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“Don't Waste It! Pt. 1”

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Luke 11:5-13 NKJV And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; 7 and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"


Think of the most precious things you have a limited amount of. How much more valuable they are because of that fact?

  • Three precious gifts we have today are our thoughts, our time, and our energy.
  • These precious gifts are often wasted on two things that go hand in hand, sin & regret.

How much of these precious gifts have you spent on regret and what is your return on investment?

The Problem With Regret:

  1. It doesn't just go away.
  2. It usually gets worse over time.
  3. It is often the result of failing people we know & love.
  4. It sometimes involves situations we are powerless to change.
  5. It consumes what we need to be productive.

The Friends & Family Plan:

Luke 11:5-13 NKJV And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; 7 and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"


How to deal with regret:

1. Reflect thoroughly and honestly on your imperfect past.

Three sentences that may help you accomplish this step:

  1. I wish I could go back and __________.
  2. I wish I could take back when I __________.
  3. Being honest, the problem was me. I was __________.

Next week:

Don't Waste It! Pt. 2
(How to deal with regret steps 2-4)