Pastor Shane Ham : Starting Over, Starting Today

Life Beyond Regrets · 36:15 · Recorded September 9, 2018

Proverbs 28:13 (TLB) A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.

Zechariah 3:17 (NIV) 1Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” 5Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by. 6The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: 7“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.’”

What types of regrets are we dealing with?

Regrets of action.

Zechariah 3:3 (NIV) Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.

Regrets of inaction.

Revelation 12:9-10 (NIV) The great dragon…that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him…the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night.

Regrets of reaction.

When do we feel it the most?

When trouble comes.

When we pray.

When we try to represent Christ.

When we fail repeatedly!

What are we going to do about it?

1. Grasp just how much God loves you!

Romans 8:1 (ESV) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

2. Accept the outrageous gift He offers.

Zechariah 3:4 (NIV) The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”

Deuteronomy 7:7-8 (NIV) The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.

3. Trust Him!

What “regrets” are you struggling with? What have you found helpful in dealing with regret?

Read Zechariah 3:1-7 aloud. As for your laundry and clothing situation, how is it: (a) All dirty? (b) All clean? (c) Still in the wash?

In 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, Paul said that God “reconciled us to himself, through Christ.” What does it mean to be “reconciled”? What story from your life illustrates this?

What does it matter to you—practically or emotionally—whether a right relationship with God is a gift to be received or a prize to be earned?

When did you begin to see God saving you, rather than condemning you? Discuss with your small group.

Which of the points or scriptures from this message stood out to you? What are you feeling you need to do or start following Jesus on in response to Pastor Shane’s message? How can your group help you with this?

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