“MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR PAST, SO YOU MAY ENJOY THE
PRESENT AND NOT FEAR THE FUTURE”
SCRIPTURE READING: I JOHN 1:4 – 2:2
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Micah
is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity,
and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of
His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever,
because He delighteth in mercy.
He will turn again, He will have compassion
upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou
wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
“A boy kills the family rooster.”
I. MAKING PEACE WITH YOUR PAST.
The Bible tells us that we are all sinners and are
facing the judgment of God.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come
short of the glory of God;
If we claim to be free from sin we are deceiving
I JOHN 1:8 If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we claim to be free from sin we are calling God a
I JOHN 1:10 If we say that we have not
sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the
father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the
soul that sinneth, it shall die.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but
after this the judgment:
NOTE: It has been often said you can’t do
anything about the past, but this is not true.
We can’t undo the past but we can get rid of the
sins of the past.
1 John 1:7, 9 But if we walk in the
light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We can have the confidence that if we come to Christ
and confess our sins and accept Him as our Savior we
have made peace with our past.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: not of works, lest any man should
NOTE: If we fail to make peace with our past
then we are faced with living in fear of God’s
Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are
afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.
Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Isaiah 66:4 (NLT) I will send great
troubles against them—all the things they feared.
For when I called, they did not answer. When I
spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately
sinned—before my very eyes—and chose to do what they
know I despise."
Hebrews 10:27 (NLT) There will be nothing
to look forward to but the terrible expectation of
God's judgment and the raging fire that will consume
ENJOYING THE PRESENT.
A life that lacks peace cannot be truly enjoyed.
Isaiah 48:22 & Isaiah 57:21 There is no
peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
If we fail to make peace with our past we will be
domed to live without peace.
Isaiah 48:18 (NLT) Oh, that you had
listened to my commands! Then you would have had
peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness
rolling like waves.
Romans 8:6 (NLT)
If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is
death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind,
there is life and peace.
When we make peace with our past we will enjoy the
present life in Christ.
Philip. 4:7 (NLT) If you do this, you
will experience God's peace, which is far more
wonderful than the human mind can understand. His
peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live
in Christ Jesus.
When we make peace with God we will posses the Peace
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
whose thoughts are fixed on you!
"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and
heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the
world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace
in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and
sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the
III. HAVING NO FEAR OF THE FUTURE.
Those who have failed to make peace with their past
will be faced with the White Throne Judgment.
Revelation 20:11-15 (NLT) And I saw a
great white throne, and I saw the one who was
sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his
presence, but they found no place to hide.
I saw the dead, both great and small,
standing before God's throne. And the books were
opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead
were judged according to the things written in the
books, according to what they had done.
The sea gave up the dead in it, and death and
the grave gave up the dead in them. They were all
judged according to their deeds.
And death and the grave were thrown into the
lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of
And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the
Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
For those who have made peace with their past by
accepting Jesus Christ as Savior can look forward to
eternity without fear.
They have no fear of judgment because Jesus took
their judgment for them at the cross.
They will have a new home in heaven.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it
were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare
a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I
will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also.
There will no sin.
Revelation 21:27 (NLT) Nothing evil will
be allowed to enter—no one who practices shameful
idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names
are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Those who have made peace with their past
will dwell with God forever.
Revelation 21:3 (NLT) I heard a loud
shout from the throne, saying, "Look, the home of
God is now among his people! He will live with them,
and they will be his people. God himself will be
There will be no suffering.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither
shall there be any more pain: for the former things
are passed away.
CONCLUSION: Have you made peace with your
past so you can enjoy the present and look forward
to the future without fear?
OF THE FATHER”
TEXT: Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil,
know how to give good gifts unto your children, how
much more shall your Father which is in heaven give
good things to them that ask him?
INTRO: Fathers who truly love their children
love to give gifts to them.
Sometimes they are little gifts other times they are
But they all are given in the spirit of love.
How much more does our Heavenly Father long to give
James 1:17 Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.
I. HE GIVES US STRENGTH:
NOTE: There are times when each of us fine
ourselves face with a situation that is beyond our
ability to handle, that is when God steps in and
grants us the strength we need.
ILL: A Father’s Hand
God will never do for us what we can do for
ILL: The valley of ditches (2 Kings 3)
Psalm 18:29 (NLT) In your strength I can
crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I
will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the
right hand of my righteousness.
2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take
pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT) For I can do
everything with the help of Christ who gives me the
strength I need.
II. HE GIVES US COURAGE:
NOTE: What causes you to be fearful?
Possessing God’s love in our lives will cast out
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but
perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath
torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in
When we know that God loves us and that He has all
power and wisdom, we have no need to fear whatever
we are experiencing.
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I
will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord
Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is
become my salvation.
