Summary: God can use our past failures to establish bright futures

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2/23 The Reboot Romans 8:28

Four steps to reboot:

1. Accept your failure: There is no such thing as a perfect person, perfect marriage, or perfect family. Romans 3:23

Imperfect people fail.

sinned/sin (amartia): to miss the mark.

2. Receive God’s grace: His glorious grace regenerates what is dead or broken

Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:20

God’s grace in the life of the believer is the desire and the power to do His will.

3. Cooperate with God’s purpose: He wants to turn your dark failures into bright futures. Romans 8:28

God’s offer: “I’ll make all things new!”

Our response: love and live

People want the healing but they’re not willing to discover the cure

4. Place your hope in Him. Romans 15:13

Technology. Can’t live with it; can’t live without it. Do you ever get exasperated at your technology? Sometimes when your computer is not operating effectively or your smart phone is not acting right, what’s the best thing to do? Do a reboot. When my apps aren’t working properly, when my computer is slow, the best thing to do is turn it off and do a reboot. According to one computer magazine, “Rebooting is sometimes necessary to recover from an error, re-initialize drivers, or hardware devices. A reboot may also (be necessary) if the computer or hardware device encounters an error or is overloaded.” Computer Hope

In your life, in your relationships, in your marriage, ever feel like you need a reboot? Maybe you’re here this morning and you need to recover from an error or adjust to overload. Maybe your life or your marriage is all bungled up and not working right. If so, I think this morning is just for you. I think what you need is a reboot.

Everyone needs to reboot from time to time. But what I’ve discovered is that most people don’t know how to do it. On your phone, it’s easy: just hold down the big button and the little button at the same time…on your computer just turn it off…or throw it against the wall!

But how do you reboot in life? In this room are folks who have tasted the pain of divorce; folks who are in seemingly dead or dying marriages, folks who’ve made bad parenting choices, folks who have been immoral or addicted or bitter or all of the above. How do you reboot a life? How do you reboot a relationship, a marriage, a family? There are Four steps to reboot:

1. Accept your failure: There is no such thing as a perfect person, perfect marriage, or perfect family.

I know this seems obvious to most, but we can’t move to the rest of the steps if we don’t get this one strait.

We are imperfect. And Imperfect people fail. Every pastor, every counselor, every wise person knows that until a person honestly assesses and accepts their personal responsibility and failure, they can’t move forward.

The Bible sets this in perfect context: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 That word sinned/sin (amartia): to miss the mark. Before gunpowder was invented, the primary weapon used to combat the enemy from a distance was the bow. (need a bow and arrow)

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