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We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n Our God will allow us to be tested so that good things may come into our lives. (Jer 17:9-10)

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1 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n Our God will allow us to be tested so that good things may come into our lives. (Jer 17:9-10)

2 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n NKJ Jeremiah 17:9 - " The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

3 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n One of the purposes of a test from God is for us to see ourselves!

4 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n When handled properly, this is always a humbling process that allows us to see both God and ourselves better.

5 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n When handled properly, this is always a humbling process that allows us to see both God and ourselves better. n We are in a constant battle for our hearts and minds. It is difficult to keep a heart tender and faithful before God.

6 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n When handled properly, this is always a humbling process that allows us to see both God and ourselves better. n We are in a constant battle for our hearts and minds. It is difficult to keep a heart tender and faithful before God. n You do not really know another or even yourself until you go through a test.

7 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n Do you have an approved character? (Rom 5:3-5)

8 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n NKJ Romans 5:3 - And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

9 We can allow the past to destroy us if we are not careful. n The main cause of Christian’s falling away in my experience is here. They allowed their minds to be consumed by their hurt rather than on the hope of heaven!

10 We must constantly be moving forward n Many make the mistake of stopping. (Lk 9:62)

11 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ Luke 9:62 - But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

12 We must constantly be moving forward n We need to have the courage to face a problem and take the time necessary to do what the Lord has said.

13 We must constantly be moving forward n I am not suggesting that we run from any problem. If we run from a problem it will only get bigger!

14 We must constantly be moving forward n I am not suggesting that we run from any problem. If we run from a problem it will only get bigger! n What do you do when you have responded as the Lord has instructed?

15 We must constantly be moving forward n I am not suggesting that we run from any problem. If we run from a problem it will only get bigger! n What do you do when you have responded as the Lord has instructed? n We often get bogged down in things that are not given for us to do by God!

16 We must constantly be moving forward n Consider the limitations of teaching God’s word. (1 Cor 3:5-7)

17 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ 1 Corinthians 3:5 - Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

18 We must constantly be moving forward n What has God given us to do? What do we do with the rest? (Phil 4:6-7)

19 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ Philippians 4:6 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

20 We must constantly be moving forward n This is where we learn if we are walking by faith or if we want to “whittle on God’s end of the stick!”

21 We must constantly be moving forward n How many Christians are burdened and ready to quit because of this?

22 We must constantly be moving forward n How many Christians are burdened and ready to quit because of this? n We must accept the things that we cannot change! (Phil 3:12-14)

23 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ Philippians 3:12 - Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

24 We must constantly be moving forward n We can break down and act like a baby when we lose our focus. Consider Elijah! (1 Kings 19:2-4, 14, 18)

25 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ 1 Kings 19:2 - Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time." 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

26 We must constantly be moving forward n 4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

27 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ 1 Kings 19:14 - And he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

28 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ 1 Kings 19:18 - "Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

29 We must constantly be moving forward n After instruction God put Elijah back to work. (1 Kings 19:15-16)

30 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ 1 Kings 19:15 - Then the LORD said to him: "Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 "Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.

31 We must constantly be moving forward n We can be satisfied with the past and allow that to be our focus. (Rev 2:2-4)

32 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ Revelation 2:2 - "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 "and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. 4 "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

33 We must constantly be moving forward n A living faith is full of zeal and moves you forward.

34 We must constantly be moving forward n A living faith is full of zeal and moves you forward. n How do you identify yourself before God? (Rom 1:14)

35 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ Romans 1:14 - I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.

36 We must constantly be moving forward n When we remember what God has done for us and what He is doing for us, then we will with strength move forward! (Titus 2:11-14)

37 We must constantly be moving forward n NKJ Titus 2:11 - For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

38 We must constantly be moving forward n 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

39 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Our minds are very complicated and not easily controlled.

40 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Our minds are very complicated and not easily controlled. n Have you had occasions where you could not stop thinking about a matter when you really wanted to stop?

41 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Our minds are very complicated and not easily controlled. n Have you had occasions where you could not stop thinking about a matter when you really wanted to stop? n We must develop a daily renewal and focus on God’s word with a personal application for my life. (Rom 12:1-3)

42 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

43 We must win the battle for the mind each day n 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

44 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Notice how the immediate warning of pride in our thoughts is given.

