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Friday, September 27, 2013

DEALING WITH THE PAST


Philippians 3:13, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."

Everyone has a past.  Everyone needs to be alert enough as to the effective handling of the past. The question is are we supposed to forget the past?  Here are some thoughts.


  • WE HAVE A PAST AND WE CANNOT PRETEND WE DO NOT
  • OUR CRITICS ARE CONSTANTLY BRINGING IT UP EVEN THOUGH THEY DO NOT KNOW THE FACTS - HOWEVER, GOD KNOWS AND I KNOW!
  • EVEN THOSE WHO LOVE AND FORGIVE KNOW OUR PAST, BUT DECIDE NOT TO INVESTIGATE
  • WE SHOULD NEVER ACT LIKE WE  HAVE NEVER SINNED
  • WE SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO HIDE THE PAST
  • ACKNOWLEDGING A FAILED PAST GIVES US OPPORTUNITIES TO PROMOTE THE GRACE OF GOD
  • OUR PAST IS A PART OF OUR MINISTRY
  • WE ARE COMMANDED TO FORGET THOSE "THINGS" WHICH ARE BEHIND-NOT OUR PAST
  • WE OUGHT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR PAST WHILE REFUSING TO DISCUSS THE "THINGS" OF THE PAST
  • TO DISCUSS PAST "THINGS" OPENS  OLD WOUNDS AND PICKS AT THEM CAUSING THEM TO BLEED AGAIN
  • THE "THINGS" OF THE PAST ARE OUT OF SIGHT AND SHOULD BE OUT OF MIND
  • WE CAN BE ASHAMED OF THE "THINGS" OF THE PAST WITHOUT BEING ASHAMED OF "THINGS" WE DO FOR OUR GOD TODAY
  • DO NOT LOWER YOUR HEAD WHEN PEOPLE REPEAT THE "THINGS" OF THE PAST FOR I AM STILL NOT CONDEMNED IN CHRIST
  • ALL OF US CAN GO ON IN SPITE OF THE "THINGS" OF OUR PAST
  • GOD IS BIGGER THAN OUR PAST

GOTTA LOVE FORGIVENESS!


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