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We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful.

We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful.

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We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful.

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  1. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • Our God will allow us to be tested so that good things may come into our lives. (Jer 17:9-10)

  2. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • NKJ Jeremiah 17:9 - " The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

  3. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • One of the purposes of a test from God is for us to see ourselves!

  4. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • When handled properly, this is always a humbling process that allows us to see both God and ourselves better.

  5. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • When handled properly, this is always a humbling process that allows us to see both God and ourselves better. • We are in a constant battle for our hearts and minds. It is difficult to keep a heart tender and faithful before God.

  6. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • When handled properly, this is always a humbling process that allows us to see both God and ourselves better. • We are in a constant battle for our hearts and minds. It is difficult to keep a heart tender and faithful before God. • You do not really know another or even yourself until you go through a test.

  7. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • Do you have an approved character? (Rom 5:3-5)

  8. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • NKJ Romans 5:3 - And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

  9. We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. • The main cause of Christian’s falling away in my experience is here. They allowed their minds to be consumed by their hurt rather than on the hope of heaven!

  10. We must constantly be moving forward • Many make the mistake of stopping. (Lk 9:62)

  11. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ Luke 9:62 - But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

  12. We must constantly be moving forward • We need to have the courage to face a problem and take the time necessary to do what the Lord has said.

  13. We must constantly be moving forward • I am not suggesting that we run from any problem. If we run from a problem it will only get bigger!

  14. We must constantly be moving forward • I am not suggesting that we run from any problem. If we run from a problem it will only get bigger! • What do you do when you have responded as the Lord has instructed?

  15. We must constantly be moving forward • I am not suggesting that we run from any problem. If we run from a problem it will only get bigger! • What do you do when you have responded as the Lord has instructed? • We often get bogged down in things that are not given for us to do by God!

  16. We must constantly be moving forward • Consider the limitations of teaching God’s word. (1 Cor 3:5-7)

  17. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ 1 Corinthians 3:5 - Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

  18. We must constantly be moving forward • What has God given us to do? What do we do with the rest? (Phil 4:6-7)

  19. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ Philippians 4:6 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  20. We must constantly be moving forward • This is where we learn if we are walking by faith or if we want to “whittle on God’s end of the stick!”

  21. We must constantly be moving forward • How many Christians are burdened and ready to quit because of this?

  22. We must constantly be moving forward • We must accept the things that we cannot change! (Phil 3:12-14)

  23. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ Philippians 3:12 - Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

  24. We must constantly be moving forward • We can break down and act like a baby when we lose our focus. Consider Elijah! (1 Kings 19:2-4, 14, 18)

  25. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ 1 Kings 19:2 - Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time." 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

  26. We must constantly be moving forward • 4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

  27. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ 1 Kings 19:14 - And he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

  28. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ 1 Kings 19:18 - "Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

  29. We must constantly be moving forward • After instruction God put Elijah back to work. (1 Kings 19:15-16)

  30. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ 1 Kings 19:15 - Then the LORD said to him: "Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 "Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anointas prophet in your place.

  31. We must constantly be moving forward • We can be satisfied with the past and allow that to be our focus. (Rev 2:2-4)

  32. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ Revelation 2:2 - "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 "and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. 4 "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

  33. We must constantly be moving forward • A living faith is full of zeal and moves you forward.

  34. We must constantly be moving forward • How do you identify yourself before God? (Rom 1:14)

  35. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ Romans 1:14 - I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.

  36. We must constantly be moving forward • When we remember what God has done for us and what He is doing for us, then we will with strength move forward! (Titus 2:11-14)

  37. We must constantly be moving forward • NKJ Titus 2:11 - For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

  38. We must constantly be moving forward • 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

  39. We must win the battle for the mind each day • Our minds are very complicated and not easily controlled.

  40. We must win the battle for the mind each day • Our minds are very complicated and not easily controlled. • Have you had occasions where you could not stop thinking about a matter when you really wanted to stop?

  41. We must win the battle for the mind each day • We must develop a daily renewal and focus on God’s word with a personal application for my life. (Rom 12:1-3)

  42. We must win the battle for the mind each day • NKJ Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

  43. We must win the battle for the mind each day • 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

  44. We must win the battle for the mind each day • Notice how the immediate warning of pride in our thoughts is given.

  45. We must win the battle for the mind each day • We need to constantly be looking ahead with the word of God. (Prov 4:20-27)

  46. We must win the battle for the mind each day • NKJ Proverbs 4:20 - My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

  47. We must win the battle for the mind each day • 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

  48. We must win the battle for the mind each day • We must win the battle over fear.

  49. We must win the battle for the mind each day • Fear can change reality. You can easily create an image of another person or even an entire church! (1 Sam 22:8)

  50. We must win the battle for the mind each day • NKJ 1 Samuel 22:8 - "All of you have conspired against me, and there is no one who reveals to me that my son has made a covenant with the son of Jesse; and there is not one of you who is sorry for me or reveals to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day.“