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Forget The Old Ways! (6 of 6)
INTRO: We are stubborn creatures; change does not come easily for us human beings. When we are pressed or threatened we tend to return to old ways out of a need for security. This can be a dangerous practice however in the spiritual realm! As Christians we need to be careful we are not lulled back to our old ways before Christ, instead we must learn to live like lobsters!
ILLUS: FROM TIME TO TIME LOBSTERS HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR OLD SHELLS; IT IS A NECESSARY PART OF GROWING FOR THEM. THEIR SHELLS ARE MADE ONE SIZE AT A TIME, AND AS THEY GROW THEY MUST CAST THEIR OLD SHELL ASIDE AND MAKE A NEW LARGER SHELL. IF THEY FAIL TO DO THIS, THEY WOULD SOON BECOME IMPRISONED IN THEIR OLD SHELL AND NOT BE ABLE TO ESCAPE IT, THUS THEY WOULD DIE BY BEING CRUSHED TO DEATH OR SUFFOCATE. THE TRICKY PART FOR THE LOBSTER IS THE TIME BETWEEN SHELLS -- THEY ARE VERY VULNERABLE DURING THIS TIME, WHEN THEY ARE BARE AND UNPROTECTED THE OLD SHELL MUST SEEM PRETTY ATTRACTIVE; THEY AT LEAST FELT SAFE IN IT, YET THERE IS NO FUTURE IN THAT OLD SHELL, THEY MUST ENDURE THE VULNERABLE STAGE WHILE A NEW SHELL DEVELOPS THAT CAN HANDLE THEIR NEW LARGER LIFE ... THERE CAN BE NO GOING BACK TO THE OLD WAYS IF THEY WANT A FUTURE! - SOURCE UNKNOWN
When we are feeling vulnerable, when pressure is building up, there is always the temptation to return to old ways -- yet, to return to old ways would keep us from experiencing God's new ways! It is better to FORGET THE OLD WAYS!
This was a struggle for Israel in the wilderness as they traveled to the Promise Land, and it will be a struggle for us as we travel through life toward heaven.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us to forget the old ways of our life before Christ, to adopt the new life we have in Christ and keep moving forward! We can only do this by the power of His Holy Spirit in our lives!
I. OBSTINATE WILL! Numbers 11:1-15
A. Hardship's Sed ...
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