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“Don't Waste It! Pt. 2”

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  • 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.

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.

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 __________.

What did you discover?

  • The weight of regret is heavy!
  • You hurt a lot of people.
  • Things could be much worse.
  • You can move forward with God's help!

How to deal with regret:

1. Reflect thoroughly and honestly on your imperfect past.

2. Seek forgiveness from God and others, and also forgive yourself. (In that order.)

We view our past in one of three ways:
How we see it, others see it, or God sees it.

Human View (us & others) = Feelings based
-=VS=-
Divine View = Faith based

How do you know if you are thoroughly right with God?

A— Ask Him!

By faith, we embrace God's provision for our every sin!

1 John 1:8-9 NKJV If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The root of our faith is God, who is truth!

Proverbs 23:23 NKJV Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

John 8:31-32 NKJV Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Our feelings are the fruit, not the root, of our faith!

3. Accept your imperfection.

Perfectionism is the enemy of progress.

Paul was a deeply religious man, but it made him worse, not better!

1 Timothy 1:12-13 NKJV And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

We are called to stand in His righteousness, and not our own.

Ephesians 6:14 NKJV Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Accept your imperfection and embrace His perfection!!!


Next week:

Don't Waste It! Pt. 3