Sun, 2020-03-01 12:09
LIVING GOD’S DREAM DESPITE PAST POOR DECISIONS
Time to Dream: – Part 2
Has anybody here never made any bad choices or poor decisions in the past?
James 3:2 (NIV) We all stumble in many ways …
(NLT) Indeed, we all make many mistakes …
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (LB) And there is not a single man in all the earth who is always good and never sins.
Of course, the only exception here is the God-Man Jesus Christ who has lived a perfectly sinless life.
Romans 3:23 (LB) Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal;
Luke 19:10 (Msg) For (I) the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”
Jesus Christ came to restore us to God, and to His plan for our lives.
A. RECOVERING GOD’S ORIGINAL DREAM FOR ME
- Honestly accept responsibility for my poor choices
Luke 15:18 (NKJV) I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.
4 common causes for poor decisions as seen in Peter's betrayal of Jesus:
- Pride & Arrogance
Mark 14:29 (NCV) Peter said, “Everyone else may stumble in their faith, but I will not.”
Peter elevated himself as better than everybody else, and in doing so he set himself up for a fall.
Proverbs 11:2 (NLT) Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
- Fatigue & Exhaustion
Mark 14:37–38 (NCV) Then Jesus went back to his followers and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 38 Stay awake and pray for strength against temptation. The spirit wants to do what is right, but the body is weak.”
Never make a major decision when you are tired or depressed.
- Fear of disapproval or rejection
Mark 14:54a (NIV) Peter followed him (Jesus) at a distance …
John 3:1–2 (NKJV) There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night …
Nicodemus knew that Jesus had been sent by God, but he wasn’t prepared to openly associate with Him and acknowledge Him as Lord.
- Short-term pleasure – Instant gratification
Mark 14:54 (NIV) Peter…sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
Peter did what felt good instead of doing what was right. He tried to blend in with the guards instead of standing with Jesus.
Anytime we place comfort before character we make poor decisions.
Luke 22:31–32 (LB) Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have you, to sift you like wheat, 32 but I have pleaded in prayer for you that your faith should not completely fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up the faith of your brothers.
Jesus wants us to help others with what we have learned through our mistakes.
2. HUMBLY ASK FOR GOD’S MERCY & FORGIVENESS
Psalm 51:1–3 (NLT) Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. 2 Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
Psalm 51:6–7, 8-10 (NLT) But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. … 8 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. 9 Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
David was brutally honest in his repentance before God.
3. GRATEFULLY ACCEPT GOD’S AMAZING GRACE!
Ephesians 1:7 (NCV) In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death, and so we have forgiveness of sins. How rich is God’s grace.
Romans 8:1 (NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
B. WHY DOES SIN NOT INVALIDATE GOD’S DREAM FOR ME?
1. JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR ALL MY SINS!
1 John 2:2 (Msg) When he (Jesus) served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good — not only ours, but the whole world’s.
2. GOD’S GOODNESS IS NOT BASED ON MY PERFORMANCE
Titus 3:5 (NLT) He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy …
3. GOD’S CALLING & GIFTS ARE GIVEN UNCONDITIONALLY
Romans 11:29 (NKJV) For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
(NLT) For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.
God’s original plan for your life still stands. He doesn’t have a plan “B” for you.
4. GENEROUSLY FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE HURT ME
Matthew 6:14–15 (NLT) If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
5. COURAGEOUSLY FACE THE FUTURE WITH FAITH
Job 11:13-18 (CEV) Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, 14 and give up your sins—even those you do in secret. 15Then you won't be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.16 Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, 17 and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. 18 You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry.
Isaiah 43:18–19 (NIV) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
HOMEWORK FOR week #2 OF TIME TO DREAM
1. Each day: Continue reading at least one chapter of the Book
2. In your Small Group: Watch & discuss video lesson #2:
The 2nd Open Door: The Door To Authentic Relationships
3. Memorize this verse: So now there is no condemnation for those
who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NLT)
4. Next Weekend: How Do I Know When a Dream is from God?