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Let Go of the Past

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September 23, 2019
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Let Go of the Past

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Let Go of the Past

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  • We've been hurt, offended, disappointed,
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  • things happen we don't understand.
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  • But we can't move forward if we're always looking backwards.
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  • If we'll let it go we'll step into the new things
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  • God has in store.
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  • I'm Joel Osteen.
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  • No matter where you are or what challenges you're facing
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  • you can start living your best life now.
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  • The past can weigh us down like a load of heavy baggage.
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  • We've all had negative things happen to us,
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  • people did us wrong, the company let us go,
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  • the clerk was rude to us.
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  • It's easy to go through life offended,
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  • in self-pity, blaming ourselves,
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  • blaming our coworkers, even blaming God.
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  • Because we're always looking back, reliving the negative
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  • we end up carrying around a pile of baggage
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  • that does nothing but weigh us down.
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  • One of the best things you can learn to do is drop it.
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  • Let it go, whether it happened 20 years ago
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  • or 20 minutes ago, don't carry negative baggage
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  • from yesterday into today.
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  • You won't live a victorious life
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  • if you're always reliving what didn't work out,
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  • who hurt you, the mistakes you've made.
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  • The reason it's called the past
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  • is because it's done, it's over, it's history.
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  • Now do your part and let it go.
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  • "Well Joel this person walked out on me.
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  • "They broke my heart, that's why I'm bitter."
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  • They hurt you once, don't let them continue to hurt you
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  • by always thinking about it.
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  • That's going to keep you down, discouraged, no passion.
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  • As long as you're dwelling on it you're going to miss
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  • the new things God wants to do.
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  • God said he would give you beauty for ashes,
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  • but you have to let go of the ashes
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  • before you receive the beauty.
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  • He said he would take what was meant for harm
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  • and use it to your advantage.
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  • But you have to do your part and drop it.
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  • Quit thinking about it, quit reliving it.
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  • Move forward, there's a new beginning in front of you.
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  • But God will not release new opportunities
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  • as long as you're reliving the old hurts, old failures.
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  • You may have had a lot of negative things in your past,
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  • things that weren't fair, you had a rough childhood,
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  • your business didn't make it, you lost a loved one.
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  • You could easily go through life
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  • with a chip on your shoulder,
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  • not trusting anybody, bitter, resentful,
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  • but everything you went through deposited something
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  • on the inside.
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  • You're not defined by your past,
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  • you're prepared by your past.
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  • You're stronger, more experienced,
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  • you have greater confidence.
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  • If that hadn't have happened
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  • you wouldn't be prepared for the new levels
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  • that are coming your way.
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  • Don't go around with the poor old me mentality,
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  • feeling sorry for yourself.
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  • I've heard it said, "You can be pitiful
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  • "or you can be powerful, but you can't be both."
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  • You may have made some mistakes.
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  • You blew your marriage.
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  • You didn't raise your children right.
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  • You have a lot of regrets,
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  • but you can't do anything about what happened yesterday.
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  • Living guilty and condemned
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  • is not going to make anything better.
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  • It's time to drop it.
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  • If you'll get rid of that negative baggage
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  • you'll not only feel a weight lift off of you,
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  • but you'll step into the new things God has in store.
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  • The scripture says where the Spirit of the Lord is
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  • there is freedom.
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  • Not where the Spirit of the Lord was.
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  • If you're always thinking about yesterday,
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  • last month, last year, there's no freedom there.
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  • That's where the Spirit of the Lord was.
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  • This is a new day.
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  • There are new victories, new relationships,
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  • new opportunities.
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  • Quit living in what was and come over into what it.
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  • Right now there is freedom for you.
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  • Right now there are new beginnings,
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  • joy, peace, restoration.
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  • Crying over what happened yesterday doesn't bring freedom.
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  • Living in regret of what you should have done,
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  • could have done better doesn't do anything productive.
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  • Being offended, upset, frustrated over what didn't work out
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  • will only keep you in mediocrity.