ILL: Three Hebrew Children
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said
to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to
answer thee in this matter.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to
deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he
will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
III. HE GIVES US THE HOLY SPIRIT.
John 14:16-17 (NLT)
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you
another Counselor, who will never leave you.
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all
truth. The world at large cannot receive him,
because it isn't looking for him and doesn't
recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you
now and later will be in you.
IV. HE GIVES US HIS PROMISE TO ALWAYS BE WITH US:
All of us will face times of difficulty, sorrow and
pain, when we feel all alone.
Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) When you go through
deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will
not drown! When you walk through the fire of
oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames
will not consume you.
V. HE GIVES US HIMSELF:
NOTE: The greatest gift a father can give
his children is himself.
A boy borrowing $ 5.00 from his father.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have
God has given Himself completely because He loves
It’s not a case of God not willing to spend time
with us; it is a case of us not willing to spend
time with God.
Not only does God give to us Himself but He also
gives to us all the resources of heaven.
CONCLUSION: What more could we ask for?
“THAT WE ALL MAY BE ONE”
SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 12:1-16
TEXT: Romans 12:5 (NLT)
So it is with Christ's body. We are all
parts of his one body, and each of us has different
work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ,
we belong to each other, and each of us needs all
INTRO: God created us with the desire to be
one with us, but sin separated us from God.
Genesis 3:8-9 And they heard the voice of
the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of
the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from
the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said
unto him, Where art thou?
NOTE: God was seeking Adam, Adam was not
Since the time of the Fall, God has sought to
restore this unity between Himself and man.
God did His part to restore unity between Him and
man at Calvary, now it is up to us to do our part by
present ourselves as a LIVING SACRIFICE unto
Romans 12:1 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you
to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and
holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you
think of what he has done for you, is this too much
NOTE: God requires us to present our bodies
(life) as a LIVING SACRIFICE to Him.
The thought of a LIVING SACRIFICE is an
Sacrifice means something has to die.
Living means something is alive.
We must die to self and live to God.
This requires a whole new way of living.
We no longer live to please ourselves or anyone else
outside of God.
Being a LIVING SACRIFICE means that there are
times when it will be un-pleasant.
This requires a whole new way of thinking.
Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don't copy the behavior
and customs of this world, but let God transform you
into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you
will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will
As Christians we must have a different mind set than
those of this world.
We must be no longer driven by what pleases us, or
by the things of this world; we must be driven by
And what is pleasing to God: Living in unity with
And what is the key to live in unity with God?
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man,
what is good; and what doth the Lord require of
thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to
walk humbly with thy God?
Romans 12:3 (NLT) As God's messenger, I
give each of you this warning: Be honest in your
estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how
much faith God has given you.
NOTE: This is a warning, something we need
to pay close attention to.
There are two types of false humility: verbal
humility and low self-esteem.
True humility has two fronts: one towards God and
the second towards others.
If we are to live in unity with God we must live in
unity with fellow believers, (this means not only
those within our church doors but also fellow
believer of other churches).
Romans 12:4-5 (NLT) Just as our bodies
have many parts and each part has a special
function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all
parts of his one body, and each of us has different
work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ,
we belong to each other, and each of us needs all
The thought that attracted me to the Church of God
was that all blood washed ones were brothers and
sisters in Christ.
“If God calls a person his child, shouldn’t I call
him by brother?” And, If God accepts others with
their errors and misinterpretations, shouldn’t we”
We are seldom surprised or disappointed at God’s
judgments, but we are often surprised and sometimes
frustrated at His grace.
We are quick to rejoice over the judgment of the
wicked; we should just as quick or even quicker to
rejoice over their repentance.
Three grace surprises:
Zacchaeus. Luke 19:9-10 And Jesus said
unto him, This day is salvation come to this house,
forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the
Son of man is come to seek and to save that which
The woman caught in adultery. John 8:11
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her,
Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
The thief on the cross. Luke 23:43 And
Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today
shalt thou be with me in paradise.
God does not require doctrinal perfection or
membership in a certain denomination so why should
1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (NLT) The human
body has many parts, but the many parts make up only
one body. So it is with the body of Christ.
Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some
are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been
baptized into Christ's body by one Spirit, and we
have all received the same Spirit.
Yes, the body has many different parts, not
just one part.
Corinthians 12:18-20 (NLT)
But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has
put each part just where he wants it.
What a strange thing a body would be if it
had only one part!
Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.
Corinthians 12:22-26 (NLT)
In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and
least important are really the most necessary.
And the parts we regard as less honorable are
those we clothe with the greatest care. So we
carefully protect from the eyes of others those
parts that should not be seen, while other parts do
not require this special care. So God has put the
body together in such a way that extra honor and
care are given to those parts that have less
This makes for harmony among the members, so that
all the members care for each other equally.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer
with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts
Let us offer the right hand of fellowship to all
other True Believer and let us seek the salvation of
all these who are lost.
WHEN GOD WHISPERS YOU NAME:
Max Lucado; Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas pg. 51