I am not good enough. Too many lies swirling around in my head sending me down the cease pool, I’m straining to distance myself from all because my morning routine was interrupted with the memory of receiving a letter.

4:12 - Saints have you had bad days? Have you gone done that negative cease pool that you’ve been trying to stay away from? Have you, like I did yesterday spoke words that made you fell less than and caused you to complaint? Then you know how easily they can arise.


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5:02 – My scripture for the year is Isaiah 43:19, but today the Lord broadened my understanding of that scripture by leading me to read verse 18 as well. I’m going to share it from the Message Bible’s version.

It begins, Isaiah 43: 18, “Forget about what happened;

5:27 - Let me stop here. This is God talking to the Israelites who just crossed the Red Sea after leaving their toxic life in Egypt. Saints, why do we like to return to places that were toxic as if the good times outweigh the bad when we know in the back of our heads, if we return they are going to treat us the same, even though our hope is high as high? Why? That’s why when I read this. It was clear to me that I need to forget what happened. It’s done. And so I kept reading. Here’s the rest of verse 18.

“don’t keep going over old history.”

6:10 - Let me stop here. You see I need to read it all together because separate doesn’t have the impact as reading it together. Just being told to stop and not told the specifics, well that’s just not complete understanding.

Here is all of verse 18 together: “Forget about what happened; don’t keep going over old history.”

Whoa, Saints that was the key. You see I was rehashing about the past, reliving it with corrections made by my mind that said coulda, woulda, shoulda statements, trying to make a bad situation good in my head to hide the mess, the truth of what I endured, awfulzing to make looking backwards, good. That’s when I caught myself. The past was not glamour. The past is the past and I need to stop going over it. It’s done. Now, verse 19 of Isaiah 43 tells me what I am to do and what God is doing.

7:53 - Here’s verse 19 it begins with telling me what to do, “Be alert, be present.”

Let’s look at that. Just as God was telling the Israelites He is saying the same thing to me and you. Saints, we are to pay attention and live in the present.

8:18 - Here’s the rest of verse 19 where it tells us what God is doing, “I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”

Saints, did you get that? God is already working on our behalf. Here the Israelites, like me, are going around depressed over where we are and what we left, complaining, sabotaging our own future because we don’t like our present conditions, thinking they are worst then where we came from, when in essence the God we serve is working everything for our good.

9:07 - He led the Israelites out of a toxic relationship. He led me out of a toxic relationship. He is leading you out of relationships, businesses, careers, that are toxic, unhealthy, draining so that He can do a new thing in and with you. Let’s read verses 18 and 19 together, to get a full view of what God’s saying.

“Forget about what happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”

10:02 - These two verses tell it all. Stop trying to relive and revise the past because God wants to do something brand-new in and through you. Look! Pay attention. Live in the present because the past is done. The past is over. It’s the present that you live in now. Be alert! Pay Attention! Be in the present to be a part of this brand-new thing so you will see it coming.



Embrace The Future

God’s saying it’s bursting out. Look! Look! He’s making a way for us, ya’ll. The road is being paved as we speak. We will walk through the wilderness and receive water in the desert.

10:55 - Then God lead me to Habakkuk 2: 1 and 2, which lead His point home and I pray it does for you also.

You see instead of having negative self-talk that causes us to doubt and complaint and sabatogue our future, God wants us to do this instead:

11:17 - This is what Habakkuk did when he was looking for an answer from the LORD because he had a complaint about “Why is God standing back idle while evil is on a rampage and the righteous have no justice.” Saints, have you ever asked, “Why God are you silent? Why aren’t you doing something about what is happening in my life or someone else’s life? Where are you?” Have you ever been there? It’s a feeling of helplessness. I can relate to what Habakkuk is saying to the LORD. 

11:59 - Habakkuk 2:1 is what Habakkuk did in order to receive God’s answer which is also what God is referring to in Isaiah 43:19. “I will take my stand at my watch post and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what He will say to me and what I will answer concerning my complaint.”

12:23 - That’s it. Saints, we are to stand, look, listen and expect. We are to pay attention, be alert, looking with expectancy a response from the LORD about our complaint, our problems, our situation that seems overwhelming. This also means that taking a stand is stopping. Stop complaining. Stop talking negatively when you don’t have the answer yet, and saying, “I guess God will answer.” Is negative.

Station yourself means simply to get somewhere where you can see what God’s answer will be without being interrupted. For me that is going to the park, sitting at my favorite restaurant writing in my journal, or driving while listening to WGTS and singing. The point is I’m at a place where I can listen by looking expectantly for the LORD’s answer to my prayer.

13:36 - Saints, while I was driving down the road, crying up a storm with tissues as my window shield wipers, headed to the park. I heard God say as clear and calmly as I am talking to you now, “I’m here.”

And I said, “Lord, I don’t feel you or see you in this situation. That’s when I heard, “Trust me.”

And I said, “It’s too hard. You’re words aren’t comforting my soul right now. I Know you..” And it was like me, myself and I said, “God’s got you.





14:36 - Saints, I’ve got to leave you with that, God’s got you. You only have to trust His process. You only have to go to your secret place where you can listen by looking expectantly for the LORD to answer your prayer. Then you can write it plain on a tablet and run with it. Even though what you are expecting is an answer from the LORD, the answer will come, it might seem slow, but wait for it, it will come and it want be delayed. God answers prayers. You simply have to be willing to wait on the answer.



Let’s Pray…

15:23 - LORD God, we cry out to You for help in our situations, in the secret thoughts we hold that are clogging up our minds of self-doubt. We cry out to You because life is draining and we are tried of fighting the same battles over and over again. Where is our way out? When is our release from this desolate place? We are Your children. Created by You. Formed by You. Our Savior, Our LORD, Our God. Help, LORD! We go to our secret place where we can listen by looking expectantly for Your answer to our complaints. Meet us there or as we are going. Help us have an embracing and accepting spirit to what You have to say, even if it’s not what we thought. Let us see Your mighty hand at work, in the mist of our storms. Give us peace as we look expectantly for you to answer our concerns. In Jesus name, Amen.

Lyvita: Saints, thanks for tuning in. If you enjoyed this episode, then get your free weekly Newsletter to help you declutter your mind, make sense of your heart aches, and improve your self-talk, so you can go and do what God’s called you to do. All this and more can be found, including my contact info on hangingoutwithjesuspodcast.com or the show notes.

So until we meet again over the airwaves, intentionally and daily, hang out with Jesus.

Lyvita: Shalom!


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Lyvita Brooks enjoys hanging out with Jesus, which is the name of her podcast, Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast. She is the author of a book that contains her mother’s poems and reflections left to inspire you to communicate with others instead of fussing. Nuggets for Thought, is that book.

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