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  • It's time to drop it and move forward.
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  • Nothing that's happened to you was a surprise to God.
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  • When he laid out the plan for your life
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  • he already knew every person that would hurt you,
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  • every loss you'd go through, every mistake.
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  • The good news is for every setback
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  • he's already arranged a comeback,
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  • for every disappointment a new beginning,
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  • for every failure restoration,
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  • for all the ashes he has beauty.
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  • You have to put your foot down and say, "That's it.
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  • "I may have been through some disappointmentS,
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  • "may have made some mistakes,
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  • "but I'm not going to waste the time I have left
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  • "worried about what I could have done better,
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  • "bitter over what didn't work out,
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  • "upset over who did me wrong.
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  • "I'm leaving what was and I'm coming over into what is.
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  • "I'm dropping the offense, dropping the self-pity,
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  • "dropping the blame, dropping the failure.
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  • "I'm done carrying the negative baggage.
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  • "I'm gonna live my life free."
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  • Here's the key, if somebody did you wrong
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  • leave it up to God.
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  • He'll be your vindicator.
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  • If you've made mistakes quit beating yourself up
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  • and receive God's mercy.
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  • It's new every morning.
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  • There are things you don't understand,
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  • worked hard but you didn't get the promotion.
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  • You did your best but your marriage didn't make it.
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  • Instead of dragging that negative baggage
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  • you have to be mature enough to say,
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  • "God I don't understand it, but I trust you.
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  • "I know you wouldn't have allowed it
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  • "if it wasn't going to somehow work to my advantage.
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  • "So I'm not going to get bItter,
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  • "not going to live looking in my rear view mirror.
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  • "I'm gonna keep moving forward
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  • "knowing that my best days are still up ahead."
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  • Just like that you can drop it,
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  • all that hurt, that baggage you can let it go.
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  • You can't change your history
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  • but you can choose how you face what's in front of you.
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  • You can start living your best life now.
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  • - You may have had a rough start,
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  • but you don't have to have a rough finish.
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  • The scripture says, "Better is the end than the beginning."
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  • That's God's word for you today, better is the end.
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  • Keep your eyes on what's ahead.
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  • Maybe you've had a disappointment, somebody broke your heart
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  • a dream didn't work out, the medical report wasn't good.
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  • Don't get stuck in what happened yesterday.
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  • Don't keep dwelling on the negative.
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  • God is saying, "Something better is coming."
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  • There may be some rough spots in the middle,
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  • but don't stay focused on the betrayal.
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  • Better is coming.
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  • The loan didn't come through,
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  • don't sit around in self-pity, better is coming.
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  • You pray and believed, but the medical report wasn't good.
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  • That's one report, but God has another report.
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  • He says, "Better is coming."
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  • Now don't cancel out the better
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  • by living in yesterday, dwelling in the negative,
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  • regrets, failures, what didn't work out.
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  • If your mind is always in yesterday
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  • you're going to move in that direction.
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  • You can't go forward looking backwards.
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  • Receive this into your spirit, better is coming.
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  • Healing is coming, breakthroughs are coming,
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  • new opportunities are coming.
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  • Paul said in Philippians, "I focus all my energies
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  • "on this one thing.
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  • "Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward
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  • "to what lies ahead."
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  • Here's a man that wrote over half of the New Testament.
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  • He could have said, "I focus all my energies
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  • "on being a better writer,
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  • "on improving my leadership skills,
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  • "on impacting the culture more effectively,"
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  • but he said in effect, "what's more important
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  • "than all of that is letting go of what lies behind."
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  • He knew if we carried negative baggage
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  • it would keep us from our destiny.
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  • Paul had been through a lot of adversities.
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  • He was falsely accused, beaten with rods,
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  • put in prison, gone without food,
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  • shipwrecked, on and on.
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  • If he hadn't learned this principle
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  • he would have become bitter, discouraged,
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  • "God why did this happen to me?
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  • "Look what I've been through.