45 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Notice how the immediate warning of pride in our thoughts is given. n We need to constantly be looking ahead with the word of God. (Prov 4:20-27)

46 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ Proverbs 4:20 - My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

47 We must win the battle for the mind each day n 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

48 We must win the battle for the mind each day n We must win the battle over fear.

49 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Fear can change reality. You can easily create an image of another person or even an entire church! (1 Sam 22:8)

50 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ 1 Samuel 22:8 - "All of you have conspired against me, and there is no one who reveals to me that my son has made a covenant with the son of Jesse; and there is not one of you who is sorry for me or reveals to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as it is this day.“

51 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Fear can be easily shared. How many have died because of shared panic of a crowd (Num 13:30-14:9)

52 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Fear can be easily shared. How many have died because of shared panic of a crowd (Num 13:30-14:9) n Fearful people do not want to see the truth. It is not uncommon for fearful people to be surrounded by “yes” men (or women).

53 We must win the battle for the mind each day n When we are convinced that we cannot face a certain consequence then in our minds we will not! I have seen this in home studies. (Lk 10:29)

54 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ Luke 10:29 - But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?”

55 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Fearful people do not want open communication!

56 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Fearful people do not want open communication! n The Lord will test our faith by our fears. Surround yourself with men of faith!

57 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Fearful people do not want open communication! n The Lord will test our faith by our fears. Surround yourself with men of faith! n We must win the battle over anger and bitterness. (Heb 12:14-15)

58 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ Hebrews 12:14 - Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

59 We must win the battle for the mind each day n Cled Wallace wrote this about bitterness and church conflict:

60 We must win the battle for the mind each day n “Every observer of church troubles has noted conflicting reports of what actually happened by men who were considered reliable in matters where their personal feelings were not so deeply stirred. A truthful man can earn a reputation for being a consummate liar in a short time in the middle of a church fuss. And too often the reputation is deserved.” – “Bitterness, A Form of Religious Insanity”

61 We must win the battle for the mind each day n The terrible thing about bitterness is that it is very difficult to let go of. It will in time eat you up from the inside out. (Gal 5:19-21)

62 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ Galatians 5:19 - Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

63 We must win the battle for the mind each day n It is important for every member here to let go of your desire for vengeance and give it to God. Let it go and move on! (Rom 12:17-21)

64 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ Romans 12:17 - Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

65 We must win the battle for the mind each day n 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

66 We must win the battle for the mind each day n When you do this, the bitter one who is attacking you with their words get to see 2 things: Your joy in the Lord, and more time to dwell on their own anger. (Psa 23:4-5)

67 We must win the battle for the mind each day n NKJ Psalm 23:4 - Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

68 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n Do you think often about heaven and why you know you are going there?

69 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n Do you think often about heaven and why you know you are going there? n This is not just a good idea, it is essential! (1 Pt 1:13; Rom 8:24-25)

70 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ 1 Peter 1:13 - Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

71 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Romans 8:24 - For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

72 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n How can I keep from losing heart? (Gal 6:9; Eph 3:13)

73 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Galatians 6:9 - And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

74 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Ephesians 3:13 - Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

75 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n What is before you and what is behind you?

76 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n What is before you and what is behind you? n Judah had cast God and His word behind their backs. Future terror became a certainty. (Ezk 23:32-35; Psa 50:17-23)

77 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Ezekiel 23:32 - " Thus says the Lord GOD: 'You shall drink of your sister's cup, The deep and wide one; You shall be laughed to scorn And held in derision; It contains much. 33 You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, The cup of horror and desolation, The cup of your sister Samaria.

78 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n 34 You shall drink and drain it, You shall break its shards, And tear at your own breasts; For I have spoken,' Says the Lord GOD. 35 "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, Therefore you shall bear the penalty Of your lewdness and your harlotry.' “

79 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Psalm 50:17 - Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you? 18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers. 19 You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother's son.

80 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n 21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; You thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And set them in order before your eyes. 22 "Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.“

81 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n Jesus placed Satan and his thoughts behind His back. (Lk 4:8; Mk 8:33)

82 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Luke 4:8 - And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.‘”

83 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Mark 8:33 - But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

84 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n God has fully equipped us to finish well. (Heb 10:38-39)

85 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ Hebrews 10:38 - Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him." 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

86 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n The resurrection of Jesus gives me complete assurance of the great finish that I am pressing ahead to find! (1 Pt 1:3-8)

87 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n NKJ 1 Peter 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

88 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

89 We must fully give our focus to the finish line of heaven n 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,


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