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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Don't Let The Past Define You
“Don’t Let The Past Define You” By Zach Wood Mark 14:27-31, 66-72
Life is not void of mistakes and failures.We are imperfect and we will make mistakes
and fail at things sometimes.We will be
lured by temptations in the world to follow a path that takes us into sin.We will also have things that happen to us
that we cannot control, but still make us feel ashamed and unworthy of true
We must remember that our past does not define who we
are.Our past may contain consequences
of mistakes we have made or pain from things that have happened to us, but that
does not mean that we are failures.We
have made mistakes and we have failed, but we are not considered failures in
the eyes of God Who created us so beautifully!
In this passage, we read about Jesus predicting Peter’s
denial.Peter insists that he will never
turn away from Jesus or deny Him.But
then later we read about how Peter moved on.Peter was human and he messed
up.He was crushed after he heard the
rooster crow three times.I can’t
imagine the immediate heartache that hit him when he heard the tragic alarm
reminder of what Jesus had predicted.Peter wept bitterly.He was
heartbroken.But Jesus forgave him and
then in Acts, Peter preaches a powerful sermon on the Day of Pentecost to start
the early church.Wow!
All of us can relate to Peter in some way.And perhaps maybe someone reading this has
made more mistakes in your life that you can count and you think all you have
done defines who you are and that you don’t deserve redemption.It is so easy to let the past failures of our
life define who we are, but Christ wants us to know that He gives hope that no
one else can give.We can break through
the shackles of shame from our past hurts and mistakes.
Don’t let the past define you, let Christ define you!