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WOFCF Bible Explosion - 7/19/17


       July 19, 2017

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Putting the Past Behind You – Part 2 of 2  

Last week, we discussed how each new day of your life is a gift from God and how He wants you to live fully. But if the pain you’ve suffered in your past is still impacting your life now, you can’t fully embrace the new life God offers you because you’ll be stuck in a frustrating cycle of brokenness that leaves you feeling hopeless. The key to overcoming your past pain is making choices that invite God’s hope into your life. The choices we covered in helping us heal from our past and enjoy hope was transforming our pain instead of transferring it, leaving shame behind, overcoming our regrets, confessing that we’re not okay, pursuing healing, and being grateful.                                                                                              

Point #1 Embrace your past

Accept the reality of what happened in your past that has caused you pain, without denying it or minimizing its effect on your life. Let go of your desire to have life go the way you’d planned it. Surrender your past to God, so He will take it and use it for good purposes. Talk openly about your past with other people who are struggling with similar types of pain, if you sense God leading you to share what you’ve learned with them. Doing so can usher hope into their lives as well as your own. (Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

 

Point #2 Choose trusting God over pleasing God

Instead of trying to make up for your past failures by working hard with religious rituals you hope will please God, choose to trust God’s promise that He loves and accepts you unconditionally. Rather than trying to reach God through your own efforts, trust in His grace. (Psalms 40:8)

 

            Point #3 Accept God’s surprising gift of radical grace, and be graceful with others

Unlike the limited, strings-attached grace that other people (even those in church) offer you, God Himself wants to give you completely unconditional grace – grace you can count on, no matter what you’ve done in the past. That grace is surprising, yet real. God sees past your past sin when He looks at you; He focuses on the fact that you’re one of His beloved children. No matter how others may label you as a second-class person due to your past mistakes, God always sees you as a first-class person. Express your gratitude to God by following His command to forgive the people who have hurt you in the past – relying on God’s help to do so. (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 11:6)

 

Point #4 Discover the true meaning of God’s will for you

You can free yourself from the burden of worrying about aligning your decisions with God’s will when you realize that knowing God’s will is simple. God’s will isn’t about figuring out specific details about your circumstances, such as which job you should pursue or where you should live. Instead, God’s will is simply about giving your best effort to loving God and loving people in any circumstances. Recognize that God has given you the freedom to make your own decisions about specifics in your life, as long as you follow the basic principle of God’s will, which is to choose the most loving course of action while trusting God. Don’t worry that poor decisions you made in the past may have caused you to miss out on God’s will for your life. You can always get back in line with God’s will for your life when you trust God to redeem your mistakes and try to make loving decisions from now on. (Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 13:20-21; Luke 9:23)

 

 

Point #5 Overcome Fear

You can move past your fear of the unknown and into a hopeful future when you ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind each day. Then you’ll be able to approach any situation from a faithful perspective. Focus on God’s love, which drives out all fear, and you’ll experience more hope in your life.(Psalms 27:1; John14:27; Matthew 6:34; Psalms 23:4)


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