Sermon Notes

Oct 18th- GHOSTS (of my past)

 

The ghosts of my past come into types…

Things that have happened to me

Things that I have done

 

Things that I have done – Shame, Guilt, Regret

 

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

People will bring up your past, but God doesn’t.

 

Psalms 103:12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 

Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness

and will remember their sins no more.’

 

Paul – I am the worst of sinners

 

1 Timothy 1:13-16 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

 

If Paul had gotten justice the result would’ve been his death, but through forgiveness his life resulted in new life for countless billions of people across history.

 

I MUST receive freedom, before I can live free!

 

DO what a godly person would do!

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

 

As a father I would be dishonored if I gave my son a gift out of love but he never used it because he felt unworthy.

 

 

Things that have happened to me

 

Are Memories the Problem?

A memory is a thought, and a thought by itself has no power or meaning, unless you give it power or meaning.

 

Example: “I am justified in thinking this” or “I need an apology so I can move on.” This keeps my memories very much alive, affecting my ongoing experience.

 

Healing” often means letting go, so the thoughts and feelings dont impact you.

 

Your goal is to neutralize the stories from the past so they lose their power over you.

 

Your goal is NOT to:

Make yourself forget about the past (impossible)

Stuff or ignore your feelings (creates other problems – addiction)

Wait for an apology or acknowledgment (postpones happiness)

Wait for time to heal all wounds (you may need more than time)

Wallow endlessly in your emotions (painful and unproductive)

Redo the past (you cant change what happened but you absolutely can change your reaction to what happened)

 

What you focus on, is what will grow. If you cultivate sadness, regret, and revenge, then they will become your reality. As an alternative, be very willing to see through these stories as much as is needed.

 

Better, Healthier Stories: (betrayed by a friend)

Never trust people VS Be careful who you trust

 

“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” ~Jean Paul Sartre

 

Freedom is giving that painful event to God, and leaving it there.

(This is not easy but it is empowering and life-changing)

 

Romans 12:21  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord

On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Forgiveness is the most empowered action a person can take when they have been hurt. You get a jump-start on releasing the past when you take full responsibility for what you will allow to have power over you.

 

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on God, because he cares for you.

 

You life begins now, in this very moment…and now…and now. You can always start anew. Don’t feed these limiting thoughts, and you won’t need them to disappear. Discover that you were never not whole, that the main part of you has always been protected by God and untouched by the world.

 

Resources:

Health Line – How to Let Go of Things from the Past

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-let-go#The-takeaway

 

10 Life-Changing Facts to Heal the Pain of the Past – Dr. Gail Brenner

10 Life-Changing Facts to Heal the Pain of the Past

 

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