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Summary: We need to look to Jesus to do what He has called us to do

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I. Do not let the past keep you from what God has called you to do.

- “Let us lay aside every weight”

- Exodus 2:23-3:12

- Moses made a bad decision out of a zealous heart

- We have also done that at times

- And there were consequences sometimes very great.

- Sometimes it has affected family members or just others around us in our lives.

- God does not look to our past to qualify us for service.

- God did not look to the past of Moses

- It may be true that God allowed Moses to experience his past in order to prepare him for future service.

- God called Paul to service despite his past.

- You might ask “How do I get past my past?”

- Do what Paul did “Look to Jesus”

- “Looking to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.”

II. Do not let the present keep you from what God has called you to do.

- “let us also lay aside…..sin”

- John Bisagno’s father in law’s comment about ministry

- Sin sneaks up on us in many cases

- Illustration of frog in boiling beaker

- Replace you with the frog and water with sin

- We do not see sin coming

- Unless we are looking to Jesus

- Paul the author of Hebrews said that “sin clings so closely”

- When we are practicing sin,

- when we are not doing what we are convicted of,

- when we fail God, and men, our families

- We are no looking to Jesus as we should.

- The easy fix is to keep our eye on the ball

- When you play sports many errors can be resolved by keeping your eye on the ball.

- In the same way we need to keep our eyes on Jesus

- We have plenty of examples to look to of people who kept their eye on the ball

- Hebrews 11:33-40

- These are the people the author of Hebrews is speaking of.

Conclusion:

- I was going to name this message “ Finishing Strong”

- After all Paul speaks of:

- enduring the race, Christ endured the cross

- laying aside weights and sin

- suffering shame and hostility

- And how do we accomplish this?

- By looking to Jesus, by considering Him who endured in the way scripture is telling us to endure,

- And the result is that “you will not grow weary or fainthearted”


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