(Hebrews 6:19) “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”
(Psalm 71:14) “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”
Title of my message: Hope for the Past
(Lamentations3:19-20) “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitternessand the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.”
- Past problems.
- Past mistakes.
- Past relationships.
(Lamentations3:21-23) “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Becauseof the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions neverfail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
1. Refocus your mind.
(Romans 12:2 NLT) “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
(Ephesians4:18 LB) “Many are far away from the life of God because they haveshut their minds against Him, so they can’t understand His ways.”
(Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT) “And may you have the power to understand,as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deephis love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is toogreat to understand fully.”
2. Release your past.
(Isaiah 43:18) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
(Psalm103:10-12) “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay usaccording to our iniquities…as far as the east is from the west, so farhas he removed our transgressions from us.”
(Micah 7:18) “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgivesthe transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stayangry forever but delight to show mercy.”
(Romans 3:22 LB) “Godsays He will accept and acquit us – declare us ‘not guilty’ – if wetrust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved inthe same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we havebeen like.”
(Romans 8:1) “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
3. Renew your heart.
(Ezekiel36:26) “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; Iwill remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
For more information on the vision of Freedom Church, please visit our website at www.freedom-church.org.