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Haunted by the Past

How does the past haunt us?

We are haunted by experiences
We are haunted by events
We are haunted by emotions

What Haunts People?

Decisions
Mistakes
Events
Disappointments

The past is a very determined ghost, haunting every chance it gets

– Laura Miller

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 3:13-14

Moving Beyond the Past means forgetting

The past cannot be replaced
The past cannot be re-lived
The past can be recycled

Moving beyond the past takes a forward focus

We focus on our new citizenship
We focus on the return of Christ
We focus on the coming change

Moving beyond the past requires freedom

We are free from punishment
We are free from sin
We are free from death

I have learned that in order to get unhooked from the pain of my past, I have to continuously choose to change my perspective. I need to look at things through God’s eyes—through the resurrection power of Jesus.

– Christine Caine

How do we break free from the past?

Recommit to Jesus
A – Admit that you have sinned
B – Believe that Jesus died and rose
C – Commit to follow Him

Jesus died to be your savior and lives to be your Lord!

Refocus your perspective

Yesterday ended last night

– Author Unknown

Remember you are never alone