Letting Go of the Past (5 of 11) by Fred Lowery

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Letting Go of the Past (5 of 11)
Series: Are You Happy Now?
Dr. Fred Lowery
September 20, 2009
Isaiah 43:18-19; Philippians 3:13; Matthew 6:34; Deuteronomy 33:25

What a powerful truth as we talk about the past and to know that we who are guilty sinners can be forgiven and are forgiven, stand forgiven in God’s goodness and His grace. Linus was talking to Charlie Brown in the comic strip Peanuts and he said I guess it is wrong to always be worrying about tomorrow. Maybe we just should think about one day, today. Charlie Brown says no, no, that’s giving up. I still hope yesterday will get better. And maybe that’s why we want to hold on to the past because somehow we think maybe we can get another try at it. There is a story about a man who is working up on the roof and he started sliding off the roof of the house and fortunately he was able grab a hold of the gutter and so he is hanging there holding on to the gutter of this two story home and so he looks up toward heaven and says God help me. And a voice from heaven said okay, turn loose and I will catch you. There was a long pause and then he said, is anybody else up there. Because there is something about us that we want to hold on to what we are holding on to. That we don’t want to take the risk of turning loose of something that we’re holding on to even if what we are holding on to is a false security. We still want to hold on to it. There may be people in this room this morning and you are struggling in life because you are holding on to the past. I love country songs that just tell it like it is. Why can’t I forget it, why can’t I admit there ain’t no future in the past? It’s good stuff. There ain’t no future in the past. What does God’s word say? Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago? Anybody guilty there? Don’t dwell on what’s already happened. We say in Alabama, don’t cry over spilled milk. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening a ...


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