Pastor Shane Ham : Getting Past Your Past

Damaged Goods · 39:56 · Recorded October 30, 2016

Getting Past Your Past

Zechariah 3:1-8 (CEV) 1I was given another vision. This time Joshua the high priest was standing in front of the LORD’S angel. And there was Satan, standing at Joshua’s right side, ready to accuse him. 2But the LORD said, “Satan, you are wrong. Jerusalem is my chosen city, and this man was rescued like a stick from a flaming fire.” 3Joshua’s clothes were filthy. 4So the angel told some of the people to remove Joshua’s filthy clothes. Then he said to Joshua, “This means you are forgiven. Now I will dress you in priestly clothes.” 5I spoke up and said, “Also put a clean priestly turban on his head.” Then they dressed him in priestly clothes and put the turban on him, while the LORD’S angel stood there watching. 6After this, the angel encouraged Joshua by telling him that the LORD All-Powerful had promised: 7If you truly obey me, I will put you in charge of my temple, including the courtyard around it, and you will be allowed to speak at any time with the angels standing beside me. 8Listen carefully, High Priest Joshua and all of you other priests. You are a sign of things to come, because I am going to bring back my servant, the Chosen King.

The things I believe

1. He loves you supremely!

1 John 3:1 (NIV) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

You can live more securely.

Romans 8:35, 37-39 (NIV) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.

2. He’s not done with you nearly!

You can expect to improve.

Philippians 1:6 (NASB) For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

3. He forgives you completely!

You can forgive yourself.

Philippians 3:13 (CEV) My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.

The things I receive

1. The clarity of a new perspective.

Romans 8:28-29 (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. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

You can give up your grudges.

2. The enablement of a new power.

Ephesians 1:19, 3:20 (NIV) His incomparably great power for us who believe… according to his power that is at work within us,

You can get help where you need it.

3. The hope of a promised future!

Matthew 9:13 (NIV) “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

You can know that the best is yet to come!

Additional Scripture

Ephesians 1:3-5, 7-9, 13-14 (NIV) 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will… 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure… 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.

Chosen
Predestined
Adopted
Redeemed
Forgiven
Included
Enlightened
Saved
Promised
Sealed
Freed
Guaranteed

  • What “filthy clothes” do you see when you look at yourself? Can you see yourself in the “priestly clothes” God has dressed you in? What do you need to let go of in your past that will allow you to see yourself more the way God sees you? (forgiven, clean, adopted, etc.)
  • Look at the three points under “The things I believe.” Do you believe each of these statements for yourself? Do you also believe them for the person/people who have hurt you? Which do you struggle to fully accept and how can your small group members help you with this?
  • Reread Romans 8:28-29. Looking at the struggles you’ve had in your life, where can you see that God has worked them for good – either in your life or in someone else’s? What does it mean, in light of your past, the he predestined you to become like his son? What confidence do these verses give you about events that occur in your life?
  • How much of God’s power are you using at the moment? God put all of his resources into your “bank account”. What is keeping you from transferring them into your “checking account” and using them to the fullest? Where do you need the “incomparably great power” of God to be at work in the coming week?
  • Talk with your kids this week about the power of names. When someone calls us a name that is negative, it hurts us (loser, stupid, outsider, etc.). God never sees us as any of those things. He renames us! He calls us chosen, adopted, loved. Help your children think about positive names they can give to people they encounter. Show them that instead of seeing a person as “less than” we can strive to see them they way God does. Memorize Proverbs 16:24 together. Pleasant words are like honey from a honeycomb– sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body.
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