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Putting the past in the past

Putting The Past

In The Past


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

PHIL. 3:13-14

[By Ron Halbrook]


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

Introduction:

1. Phil. 3:13-14 Leave past sins in the past


Putting the past in the past

1. Phil. 3:13-14 Leave past sins in the past

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,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

Introduction:

2. Eccl. 7:8-14 Cannot return to the past on life’s journey— trust God for present & future


Putting the past in the past

2. Eccl. 7:8-14 Cannot return to the past— trust God for present & future

8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.


Putting the past in the past

2. Eccl. 7:8-14 Cannot return to the past— trust God for present & future

11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • Introduction:

  • 2. Eccl. 7:8-14 Cannot return to the past on life’s journey— trust God for present & future

    • How react to past joys & sorrows?

      • Wise: patient, trust in God

      • Fool: impatient, angry, cynical—wants to control life’s events, cannot trust God or man


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • Introduction:

  • 3. Lesson necessary for godly, balanced, productive, fulfilling life

  • 4. Putting the past in the past applies to:

    • Life’s prosperity & adversity

    • Family relationships

    • Seeking & offering forgiveness of sin


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • A. Eccl. 7:8-10 “Better Is the End:” Trust God to Guide Life’s Unfolding Events

    • From bud to bloom

Cattleyea Orchid


Putting the past in the past

  • From bud to bloom: cranberries

bud swell

tight bud

cabbagehead

bud break

bud elongation

roughneck

hook

bloom

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences & Wisconsin Cranberry Board, Inc.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • A. Eccl. 7:8-10 “Better Is the End:” Trust God to Guide Life’s Unfolding Events

    • From worm to butterfly

Caterpillar—Cocoon—Monarch Butterfly


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • B. Eccl. 7:13-14 Prosperity & Adversity:

  • “God…Set the One Over Against the Other”

    • All life’s experiences are in God’s hand—He watches over us to fulfill His purpose


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • C. How Do We React to Adversity?

    • Abraham tired of waiting, made solutions: faced consequences

      • Gen. 15:2-4 Offered Eliezer as heir

      • Gen. 16 Offered Ishmael as heir


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • C. How Do We React to Adversity?

    • Moses & Israel waited on God

      • Ex. 14:13-16 “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord”


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • C. How Do We React to Adversity?

    • Paul prayed, God gave strength to endure the trial

      • 2 Cor. 12:7-10 “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • C. How Do We React to Adversity?

    • Leave the past & the future in God’s hands


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • I. Life’s Prosperity & Adversity

  • D. How Do We React to Prosperity?

    • Ja. 1:17 Rejoice, give thanks to God

    • Job 1:21 Use it to serve God— when it is past, thank God & move forward

    • Leave the past & the future in God’s hands


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • II. Family Relationships

  • A. Gen. 2:24 Marriage Changes Relationships

    • Retain love & memories of home but focus on new home, new duties

    • Focus on mate not old relationships

    • Parents, others retain love & memories but recognize change in relationship

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • II. Family Relationships

  • A. Gen. 2:24 Marriage Changes Relationships

    • Learn to give time, affection, attention to mate (Eph. 5:25, 22; 1 Cor. 7:3)

    • Husband diligent to make a living (1 Tim. 5:8)

    • Wife diligent in household duties (Prov. 31)

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • II. Family Relationships

  • B. Ps. 127:3 Children Change Relationships

    • Treat each child as a treasure: give time, attention, discipline, affection (Eph. 6:4)

    • Make spiritual training 1st priority (Eph. 6:4)

    • Embrace parental duty as a gift not a burden: sacrificing for children enhances character

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • II. Family Relationships

  • B. Ps. 127:3 Children Change Relationships

    • Parents are no longer children:

      • Not reliving our childhood but help them live theirs (talents, interests, etc.)

      • Cannot train them if act like them (selfish, temper, impatient, pout, etc.)

      • Do not reverse roles but lead & serve

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • II. Family Relationships

  • C. Prov. 28:13 Address Failures in Family Life

    • Admit failures, do not ignore or excuse

      • God & family will see honesty or hypocrisy

    • Apologize, ask forgiveness sincerely

    • Change conduct, repair relationship

    • Cannot change the past—go forward

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • A. God Is Ready to Forgive All Who Ask

    • Isa. 1:18 God promises to forgive

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • A. God Is Ready to Forgive All Who Ask

    • Matt. 11:28-30 Christ offers forgiveness

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • A. God Is Ready to Forgive All Who Ask

    • Jn. 3:5; Mk. 16:16 New birth for sinners

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • A. God Is Ready to Forgive All Who Ask

    • Acts 8:22 Forgive saints who sin

22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • B. Accept God’s Forgiveness

    • Phil. 3:13-14 Do not dwell on past sins

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,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • C. Do Not Return to Past Sins

    • 1 Cor. 6:9-11 “Be not deceived”


Putting the past in the past

  • 1 Cor. 6:9-11 “Be not deceived”

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • C. Do Not Return to Past Sins

    • Acts 8:23 A saint in sin is lost

23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • C. Do Not Return to Past Sins

    • Heb. 3:12-13 Sin hardens the conscience

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • D. Face Consequences of Past Sins by Faith in God

    • Ps. 103: 8-14 David: painful memories but focused on God’s mercy & pardon

      • Adultery, murder, baby died, family relationships devastated, confidence of nation shaken


Putting the past in the past

8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

  • Ps. 103: 8-14 David: painful memories but focused on God’s mercy & pardon


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • D. Face Consequences of Past Sins by Faith in God

    • 1 Tim. 1:15-16 Paul: painful memories but focused on God’s mercy & pardon

      • Accomplice to Stephen’s murder, imprisoned & scattered saints


Putting the past in the past

  • 1 Tim. 1:15-16 Paul: painful memories but focused on God’s mercy & pardon

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • D. Face Consequences of Past Sins by Faith in God

    • Matt. 5:23-24 Seek forgiveness of people we have wronged

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • D. Face Consequences of Past Sins by Faith in God

    • 1 Pet. 5:8-9 Resist Satan if memories haunt & temptations return

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • III. Seeking & Offering Forgiveness of Sin

  • E. Seek Reconciliation with People Who Have Wronged Us

    • Matt. 18:15 “Go and tell him his fault”

      • Ready to forgive as God forgave us

      • Do what we can, then put it in the past

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

Invitation:

1. Phil. 3:13-14 Leave past sins in the past

2. Eccl. 7:8-14 Cannot return to the past on life’s journey— trust God for present & future


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • Invitation:

  • 3. Lesson necessary for godly, balanced, productive, fulfilling life

  • 4. Putting the past in the past applies to:

    • Life’s prosperity & adversity

    • Family relationships

    • Seeking & offering forgiveness of sin


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • 5. God is ready to forgive all who ask

    • Jn. 3:5; Mk. 16:16 New birth for sinners

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


Putting the past in the past

PUTTING THE PAST IN THE PAST

  • 5. God is ready to forgive all who ask

    • Acts 8:22 Forgive saints who sin

22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.


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