Summary: We have to let go of the past and keep Moving Foward

Moving Forward

1 John 1:6-10

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.


Priest, an evangelist, and a minister were in a rowboat in the middle of a pond fishing. None of them had caught anything all morning. ? ?

Then the evangelist stands up and says he needs to go to the bathroom so he climbs out of the boat and walks on the water to shore. He comes back ten minutes later the same way. ? ?

Then the minister decides he needs to go to the bathroom, too, so he climbs out of the boat and walks on the water to shore. He, too, comes back the same way ten minutes later. ? ?

The priest looks at both of them and decides that his faith is just as strong as his fishing buddies and that he can walk on water, too. He stands up and excuses himself. As he steps out, he makes a big splash down into the water. ? ?

The evangelist looks at the minister and says,"I suppose we should have told him where the rocks were."

It’s easy to go through life looking in the rearview mirror.

Focused on what didn’t work out,

Who hurt us, or the mistakes we made.

- If only I would have gone to college.

- If only I would have spent more time with the kids.

- If only that company wouldn’t have laid me off after 20 years.

What I have noticed is as long as we focused on the regrets,

Or on the negative things of the past,

It’s going to keep you from the bright future God has in store for you.

As long as you are hanging on to your past ___You will never be able to reach your future

You’ve got to move forward and let go of what didn’t work out.

- Let go of all that regrets.

- Let go of the aches & pains.

- Let go of all the exes.

- Let go of your disappoint & failures.

So what you messed up!

So what you did not get it right the first time

Guess what you are not perfect

Leave the past in the past

Look at the person beside you and say this

You can’t do anything about your past,

You cant change anything that you have done.

You can’t change anything that you said

You can’t change anything that you have been a part of

Whether happen 20 years or 10 years ago you’ve got to let go & move forward.

Let me tell you something

If you keep bring up negative baggage from yesterday into today

It will———— poison your future.


You may have had an unfair past.

People might have done you wrong

Your family might have done you wrong

The job may have done you wrong

The church may have done you wrong

I’m not debating that.

We all have a sad story

But the truth is you just because you had an unfair past

Does not mean you have to have an unfair future.


You may have gotten off to a rough start in life.

• But it’s not how you start that matters,——- it’s how you finish.

Don’t let what somebody did

Or didn’t do for you be an excuse to live sour.

Don’t let

a bad break,

a bad divorce,

a betrayal,

Or a bad childhood causes you a setback.

You cant change how mean your dad was to you

You can’t change how bad your mom was

You can’t change how that family member hurt you

You can’t change the Mental abuse You went through

You can’t change the physical abuse

But this morning you have to lay it down and move forward

And let God MAKE IT RIGHT.


I want you to know this morning

Nothing that has happened to you———— is a surprise to God.

The loss of a family member didn’t catch God off guard.

When you lost your job———HE was not worried

The relationship that didn’t work out.

God was not surprised about that

The business that you opened that didn’t make it

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