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  • "It's not fair."
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  • He felt so strongly in one translation he said,
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  • "I'm not all I should be yet,
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  • "but this one thing I do forgetting what lies behind."
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  • He was an expert at dropping it.
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  • So how do we drop it?
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  • Quit thinking about it and quit talking about it.
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  • Don't rehearse all of the negative things
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  • that have happened to you.
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  • The reason some people never see the better
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  • is because they're always opening up old wounds.
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  • Every week they call their friend,
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  • "Can you believe what they did to me?"
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  • Happened 27 years ago and they're still dragging it up
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  • like it happened yesterday.
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  • If you're going to get free you need to not only drop it,
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  • you need to bury it, have a funeral for it.
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  • Put it away once and for all.
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  • Make a decision that you're not going
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  • to talk about it another time.
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  • That betrayal, the disappointment, that injustice,
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  • it's dead, it's over, it's buried, it's in the past.
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  • If you go dig it up it's going to stink.
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  • It's not only going to make you sour,
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  • but nobody's going to want to be around you.
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  • When you're bitter you push people away.
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  • When you're offended, upset, holding a grudge,
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  • that pushes opportunities away.
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  • You have to get the stink out of your life.
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  • A while back I was traveling home from a big event.
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  • We left on a Thursday and came back on a Friday night,
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  • but I had forgotten to take any extra socks.
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  • I put my socks on Thursday morning,
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  • traveled to the city, finished a busy day.
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  • Then the next morning I put those same socks on.
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  • Went out, worked, spoke at an event,
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  • shook hands with hundreds of people afterwards.
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  • Course I had perspired, been hot.
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  • We got on the plane and I was tired.
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  • I took my shoes off,
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  • I put my feet on the chair in front of me.
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  • My wife Victoria nearly passed out.
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  • She said, "Joel put your shoes back on.
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  • "Your feet stink so badly."
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  • I said, "They do not stink, they smell just fine."
  • 00:11:12.080 --> 00:11:15.020
  • I couldn't smell a thing.
  • 00:11:15.020 --> 00:11:17.000
  • That's the problem
  • 00:11:17.000 --> 00:11:18.280
  • when you stink for so long you don't know it.
  • 00:11:18.280 --> 00:11:22.060
  • When you're carrying around unforgiveness,
  • 00:11:22.060 --> 00:11:24.230
  • bitterness, mad at somebody, offended at your neighbor
  • 00:11:24.230 --> 00:11:28.170
  • you may not realize it but it's making your life stink.
  • 00:11:28.170 --> 00:11:32.000
  • It's pushing people and opportunities away.
  • 00:11:32.000 --> 00:11:35.140
  • Why don't you let go of the stinky stuff?
  • 00:11:35.140 --> 00:11:38.060
  • Get rid of yesterday's socks.
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:40.180
  • There's an amazing future in front of you.
  • 00:11:40.180 --> 00:11:43.110
  • There is beauty for ashes, there is joy for mourning,
  • 00:11:43.110 --> 00:11:47.030
  • there is dancing for happiness,
  • 00:11:47.030 --> 00:11:49.030
  • but you have to do your part and move forward.
  • 00:11:49.030 --> 00:11:52.030
  • Mark chapter 11 Jesus was talking about
  • 00:11:53.070 --> 00:11:55.270
  • what we should do when somebody does us wrong.
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:11:58.280
  • He said in verse 25, "Forgive them and let it drop.
  • 00:11:58.280 --> 00:12:03.150
  • "Leave it and let it go."
  • 00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:06.080
  • Notice the principle, drop it, leave it and let it go.
  • 00:12:06.080 --> 00:12:11.080
  • Unforgiveness only locks you into your past.
  • 00:12:12.120 --> 00:12:14.290
  • It makes you a prisoner to your pain,
  • 00:12:14.290 --> 00:12:17.200
  • your bad memories, your regrets,
  • 00:12:17.200 --> 00:12:20.080
  • but you have the choice to leave that captivity.
