How to Overcome a Negative Past (5 of 7) by Rick White

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How to Overcome a Negative Past (5 of 7)
Series: Lessons For Life From Joseph's Journal
Rick White
Genesis 42:29-43:15

Message Truth: Someone has said; "We crucify ourselves between two thieves; regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow." However for those who are in Christ, we can experience freedom from the past and face tomorrow with confidence and courage. (2 Cor 5:17 NASB) Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Introduction: Many of the heroes of the faith were men and women with a past to overcome. Moses, the man who recorded these words that we read today committed murder. David, a man after God's own heart committed adultery. Even when we read Hebrews 11, the Hall of Fame of Faith, there are many names recorded as great examples of faith, who were men and women with less than an exemplary past. There are far too many Christians whose lives today are dictated by regrets of the past. Today we are going to get a different perspective from Joseph's Journal, because Joseph will not be the central character, rather we will focus on his family, their failures and some lessons learned.

- We tend to respond negatively rather than positively.
- We tend to view problems horizontally rather than vertically.
- We tend to resist rather than tolerate new ideas.

All three of these tendencies intensify, as we grow older. We are going to see each of these tendencies in the life of Jacob in today's study, and perhaps in our lives as well.

(Gen 42:29-38 NASB) When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, {30} "The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country. {31} "But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies. {32} 'We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest i ...

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