Putting the Past Behind You by Ken Trivette

Putting the Past Behind You
Ken Trivette
Philippians 3:13

Outline
1. PUT YOUR PAST SINS BEHIND YOU
a) The Past Sins That Haunt Us
b) The Past Sins That Hinder Us
2. PUT YOUR PAST SORROWS BEHIND YOU
a) Cleanse Your Heart of Past Sorrows
b) Clear Your Heart of Past Sorrows
3. PUT YOUR PAST SUCCESSES BEHIND YOU
a) Celebrate What Has Been Done
b) Anticipate What Can Be Done
c) Elevate What Should Be Done

The end of one year and the beginning of a new is often a time of reflection, reassessment, reevaluation, as well as a time of recommitment, refocus, renewal and resolutions. A couple of weeks ago, FranklinCovey released the results of their annual Resolutions Survey. In their survey they found that the top ten resolutions for 2008 are:

1. Get out of debt or save money
2. Lose weight
3. Develop a healthy habit (e.g., exercise or healthy eating)
4. Get organized
5. Develop a new skill or talent
6. Spend more time with family and friends
7. Other
8. Work less, play more
9. Break an unhealthy habit (e.g., smoking, alcohol, overeating)
10. Change employment

Someone has said that a New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other. As we stand on the threshold of a New Year, I want to give you a New Year resolution that will greatly beneficial to you spiritual life. I want to talk to you about putting your past behind you.

As Tennyson said:

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

T.S. Eliot in "Little Gidding" said:

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

Edward Payson Powell said, "The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!" The year 2007 will soon be dead. Today I want to talk to you about letting the dead bury its own dead.

In Philippians 3:13 Paul speaks of the both the past and the future. As for the past, he speaks of "forgetting those things which are behind." The past can be a dear friend that inspires us such as remembering the day of your salvation. Moses said to the people in Exodus 13:3 "Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place." We should never forget that glorious day when God saved us.

The past can also be a terrible enemy. John MacArthur said in reference to Paul's statement in Philippians 3:13: "Churches are full of spiritual cripples, paralyzed by the grudges, bitterness, sins, and tragedies of the past. Others try to survive in the present by reliving past successes. They must break with that past if they are to pursue the spiritual prize. God is interested in what believers do now and in the future. "No one," d ...


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