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Free to Move On

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Free to Move On.

Free Indeed.
Jesus wants us to be free to live in Freedom.
I would argue the entire bible is a book about moving on.
Abraham had to move on after lying about his wife, and sleeping with his servant.
Sarah moved on after laughing at God.
Moses moved on after committing murder.
Moses moved on after committing murder.
Peter had to moved on after denying and leaving Christ.
Peter had to moved on after denying and leaving Christ.
Paul Moved on after breathing murderous threats and imprisoning Christians.
Jospeh had to move on after being betrayed by his brothers.
Daniel had to move on after being taken into captivity and being castrated.
Esther moved on, victim to champion
The past wants to hold you back or take you back.
Points about moving on
You can’t skip step one!
Skip steps.
Show offs.
Reconcile
Forgive
Mark 11:25 ESV
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Forgiven people forgive people. Lords Prayer.
Ask for forgiveness
Matthew 5:23–24 ESV
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23 ESV
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
Ask for forgiveness
So many fail to find freedom from their past because they are unwilling to start with step one.
Ask for forgiveness
Matt
2. Forget the ruins.
Abandon Ship
Moving on Completley.
1. The past only wants to hold you back or take you back.
Isaiah 43:18–19 ESV
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Your past can be stories of victory instead of identity.
Isa 43
Isaiah 43:18–20 ESV
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,

Dont Reminisce about sin.
Israelites did that with Egypt, God hated it.
God wants to take you forward for a new work.
Philippians 3:13 ESV
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
Neglect the past.
Joshua 6:26 ESV
Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho. “At the cost of his firstborn shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.”
Josh
Never rebuild the ruins of your past.
3. Identity Crisis.
Witness protection. Fake passports in a safe with 10k. Or a story of finding out you are secretly royalty. Many films show some form of identity crisis.
The Story of the Gospel is in itself about an Identity Crisis.
Created in the Image of God for Good, sin entered in the world and all that is good was tainted by sin.
God redeems us through the work of Christ.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2 Corinthians 5:17–18 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians 5:17–18 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
Your past can be tales of victory instead of memories of identity.
Joseph
Brothers try to kill him, sell him into slavery instead.
Ends up a servant in Egypt. Is falsely accused of trying to rape his masters wife.
Thrown into prison.
Interpret dreams and those men forget about him.
Until Pharoah needs a dream interpreted.
Correctly interprets the dream. Is a prophecy of famine.
He is able to lead an effort of storing up food, saves his people.
Brothers come to Egypt looking for food because of the famine.
Joseph Forgives and claims Victory in God.
Genesis 45:1–7 ESV
Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.
Genesis 50:20 ESV
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Joseph didn't take the betrayal and being sold in to slavery as Identity but as a tale of Victory.
Joseph found his identity and self worth not in the past but in God. It changed his perspective on everything.
Today we will partake of the Lords Supper or Communion. This is a holy Sacrament instated by Christ the night before he died to symbolize the work of the cross.
He gave us this to partake of in remembrance of the sacrifice he made on our behalf.
If you are not sure if you have met Jesus and given your life completely to him as Lord and Savior today is your chance to give your life to him completely, Believing in the power of the sacrifice he made on the cross and the power he had rising from the dead conquering sin and death to offer us newness of life.
If you believe that and are ready to give your life over to him and to have the new life he promised, to be a new creation. Now is the time you can pray on your own and partake of the bread and cup. If you make that decision the bible says you need to tell someone about it. So come and tell us!
For those of you here today that
Maybe you are struggling to forgive.
Or afraid to ask for forgiveness
Maybe there are these moments in your past that bring to much pain or shame to move on.
Maybe there are sins you keep going back to and rebuilding.
Maybe you struggle believing the Identity that Christ has given you.
Today during communion you can take a moment trust in the power and work of Christ and move on.
Communion
Matthew 26:26–28 ESV
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
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