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Tues live zoom battle prayer 4/4/23

Tues morning zoom battle prayer link 5:00am-6:00am. Come and go as you can. See you in the morning:

Battle music link for the morning:

Notes available after the call session:

Battle prayer notes 4/4/23

Worship song this morning

Good morning brother,

Day one topic: How are we to live in view of the past? Making peace with the past. How does God want us to look at our past sins and failures? Are we wasting away because we can’t let go of our regrets and shame? Your past doesn’t have to define you. God can give you a new life hidden in Christ.

God is bringing people back to life. The enemy thought he had you but Jesus said you are his.

In the same way that Israel was exhorted to trust in God and look toward the fulfillment of His promises, we are encouraged to keep our eyes focused on the Author and Finisher of the faith so that we will be able to run the race He has set before us (Hebrews 12:1–2). God has made commitments, and He always keeps those commitments. Because of that we can read His Word and take it at face value, knowing that what He has said He will bring to pass. Like Israel, we can remember not the former things or consider the things of old. We also have a past riddled with failure and sin (Ephesians 2:1–3), and, as He will do with the nation of Israel, God has intervened to resolve our past and redeem us for a life of newness, hope, purpose, and joy (Ephesians 2:4–10).

John Piper famously says, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, but you may be aware of 2 or 3 of them.” Indeed, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:9).

We are not to forget everything, however, in the sense of being oblivious to it. In fact, there are many times God instructs us to remember. In Deuteronomy 9:7, Moses tells the Israelites to “remember this and never forget how you aroused the anger of the Lord your God in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the Lord.” We are encouraged to remember all God has done for us (Psalm 77:11; 103:2), others who are suffering for Christ’s sake (Hebrews 13:3; Colossians 4:18), and what we were before Jesus saved us (Ephesians 2:11–12; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11). But the remembering should be to the glory of God and for our spiritual benefit. If we are cleansed by the blood of Christ, then no judgment remains for past failures (Romans 8:1). If God chooses not to remember our past sins (Hebrews 8:12), we can choose to set them aside as well and embrace the future He promises to those who love Him (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 2:10).

It’s easy to “live in the past.” Whether it’s a past victory that our minds continually replay or a past defeat that hangs over us like a shroud, it needs to be left in the past. Nothing hinders present service quite like being mired in another time. Modeling Paul’s forgetfulness means we count the past as nothing. We cut the strings that tie us to that bygone moment. We refuse to allow past successes to inflate our pride. We refuse to allow past failures to deflate our self-worth. We leave it behind and instead adopt our new identity in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

It takes time to receive God grace in our lives. To forgive ourselves.

Forgive the past. Let Jesus do a new thing.

Remember what Jesus has done for us in the past. What He did for us on the Cross. It will steer our present and lead our future.

God made him who had no sin to become sin.

Your past can be a testimony. I was able to overcome and so can someone else.

Your most embarrassing moment God can use to bring Himself glory through others who are struggling in the same way as you were.

The past can feel like chains. Christ has freed us to live for Him. We are called to always be pursing the righteousness of God!

“Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭21‬ ‭

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭22‬ ‭

“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭37‬-‭39‬ ‭

Relationship with God in Christ first, teaches how to handle other relationships in our lives in a honorable and respectful way.

Thank you for another great day of Zoom Battle Prayer.


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