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Summary: How to get moving again for God when you've been stuck in the past.

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Moving Past the Past

Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua 1:2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

I. The Past – “Moses my servant is dead…”

A. We can review the past

It has been said that nothing that we see or hear or experience is ever lost. It is stored in our subconscious ready for recall. These memories can come back to us like dreams or they can come back to us like night mares! When Moses looked back over his life it must have been a mixture of both! His days in the house of Pharaoh must have seemed like a dream that ended in a night mare! Churches and individuals have a history that is also a mixture of each.

B. We can reflect on the past

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill

Reflective thinking is almost a thing of the past in our culture. We can and should learn from the past but it is almost impossible if we are incapable of reflective thought.

“Enjoy life, it has an expiration date!” Jim Cox

C. We must not relive the past

Living in the past has its draw backs. The problem occurs when we live in the past and stay there so long that never move into the future.

I'm living in the past

Everything in front of me is so beautiful

But I see it so rarely

I'm living in the past

Longing to go back

Changing decisions

Who's to say my other present would be this beautiful

I can't go back

I can't let go

I have this hope

I'm living in the past

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II. The Present – “...now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people…”

A. The urgency – “…now…”

One of the great failings of the church today is the loss of a sense of urgency in the work of the Lord.

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

The two phrases "carpe diem" and "carpe noctem" really mean to "live life to the fullest extent." Don't waste your time on meaningless activities or pursuits. Everything that you WANT to do, or HOPE to do, should be attended to immediately. Life is short, and death "could be" just around the corner. Another version of this "time is fleeting idea," is this: “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. AND Make hay while the sun shines.”

B. The utility – “arise and go over…”

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not…

There is an interesting passage in the “Parable of the Prodigal,” where this wayward boy finds himself in the hog pen, comes to his senses, and makes a decision to return to the Father’s house…

Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.


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