"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Our past experiences have a way of shaping us into who we are. The problem is, most of the time those experiences do not measure up to who we really are in Gods eyes. When we come to Christ, we are made into a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!) We are called out of our old ways of thinking and living.
The places in our lives where we've been stuck, God is bringing in the WD-40 and unsticking us. When we are lost in the desert, He takes that vast expanse before us and separates the sand, making a definite visible path right before our eyes. When we are drowning in the toxic wasteland of our past and everything around is oozing green, threatening to eat the flesh right off our bones, God places a stream of fresh water flowing through the middle of it. He wants us to jump right into that stream, He wants to wash all the toxic lies we believe, away.
Though our past often shapes how we live out our present, The truth is we no longer have to be trapped by it, God offers each one of us fresh living water and a clear path. Through the blood of Jesus, His son, we are washed clean of that which keeps us bound. We no longer have to live out of our past. God's word says, "Forget the former things"(that which has previously shaped us)"Do not dwell on the past"( let the past in the past,this is not where the life giving waters are)
I don't think God is saying completely forget what happened in the past, because it is important to learn from it, By looking at the past, in light of our new creation, we can see more clearly who we are now in Christ, when we can look at where we've come from. God's word says don't dwell on the past. He wants us to dwell in Him. God knows that where we dwell, our hearts will be. He wants us to choose to dwell with Him, and He will make the way clear for us! What a promise!