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:23.110
  • Forgiveness is the key to that freedom.
  • 00:12:23.110 --> 00:12:26.100
  • Forgive the people that hurt you.
  • 00:12:26.100 --> 00:12:28.150
  • Forgive the boss that did you wrong.
  • 00:12:28.150 --> 00:12:30.210
  • Forgive the friend that betrayed you.
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:33.020
  • Forgive the loved one who broke your heart.
  • 00:12:33.020 --> 00:12:35.140
  • Forgive the parent who mistreated you.
  • 00:12:35.140 --> 00:12:37.210
  • Forgive your brother or sister.
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  • Freely you have been forgiven so freely give.
  • 00:12:39.290 --> 00:12:43.210
  • Drop it, leave it, let it go.
  • 00:12:43.210 --> 00:12:46.080
  • - May 11th 2002
  • 00:12:52.220 --> 00:12:55.270
  • my sister-in-law came and knocked on the door.
  • 00:12:55.270 --> 00:12:58.150
  • The next words that came out of her mouth were,
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:02.030
  • "There's been an accident.
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:03.100
  • "It was Meagan, she didn't make it."
  • 00:13:03.100 --> 00:13:05.160
  • - I woke up unconscious in the back seat of my truck.
  • 00:13:07.240 --> 00:13:11.110
  • They said that they were going to take a blood sample.
  • 00:13:11.110 --> 00:13:13.070
  • I asked them, "What for?"
  • 00:13:13.070 --> 00:13:16.010
  • And they said, "Well don't act like you don't know
  • 00:13:16.010 --> 00:13:18.050
  • "that there's two girls dead in the car over there."
  • 00:13:18.050 --> 00:13:20.230
  • - How am I gonna breathe?
  • 00:13:23.120 --> 00:13:24.240
  • How am I gonna manage without my daughter?
  • 00:13:24.240 --> 00:13:27.100
  • You know just what's life gonna look like without her?
  • 00:13:29.050 --> 00:13:31.140
  • I don't know, I mean it's just,
  • 00:13:31.140 --> 00:13:34.020
  • Megan I miss you, I miss her so much.
  • 00:13:34.020 --> 00:13:36.090
  • I miss her every single day.
  • 00:13:36.090 --> 00:13:38.030
  • - The results came back for the blood test
  • 00:13:38.030 --> 00:13:40.180
  • that said I was extremely over the limit.
  • 00:13:40.180 --> 00:13:43.060
  • I think it was two and a half times the legal limit.
  • 00:13:43.060 --> 00:13:45.290
  • - My first reaction was, "Why did he get to live
  • 00:13:47.050 --> 00:13:49.140
  • "and my daughter died?
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:51.120
  • "Why did two innocent girls die and he lived?"
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:53.210
  • - As I was led into the courtroom
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:56.280
  • that was the first time I'd actually faced the families.
  • 00:13:56.280 --> 00:14:00.040
  • - He pled not guilty when I knew that he was intoxicated
  • 00:14:02.000 --> 00:14:06.120
  • and I knew that it was his fault that this happened.
  • 00:14:06.120 --> 00:14:08.080
  • It was the choices that he made that caused this.
  • 00:14:08.080 --> 00:14:10.210
  • I had a lot of anger in me and looking at him
  • 00:14:11.260 --> 00:14:15.270
  • I'd been looking for remorse
  • 00:14:15.270 --> 00:14:17.260
  • and sorrow from him and I had not seen it
  • 00:14:17.260 --> 00:14:21.050
  • and I still didn't think I was seeing it during that trial.
  • 00:14:21.050 --> 00:14:23.220
  • I didn't see it in him.
  • 00:14:23.220 --> 00:14:25.150
  • - Renee had lost her daughter in a terrible tragedy,
  • 00:14:25.150 --> 00:14:28.250
  • something no parent should ever face.
  • 00:14:28.250 --> 00:14:31.030
  • How could she possibly move on?
