I want to talk to you about a word many of us have confessed at one time or another about words we’ve spoken or situations that we’ve had to deal with in our life; and that is regret. We regret something we’ve said or something we’ve done, and instead of going to God and repenting so we can let go of it, we dwell on it. We mull it over, and over, and over again, in our mind making it worse each time we think about it. Oh, yeah! You know what I’m talking about! Before you know it, you have made a mountain out of a mole hill and it consumes the better part of your thinking.
Unless you take those thoughts captive to the will of God, they will become a stronghold in your life. Not only that, regret is a worthless emotion that chains you to your past. When your heart is full of regret and disappointment it draws fear to its side, then fear joins hands with disappointment and regret and holds you in limbo – boxed in – looking back and wishing you wouldn’t have said or done what you did; looking forward, fearful to make a decision because you may make the wrong decision.
So how do you get out of limbo and deal with regret? The only way to overcome regret, disappointment and fear so you can go forward into the victorious life God has designed for you is to confess that you have regrets, disappointments and fear, then spend time in the Word and with the Holy Spirit to renew your mind to the will of God. In Mark 1:14-15 in the Amplified Bible, we read “When Jesus came into Galilee he preached the good news of the Kingdom of God and said, “The appointed period of time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel).”
Through renewing your mind you will be able to overcome thoughts by taking them captive to the will of God with the words of your own mouth. You can’t overcome thoughts with thoughts; therefore, you have to address thoughts by speaking to them.
When you renew your mind and know the will of God, which is His Word, you can speak with authority and things will obey you. You can cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ as the Bible tells us to do in 2 Corinthians 10:5. When you do this, you will overcome past regrets and disappoints, address fear of future events and decisions and go victoriously into your future.