Your past failures are not life sentences, they are seasons…
Season: the time when something takes place.
Life is a series of events and seasons.
Things that take place in our lives.
We celebrate births, birthdays, anniversaries, accomplishments, milestones.
We endure disappointment, failure, dreams that do not come true, lost opportunities, we mourn deaths.
Good times happy times,
bad times sad times.
It is the bad times, the sad times however that are difficult to put in the rear view mirror.
Events that cloud our present, influence our future and keep us living in the past.
Sometimes our fault, sometimes not.
One of the things I love about the Bible is it is full of real stories, about real people. People like us.
Abraham who lied not once but twice in critical moments
Moses who failed in leadership
Jacob a swindler and a cheat
Joseph sold into slavery, imprisoned unjustly
Rahab a prostitute
Ruth widowed and destitute
David adulterer and murderer
A man possessed by demons living in a tomb
A woman by a well
Another caught in adultery
A religious zealot who persecuted the church
Peter who ran in time of trouble
The list is long, the events and circumstances different but these men and women had one thing in common.
They did not allow their failures to trap them in the past.
Instead they chose to turn the page, start a new chapter.
We also have that choice.
We do not have to be stuck in that time, event, or circumstances.
Jesus said in John 10:10 “I have come that you might have life, more and better than you can imagine”.
He did not say only
The perfect ones,
The cleaned up ones,
The ones who have it all together
The deserving ones
But anyone. Regardless of their past, right where they are, right now, today.
Can turn the page, let a new chapter begin.
Can trust God to do for us what He did for them
Some practical steps from Pastor Rizzo shared in his sermon on how to turn the page.
You turn the page in your heart.
You can’t turn the outside page until you turn the inside page.
1 Kings 8:58
” May he turn our hearts towards Him”
A heart surrendered to God is a heart willing to turn the page. He says come as you are, I will make all things new. Isaiah 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17
It is grace always grace.
Turn the Page in your mind.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford
Our thinking, our habits, our direction can change. Breaking the cycle of failure, addictions, unforgiveness, shame, bitterness, to name a few begins here.
Ephesians 1 and 2
Provide a new way to think about God, and how He thinks about us. This changes our thinking, our habits, how we do life, our direction.
Turning the page involves action.
We are physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual beings.
What steps do you need to take to turn the page in these areas? Maybe…
Healthy eating habits
Changing media habits
Developing a Philippians 4:8 thought life
Guard your heart and what you allow in it (not all emotions are healthy or good)
Ask your spouse what makes him/her feel cared for
Share with them the things that makes you feel cared for
Put others needs before your own
Try new things
Join a small group
Take a prayer walk
Spend time with God everyday
Start a journal
Start a Bible reading plan
Find a daily devotional (Read it daily, right?)
Just a few suggestions, but however we get there we do not have to be trapped in the past.
Maybe it’s time to turn the page.
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