  • 00:14:31.030 --> 00:14:33.040
  • - I knew that the bitterness would eat me alive.
  • 00:14:34.170 --> 00:14:36.230
  • I knew that the anger would as well
  • 00:14:36.230 --> 00:14:38.140
  • and I knew that it would chip away
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:40.060
  • at the person that God intended for me to be.
  • 00:14:40.060 --> 00:14:42.210
  • It would chip away at the mom I'm supposed to be,
  • 00:14:42.210 --> 00:14:45.080
  • at the friend that I'm supposed to be
  • 00:14:45.080 --> 00:14:46.270
  • and so I made a choice.
  • 00:14:46.270 --> 00:14:49.180
  • It's all about choices.
  • 00:14:49.180 --> 00:14:50.260
  • I made a choice, I'm not gonna be bitter.
  • 00:14:50.260 --> 00:14:53.090
  • I'm not gonna hate him.
  • 00:14:53.090 --> 00:14:54.120
  • I'm not gonna be angry forever.
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:56.150
  • I'm gonna deal with it as it comes
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:58.000
  • and I thought, "You know, I gotta trust God
  • 00:14:58.000 --> 00:14:59.290
  • "that this is the right thing to do."
  • 00:14:59.290 --> 00:15:02.210
  • - After a long seven day trial
  • 00:15:02.210 --> 00:15:05.180
  • I stand for judgment of the jury
  • 00:15:05.180 --> 00:15:09.100
  • and I hear them find me guilty of two counts
  • 00:15:09.100 --> 00:15:13.030
  • of DUI manslaughter.
  • 00:15:13.030 --> 00:15:14.110
  • Those first couple days in jail,
  • 00:15:15.280 --> 00:15:17.230
  • the chaplain came to the door with a Bible
  • 00:15:17.230 --> 00:15:20.170
  • that my mom had sent me.
  • 00:15:20.170 --> 00:15:22.040
  • As I read, obviously I started in Genesis,
  • 00:15:22.040 --> 00:15:24.150
  • started at page one and I couldn't believe these stories
  • 00:15:24.150 --> 00:15:28.200
  • that were so relevant to my situation,
  • 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:31.160
  • to every situation that I've ever come into.
  • 00:15:31.160 --> 00:15:35.200
  • Hope just started to reenter my soul.
  • 00:15:35.200 --> 00:15:39.000
  • - When I looked at Eric at the sentencing
  • 00:15:40.040 --> 00:15:42.040
  • I saw a young man
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:43.190
  • who made a really horrible choice.
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:48.190
  • He's facing a long time in prison.
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:51.020
  • - What I was really expecting was for someone
  • 00:15:52.130 --> 00:15:55.090
  • in the audience, for something, a loud outburst of hatred
  • 00:15:55.090 --> 00:16:00.110
  • to come towards me cause that what I was feeling for myself.
  • 00:16:01.250 --> 00:16:04.090
  • - Grief is suffocating at times,
  • 00:16:04.090 --> 00:16:06.010
  • but my faith in God sustains me.
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:08.000
  • Eric I'm telling you here today that I forgive you.
  • 00:16:09.140 --> 00:16:11.290
  • I actually did it a year ago.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:13.270
  • Forgiveness is such an essential part of healing.
  • 00:16:13.270 --> 00:16:17.070
  • I've never hated you or your family.
  • 00:16:17.070 --> 00:16:20.040
  • In fact we agonize for everyone
  • 00:16:21.000 --> 00:16:22.230
  • who is affected by this.
  • 00:16:22.230 --> 00:16:25.210
  • - I remember it so vividly.
  • 00:16:25.210 --> 00:16:28.070
  • She stopped what she was doing
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:30.050
  • and she made a point of turning and facing
  • 00:16:30.050 --> 00:16:32.080
  • and looking at me when she was giving
  • 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:34.150
  • her victim impact statement.
