Past, Present and Future

It is the end of 2014, or the beginning of 2015, depending on how you want to look at it.  Are you looking back?  Or looking forward?  As for me, I need to be focused on the present because I am supposed to be preaching.

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.

I.  The Past

As we think back over the past year there are events that stand out in our mind as good memories.  There are other things that are not so good.  We should appreciate the good things that happened in our life.   It is important to be able to recognize, enjoy and celebrate the good.

Those things that were not so good should be treated as learning opportunities.  We should learn from our mistakes.  We should learn how to deal better with adversity.  We should recognize that God will give us the wisdom to know what to do, and the strength to do it.  We can trust God to help us through the tough times.

II.  The Future

We can appreciate the past, and we can look forward to, and plan for, the future, but, we live in the moment.  We should seek to find the proper balance of fond memories, hopeful planning and current action.

We should press on.  This implies effort.  We should not simply coast through life.  We should actively pursue what God has called us to do.  We should continue to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, as He works in our lives.  We should be what we are supposed to be.

Don’t quit.  There are times when we may grow tired or discouraged, but we should not give up hope. God has promised to be with us and to help us through the time that we are here on earth.  There is a reason we are here.  God has a purpose for our lives.  We should fulfill that purpose.

These are the sermon notes from 12/31/14.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

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2 Responses to “Past, Present and Future”

  1. Gloria Says:

    ‘don’t coast’ — I love to coast when riding a bicycle but sometimes that sneaks into how we live and we aren’t even aware of it.
    Good word!!!

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