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“No Regret Living” Philippians 3:12-14 11/26/2006 Dr. Dane Boyles. “No Regret Living”. Introduction Someone has said that most Christians find themselves living between the “regrets of yesterday” and the “worries of tomorrow.”

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“No Regret Living”Philippians 3:12-1411/26/2006Dr. Dane Boyles


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“No Regret Living”

Introduction

  • Someone has said that most Christians find themselves living between the “regrets of yesterday” and the “worries of tomorrow.”

  • The believer is to “forget the past” and press on “without anxiety.”


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13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:12-14)


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  • How can we move on to “no regret living”?

  • We must learn to deal with the Past, Present, and Future.


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  • Dealing with the past means that we must have a clean slate toward God.

    • The gospel is not good advice for good people; it is good news for bad people!


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19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (Acts 3:19)


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  • The salvation that Christ offers is from sin.

    Guilt is a miserable game we play with ourselves. It’s the price we pay for not taking an honest, compassionate, realistic, and forgiving look at the reality of our lives. It’s a game of make-believe with bitter consequences. (“Guilt” -- John-Roger & Peter McWilliams)


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21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5:21)

29“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)


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  • So powerful is the blood of Christ that God puts our sins away from Him as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

    7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.(Eph 1:7)


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  • Dealing with the past also means that we must have a clean slate toward man.

    • The blood puts us right with God, but it’s up to us to make things right with men.


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16So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:16)


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  • Satan relentlessly accuses us with an endless barrage of guilt over areas where reconciliation or restitution have not been made.

  • The only cure is total obedience.

    36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.(John 8:36)


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  • The Christian life is a present-tense, moment-by-moment walk.

    • The Christian life is a walk of obedience.

      • Obedience is the test ofgenuine devotion to God.

        15“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15)


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22 “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)

  • A person can never go wrong if he just obeys God.


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  • Obedience must be instant.

    • There is no need to consider the options or weigh the alternatives.

    • Once God speaks, it is time to act!

  • Obedience mustbe complete.

    • The call to obedience is a call to thorough obedience, not just partial obedience.


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  • Obedience requiresthe proper attitude.

    • Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.

    • God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.


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18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, (Rom 4:18)


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20 . . . he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Rom 4:20-21)


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19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. (Heb 11:19)


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  • If we live like Abraham in instantaneous, complete, and heart-felt obedience, we will experience the power of God in our lives!


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  • The Christian life is a walk of unwavering faith.

    4Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. (1 John 5:4)

    6 Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb 11:6)

    17 The righteous will live by faith. (Rom 1:17)


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  • Faith is not only believing our beliefs, but learning to believe God.

  • There are two kinds of people . . .

    • Those who believe in God and act.

    • And those who . . .

      5 have a form of godliness but deny its power. (2 Tim 3:5)


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  • Unbelief, fear, and worry, not only bring regrets later, but cause misery now.

  • God offers freedom right now but we must have an unwavering faith!


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  • The Christian life is a walk in servanthood.

    • Only the attitude of servanthood can give proper perspective.

    • A bond servant was a slave,

      “someone devoted to another to the disregard of his own interests.”


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  • The self-centered notion of “What can I get?” is replaced by “What can I give?”

    “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” (John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1961)


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  • Christianity, in its very essence, is not about what we can get from God but how we can serve God.


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  • What we do right now in relation to the gospel and others counts forever.

    • We must have boldness.

    • We must have compassion.


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36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matt 9:36)


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  • Now is the time to boldly share Christ with our friends, relatives, and neighbors.

    11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men (2 Cor 5:11)

  • The destiny of men hinges on what we do today!


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Conclusion

  • God has taught us how we ought to deal with the past, the present, and the future.

  • No regret living prepares us for no regret dying.


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  • Four suggestions:

    • Deal with the past and get every sin under the blood.

    • Make every attempt to reconcile broken relationships.

    • Live each day God gives us in obedience and faith as His servant.

    • Prepare for eternity by lovingly and boldly sharing Christ with the lost.


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6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)


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“No Regret Living”Philippians 3:12-1411/26/2006Dr. Dane Boyles