Sunday, February 1, 2015

Seven Laws of the Harvest - Law 7

Dealing with Last Year’s Crop
Galatians 6:7-9
Law 7 Forgetting…We cannot do anything to change
last year's harvest, but we can impact this year's.
One of the more difficult of life’s lessons to learn is that we cannot live in the past. We cannot endlessly ride the crests of past victories; neither should we allow ourselves to be weighted down by past defeats. This seventh law teaches us to "go on." But, how do we “go on?”
The only proper preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.
It's not what if, it's what now?
How Do We Go On?

I. By Accepting that we cannot do anything to change last year’s harvest  Philippians 3:13-16

We must view failure from the right perspective.
Failing is a condition that can be changed. 
Being a failure means that I believe there is something wrong with me that cannot be changed. 
Failure serves a function: to remind us of our insufficiency.
When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future.  When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.
We must view success from the right perspective.
We cannot use past success as an excuse for ignoring present responsibilities.

II. By Recognizing that we must learn to live with the consequences of our failures

We must confess our failures and receive God’s forgiveness.
We must press on to the future with renewed dependence on God’s sufficiency.

III. By Committing ourselves to next year’s harvest  Joshua 3:5

When you bring yesterday or tomorrow into today you have lost the day.
How God Changes Us - Preparation For 50 Days Of Transformation
2 Corinthians 3:18
Transformation is not an event but a process. 

I. Transformation Requires New Thinking  Romans 12:2

Being conformed or transformed is a passive experience.    
You can change an action and not change the way you act.

II. Transformation Requires Honest Community  Ephesians 4:25

If there were more confessions of temptations there would be fewer confessions of sin.

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