Leaving The Past For A New Beginning

Scripture References: Isaiah 43:18-19; Hebrews 6:1-3

I. Introduction/Background

  • 2015 had just passed and we are now in 2016. Events of 2015 are still fresh from our memory, some were bad and some were good.  Though bad, we were able to overcome them and we were sustained through those challenges.
  • 2016 is another year to hurdle. There are many unknowns and uncertainties, but still we are prepared for the challenges; for we know that God will sustain us.  He will even provide us opportunities – great and small alike.  But just the same, He will not let us to be alone for He is our “Immanuel” (God with us).  All we have to do is to submit to His Will and Sovereignty and acknowledge Him in every step we will take.

II.Main Topic/Message Outline

A) The Past (v. 18)

  • Don’t cling on the past or be slave of it. Don’t dwell on it or entertain them in your thoughts. Otherwise, you cannot move on.  It will serve as a stumbling block for any future projects or undertakings

As Apostle said in Philippians 3:13, “…the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.”

That includes even the good things that happen as in our text; but we are allowed to remember them for our guides in the present and future undertakings

As Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God.”

  • What’s done is done; what’s gone is gone.

If it is about a relationship – forgive and forget and take steps or build a bridge toward mending a broken relation or for reconciliation.

If it is a project or undertaking gone astray – learn from it and don’t repeat the mistake or error that caused it.

If it is a sin or bad habits – lay it on Jesus’ feet and ask for forgiveness; He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9).  Don’t be like a dog who goes back to what it has vomited or like a pig that has been washed, rolling back in the mud (2nd Peter 2:22).

  • There is a new beginning for every Child of God. There is always hope. He is not finished with us yet.  He loves us and wants us to grow up.  We have an assurance from Him – “God who began a good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6)
  • Don’t stagnate but level up – “grow up”. Don’t remain drinking milk but start eating solid foods (Hebrews 5:12-14).  And there are countless ways of growing up!
  • Count the blessings, including trials, of the past. Give thanks and praise Him for that!

B) The Present and The Future (v. 19; Heb. 6:1-3)

  • Be sensitive and alert to God’s new agenda – “watch for it; it could already be happening or just in the corner.” God asks, “do you not perceive it?”
  • Don’t miss the opportunity that God is opening for us. There is a saying “opportunity knocks once”; and make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil and we are in the last days too (Ephesians 5:16).
  • Be a part of God’s business. You may regret it later for failing to join. Keep busy working for Him in His ministry; for nothing is useless in the Lord’s service (1st Corinthians 15:58).
  • Don’t fear about the future. He promised us with assurance – “I will make a road through the wilderness, and give you streams of water there” (v. 19); that is guidance, direction, protection and provisions and that is a positive “I will” and not “maybe”.
  • He alone knows His plan for us that will bring prosperity, plans that will bring the future we hope for (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • So by God’s grace, let’s move on and go forward. Face the incoming days of 2016 with confidence.

III. Conclusion/Application

Let’s join our hands in facing 2016 with confidence.  We have our God in our side.  He is our Team Captain, Guide, Director, Protector and Provider.  We will not fail – just submit, acknowledge and trust Him; and faithfully and consistently work with Him.  Work where He works.  Don’t go against His flow of direction.