Reflections on My Past
Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we started a new series called “Reflections.” In this series leading up to Easter, we’re going to spend some time in reflection of our past, present, and future not only from our own perspective, but hopefully gain some insight into God’s perspective as well.
Today we reflected on our past. This is a hard topic for many due to a troubled upbringing, events that took place, or a person haunting old memories. But the reality is, if your past isn’t lifting you up, it’s most likely holding you down. In some way, we all have to make peace with our past or it will always affect us.
Cal highlighted three Biblical examples of people with troubled pasts: Moses, who murdered an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew; David, who had one of his best fighting men assassinated to cover up the affair David and Bathsheba had; Paul (at the time known as Saul), who approved of the murder of the first martyr for Jesus and later actively persecuted Christians. These three people were all murderers. They were also the most significant people in the Bible, outside of Jesus. The central message of the Bible is that God wants to forgive you for your past and he wants to free you from your past.
What is it about your past that you need to let go of? That you need to forgive someone else or yourself of? Because the past is a fine place to visit, but it’s a horrible place to live.
Verses and quotes from the message:
Psalm 46:10; Psalm 8:3-4; Exodus 2:11-15; 2 Samuel 11:14-15; Psalm 32:3-4; Acts 7:57-58; Acts 8:1; Acts 8:2-3; 1 John 1:9; Philippians 3:13-14; 1 Timothy 1:16
“Beware of spending too much time looking back at what you once were when God wants you to become something you have never been before.” Oswald Chambers
Big Idea: Until you experience forgiveness for your past, you will not be set free from it
At Your Name – Bethel Music
Great I Am – Jared Anderson
Here for You – Matt Redman