  • 00:16:34.150 --> 00:16:36.030
  • And she looked at me and she said,
  • 00:16:36.030 --> 00:16:37.130
  • "Eric I forgive you."
  • 00:16:37.130 --> 00:16:39.120
  • And talk about being a living example
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:45.160
  • of what the Bible says.
  • 00:16:45.160 --> 00:16:47.010
  • I strove from that moment on
  • 00:16:47.270 --> 00:16:49.260
  • to figure out how she could possibly do that.
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:55.150
  • - Because God gave us, it's a command,
  • 00:16:55.150 --> 00:16:58.010
  • he gave us that command.
  • 00:16:58.010 --> 00:16:58.290
  • He didn't give us an option.
  • 00:16:58.290 --> 00:17:00.090
  • He didn't say, "Forgive, but only if they do this
  • 00:17:00.090 --> 00:17:03.010
  • "and you don't have to forgive if they do this."
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:04.260
  • It's forgive 70 times 7.
  • 00:17:04.260 --> 00:17:07.090
  • It's you have to forgive.
  • 00:17:07.090 --> 00:17:09.080
  • - A belief is only as strong as the actions that it produces
  • 00:17:09.080 --> 00:17:12.260
  • and whenever she turned to me and said, "I forgive you,"
  • 00:17:14.100 --> 00:17:17.080
  • I was all in for Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:17.080 --> 00:17:19.220
  • - Renee's extraordinary decision
  • 00:17:19.220 --> 00:17:21.240
  • to forgive Eric was just the beginning.
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:24.160
  • Over the next five years Eric found his faith in God.
  • 00:17:24.160 --> 00:17:28.190
  • From jail he developed a relationship with Renee's family
  • 00:17:28.190 --> 00:17:32.190
  • and then Renee decided to do something
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:34.280
  • even more remarkable.
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:36.250
  • She pleaded to the judge to reduce his sentence.
  • 00:17:36.250 --> 00:17:40.000
  • - Now that Eric has said that he's taking responsibility
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:43.260
  • I feel like 22 years,
  • 00:17:43.260 --> 00:17:45.060
  • and my family we feel like
  • 00:17:45.060 --> 00:17:46.130
  • it's too long for him to be there.
  • 00:17:46.130 --> 00:17:48.140
  • I think we should go back before the judge
  • 00:17:48.140 --> 00:17:50.010
  • and see if he'll restructure the sentences to concurrent.
  • 00:17:50.010 --> 00:17:53.130
  • - They called us for a hearing in 2006.
  • 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:58.000
  • The Napier family to show up that day on my behalf,
  • 00:17:58.000 --> 00:18:01.140
  • to have written letters to the judge,
  • 00:18:01.140 --> 00:18:03.260
  • I mean I'm undeserving you know.
  • 00:18:03.260 --> 00:18:08.030
  • The grace, underserved mercy.
  • 00:18:08.030 --> 00:18:10.170
  • - My heart was about to pop, I was just so thankful
  • 00:18:10.170 --> 00:18:13.140
  • that my children had compassion on him
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:16.190
  • and that they were forgiving him as well.
  • 00:18:16.190 --> 00:18:19.110
  • - And then the judge came back and he told me
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:21.040
  • that this was something he had never seen
  • 00:18:21.040 --> 00:18:23.180
  • in the 20 years plus that he had been on the bench.
  • 00:18:23.180 --> 00:18:26.140
  • And he said, "Because of this and what's going on
  • 00:18:26.140 --> 00:18:28.140
  • "I believe this is a mitigating factor
  • 00:18:28.140 --> 00:18:30.130
  • "and I'm gonna reduce your sentence."
  • 00:18:30.130 --> 00:18:32.080
  • - After Eric's sentence was reduced
  • 00:18:32.080 --> 00:18:34.160
  • Renee wanted to tell the world
  • 00:18:34.160 --> 00:18:36.060
  • about the dangers of drinking and driving.
