Message for December 28, 2014 from Pastor Jerry

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13-14
Are there any regrets as you look back over this year of 2014? If you could go back in time is there anything you would change? We know that this is not possible but as Paul says in verses above we must forget the past and look forward to the future. This year is about to end but a new one is about to begin. What can you do about it? You can forget about 2014 and focus to make 2015 the best year you have ever had.
You now have another chance at getting it right. Use the past to learn how to frame the future. You cannot build a good future on the ruins and regrets of the past. Regardless of what you have done or not done in the past God is more concerned about your future. God doesn’t remember your past He is only interested in the future.
Paul reflects on the past by implying that he knows that he did not do everything right. Yet he is not going to let that stop him from embracing the future with the attitude “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” You can not look at past “failures” and be discouraged about future success. A new year is at hand and it can be successful if you believe in God’s promise that “all things are possible to him who believes.” Do not sink into the regrets of the past but walk by faith in the promises of the Lord. think to “For I know the toughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, that I may give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11
Believe in your future and God will give it to you. He is for you and always will be. If you press on you will not disappoint Him. You can only disappoint yourself if you choose not to believe and press on. What will you do?

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