Move out of your past
Matthew 11:12 NLT “And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing”
2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
What baggage are you carrying?
1. Unfulfilled expectations.
Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
2. Untreated pain.
Jeremiah 6:14 “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ʻPeace, peace,ʼ they say, when there is no peace.”
3. Unresolved conflict.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
4. Unrepented sin.
Psalm 32:3-4 “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah”
How do you move past your baggage and into the new things God has for you?
Exodus 14:10-12 “As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
verse 11-12 “Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
verse 15-16 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.”
Three things if you are going to move out of your past…
1. Shut your mouth
verse 15 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?”
Philippians 2:14-15 ICB “Do everything without complaining or arguing. 15 Then you will be innocent and without any wrong. You will be God’s children without fault.”
2. Move your feet
verse 15 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”
Luke 17:14 “When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.”
3. Stretch out your hand
verse 15c “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground”
Genesis 12:1 “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him”
What will it take to make a move in 2019?
1. Be HONEST about where you are
Genesis 11:31 “Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran’s son), and Sarai his daughter-in-law (his son Abram’s wife) and set out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans for the land of Canaan. But when they got as far as Haran, they settled down there.”
2. Be OPEN to where God wants you to go
Genesis 12:1-3 MSG “God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. 2-3 I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”
3. Be INTENTIONAL about taking the next step
verse 4 “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him”
a. Engage with God’s word
b. commit to worship consistently in God’s house
c. connect in a Lifegroup
d. serve in a ministry
4. Be STEADY and don’t quit
Genesis 12:8-9 “ He moved on from there to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent between Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. He built an altar there and prayed to God. 9 Abram kept moving, steadily making his way south, to the Negev.”
a. Abram kept moving even though he faced some problems
verse 10 “Then a famine came to the land. Abram went down to Egypt to live; it was a hard famine.”
b. Abram kept moving even though he made some mistakes
verse 11-13 “As he drew near to Egypt, he said to his wife, Sarai, “Look. We both know that you’re a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you they’re going to say, ‘Aha! That’s his wife!’ and kill me. But they’ll let you live. Do me a favor: tell them you’re my sister. Because of you, they’ll welcome me and let me live.”
c. Abram kept moving even though some people didn’t come with him
Genesis 13:5-9 “ Lot, who was traveling with Abram, was also rich in sheep and cattle and tents. But the land couldn’t support both of them; they had too many possessions. They couldn’t both live there—quarrels broke out between Abram’s shepherds and Lot’s shepherds. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living on the land at the time. 8-9 Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have fighting between us, between your shepherds and my shepherds. After all, we’re family. Look around. Isn’t there plenty of land out there? Let’s separate. If you go left, I’ll go right; if you go right, I’ll go left.”
Between the Sea and the Soldiers
Exodus 14:5-14 (NIV)
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen[a] and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” 13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
1. Let Go of the Past
Exodus 14:12 (NIV) “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
2. Let Go of Control
Exodus 14:14 (NIV) “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Judges 6:16 (NIV) “The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.’”
3) Let Go of Your Plans
Exodus 14:15-16 (NIV) 15 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch our your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.’”
- Obedience leads to deliverance, but disobedience leads to the wilderness.
- The Israelites had to have faith and move forward toward the sea.
- God made the impossible solution, the possible solution.
- He not only delivered the Israelites, but he destroyed their problem.
Romans 8:28 (NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
What do you need God to take from impossible to possible in your life?
Lamentations 3:19-20 “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.”
Why are we weary?
1.The Hurts of the past
verse 19-20 “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I remember them well, and my soul is downcast within me.”
2.The Struggles of the present
Job 4:5 “ But NOW trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
3.The Anxieties about the future
Mark 14:33-34: “Jesus began to be deeply distressed and troubled. My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death, he said to them.”
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
So how do you find this rest that Jesus is talking about?
Psalm 42:5 “Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?”
verse 5b “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.
1. Remember God's faithfulness in the past.
verse 19-24 “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is heavy, it's downcast within me. Yet I call this to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
2. Cry out to God in the present.
Psalm 142:2, 5-6 “I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble… 5 I cry out to you O Lord; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need…"
3. Trust in God's power for the future.
2 Chronicles 32:7-8"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him. for there is a greater power that is with us than with them. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles..."
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make you path straight.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a FUTURE. “
God is FOR us!
Romans 8:31 “If God is FOR US, who can be against us?”
1. Because God is for us… Our PAST can't condemn us
Romans 8:1-3 NLT “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.”
2. Because God is for us… our PAIN can't harm us
Romans 8:16-18 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
3. Because God is for us… our PROBLEMS can't stop us.
2 Corinthians 11:23-28 “I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. 24 Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 28 Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 “ Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
How do we live in this Favor of God?
1. Receive God’s forgiveness
Romans 8:1 “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
2. Rest in God’s love
Romans 8:35, 37-38 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? …
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
a. God loves you even when you do wrong
b. God loves you even when others do wrong
Romans 8:31-34 “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
c. God loves me even when things go wrong
Romans 8:35-37 NLT “Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? …37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”