Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Shepastor: “Don’t Allow Regret to Ruin Your Life…”

13 Brothers and sisters, 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3: 13-14, NIV

Regret can be a heavy thing. Many live their lives under the weight of mistakes, missed opportunities, words spoken, unfortunate decisions, etc. But one thing is for sure, you cannot change the past. Some spend their lives looking in the rear view mirror. The “rear view mirrors” of life are small in comparison to the “wide windshield.” Although you may be living with the consequences of bad choices, God still has a big bright future ahead for you.

We serve a forgiving God, a loving God, a healing God, a restoring God. We ALL have made mistakes. Ask the Lord to forgive you. He is faithful and just to do just that! Ask the Lord to help you to forgive yourself. It will be difficult, if not impossible to take hold of all that the Lord has in your future if you do not.

Understand that others that may have been harmed by your past decisions may not be so quick to forgive you. In a genuine spirit, as much as is possible, do what is in your power to bring restoration and then release them to God. There are some fractures that only the Lord can repair. Know that God has a goal for you to pursue, a “prize” for you to win.

You cannot fulfill your life’s purpose looking backwards. Don't allow regret to ruin your life. By faith, keep moving forward. Keep “pressing towards the mark.” Accept God’s forgiveness and forgive yourself.
Greater is coming…

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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