Genesis 35

God spoke to me today from Genesis 35:4 where it said, "So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem" and this is what I heard Him say:

“Sometimes you need to bury your past and the things associated with it.  Yes, bury it.  Put it away for good.  I sometime hear you share your testimonies and it seems that you glory in your past and the evil you have done more than in Me.  You sound braggadocios over how bad you once were.  You sounds so prideful over the evil you did.  Oh, that you would be contrite, humble, broken, and grieving over that past lifestyle—realizing that My mercy and grace were placed upon you to rid you of all that.  You need to bury your old idols of a wayward lifestyle: the drug abuse you got away with, the drunken debaucheries you were involved in, the immoral affairs you participated in, and whatever it was that you sought above Me.  Oh, that you would glory in My righteousness, My grace, and My mercy that has brought to you a whole new life.  Focus on the new you.  Focus on what you are now because of Jesus Christ, My Son.  Focus on where I am taking you.  So today, when you are inclined to relish the past, bury the past instead.  Focus on the new you in Christ Jesus.”