3 – Putting Down the Past
Theme Verse: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:17-18)
Although we can’t change our past, God can change our future.
Denial of Peter – …At that moment, “the Lord turned and looked at Peter.” (Luke 22:61)
1. Because of your past, you are unforgivable.
“My guilt overwhelms me – it is a burden too heavy to bear.” (Psalm 38:4)
2. Because of your past, you are unlovable.
“At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.” (Genesis 3:7)
3. Because of your past, you are useless.
If we can’t let go of our past, we can’t take hold of the future that God has for us.
“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15)
God is far more concerned with lasting healing in your life than short-term feelings in your life.
1. Close the door of the past, knowing God’s grace is bigger than your sin.
“But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
You are not what you’ve done, you are who God says you are.
2. Step into your future, knowing God’s grace redeems your story.
God loves to use imperfect people to impact his world.
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”(Philippians 3:12-14)
– Think about your past self and your present self. Does it seem like two totally different people, a little different, or about the same? Why?
– What comes to mind when you hear the words “past mistakes”?
– Todd talked about three lies about your past: You are unforgivable, unlovable, and useless. Which lie do you struggle to combat the most?
– What are some of the most important components to finding healing from your past? How have you seen these play out? How might God use your past to redeem your future?