Summary: Our past is valuable but can limit us, especially if we have failures. The Word of God reveals 4 reasons you have a great destiny and 4 ways to restart God's plan for your life.
DON’T LET YOUR PAST DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE!
Eccl. 1:9-10; Isa. 43:19; Mk. 9:23
A. HUMOR: BIBLE ILLITERACY
1. As of 2011, Pollsters found that in the Millennial generation (who ranged in age from 18-29) a full third of them had no plans to ever read the Bible. Hopefully that will change.
2. Max had been a confirmed atheist ever since college, but as he approached his 60th birthday, spiritual issues became important to him again. He decided to go to church -- first time in nearly 40 years.
3. He enjoyed the service and listened attentively to the sermon, especially the announcement at the end when the Pastor announced that next week would discuss the great flood.
4. At the end of the service, Max went up to the Pastor and said, "Pastor, I really enjoyed the service, but I won’t be able to attend next week. But don’t think I don’t care -- put me down for a $100 donation for the flood victims!"
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.” Eccl. 1:9-10;
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isa. 43:19;
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’” Mk. 9:23
1. We’re going to see how we can let our past limit us, why our destiny is greater than we anticipate, and how to get your future back on God’s fast-track.
2. The title of tonight’s message is “Don’t Let Your Past Determine Your Future.”
I. THE PAST IS VALUABLE BUT LIMITING
A. WE CHERISH THE MEMORIES OF TIMES & PEOPLE LONG GONE
1. The apostle Paul once said (Phip. 3:14), "Forgetting those things which are behind…." I don't agree.
2. We must not forget our previous experiences. Someone has said, "Those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are bound to repeat them." That’s very true.
3. Think of how many wonderful people have been an influence on your life! Should you forget about them? No!
B. PAST = FOUNDATION OF OUR EXPER. & KNOWLEDGE
1. Who and what we are, is the cumulative sum of our past life and experiences.
2. We've had great experiences with the Lord we are told to remember.
3. God told the Israelites to make memorials to commemorate the great deeds He had done.
C. OUR PAST: THE SPRINGBOARD, LAUNCHING PAD
1. History can be the spring-board for the future, the launching pad for future.
2. That was Paul’s intent in saying to forget the past. He knew the tendency of Christians would be to stop working for God because they felt like they’d already done enough for the Lord.
3. The reason to “forget the past” is so we’ll work today like we’ve never done anything before! We need to seek God the same way!