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Past vs. Future

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We cant allow our past to drive our future. Our past can be a tool that we use to push us forawrd.

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Introduction:

We are in a series called For the Good. Last week you guys heard Steve and I story about the and when this verse became real for us. After hearing the story of Steve and his testimony about his past. His story shows us that God is in total control and we must trust Him. I want to share a story about about a famous writer and leader in the church name Paul. He share with us in about his past but he donest allow his to be burden but he allows it to be a blessing.

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28 And we know that God causes everything to work together* for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together* for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
* 8:28 Some manuscripts read And we know that everything works together.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters,* rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.

2 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God* are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4 though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!

5 I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. 6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.

7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.* For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Pressing toward the Goal

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,* but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Phil
There are 3 things I want to share with about your Past vs your Future.

Your Past is fighting your Future

10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Illastraution: Boxing Match
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Illastraution: Boxing Match

Your Past is fighting your Faith

8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Illstraution:Life is about rounds
.Illstraution:Life is about rounds
Illstraution:Life is about rounds
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 10:10). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.Illstraution:Life is about rounds
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers..Illstraution:Life is about rounds
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.Illstraution:Life is about rounds

Your Past is Fighting your Focus

Illstrtuaition: Taking punches during the match
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