  • 00:18:36.060 --> 00:18:39.050
  • While Eric was still in prison Renee petitioned
  • 00:18:39.050 --> 00:18:42.100
  • for Eric to be allowed to travel and speak
  • 00:18:42.100 --> 00:18:44.230
  • in high school auditoriums.
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:46.280
  • Their first speaking event together
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:49.020
  • was at Meagan's former high school.
  • 00:18:49.020 --> 00:18:51.070
  • - I just prayed and I said, "God I've prayed so much
  • 00:18:54.160 --> 00:18:57.100
  • "up until this point and I don't even know
  • 00:18:57.100 --> 00:19:00.080
  • "what to pray right now except this, please show up
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:04.130
  • "because I know that if you show up
  • 00:19:04.130 --> 00:19:05.220
  • "then I don't have to worry about anything."
  • 00:19:05.220 --> 00:19:08.080
  • And so I walked into that gym
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:09.290
  • and got before those students and God just was there
  • 00:19:09.290 --> 00:19:12.290
  • in that moment and then when I introduced Eric
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:15.010
  • they were so shocked, they were not expecting that.
  • 00:19:15.010 --> 00:19:18.260
  • - I was escorted out there by an officer
  • 00:19:18.260 --> 00:19:22.220
  • and they unhooked my handcuffs
  • 00:19:22.220 --> 00:19:24.200
  • so I could hold the microphone
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:26.140
  • and in that moment Renee walked up to me
  • 00:19:26.140 --> 00:19:30.140
  • and she didn't just hand me the microphone,
  • 00:19:30.140 --> 00:19:33.290
  • but she gave me a hug.
  • 00:19:33.290 --> 00:19:35.050
  • Feeling the love of someone that I had hurt so deeply,
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:40.080
  • feeling the forgiveness in action.
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:45.010
  • It wasn't that she just said it,
  • 00:19:45.010 --> 00:19:46.280
  • but now she was showing it outwardly for everyone to see.
  • 00:19:46.280 --> 00:19:51.280
  • - I felt like the audience really needed to see
  • 00:19:53.250 --> 00:19:57.040
  • that I was genuine.
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:19:58.140
  • That somebody can make a horrible choice
  • 00:19:58.140 --> 00:20:01.100
  • that takes the lives of two girls
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:03.240
  • and can be forgiven and then healing can begin
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:07.230
  • and you can actually be in the same place
  • 00:20:07.230 --> 00:20:10.200
  • at the same time with this person and you can be okay.
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:13.140
  • - I didn't think in those early days after the accident
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:18.170
  • that this was something that I would ever overcome,
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:22.180
  • the grief that I caused on May 11th of 2002.
  • 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:27.170
  • Overcoming my past is
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:30.190
  • a renewed life through Christ.
  • 00:20:32.140 --> 00:20:34.290
  • - The most important thing is to live
  • 00:20:34.290 --> 00:20:37.110
  • with love in your heart and forgiveness
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:39.090
  • so that you can have peace and joy
  • 00:20:39.090 --> 00:20:41.110
  • because honestly I think that's what we're all striving for.
  • 00:20:41.110 --> 00:20:45.090
  • - [All] Hi Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:07.130 --> 00:21:08.080
  • - I need some help.
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:09.030
  • - Dear Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:09.030 --> 00:21:09.290
  • - I have a question.
  • 00:21:09.290 --> 00:21:10.240
  • - Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:10.240 --> 00:21:12.020
  • - My anger sometimes gets the best of me.
  • 00:21:12.020 --> 00:21:13.000
  • - I don't know what to do.
  • 00:21:13.000 --> 00:21:13.280
  • - My stepson drives me nuts.
  • 00:21:13.280 --> 00:21:14.260
  • - My marriage is falling apart.
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:16.030
  • - I don't get it.
  • 00:21:16.030 --> 00:21:17.090
  • - [Man] How can I get my thoughts right?
  • 00:21:17.090 --> 00:21:18.220
  • - How can I know which direction God wants me to go?
  • 00:21:18.220 --> 00:21:19.260
  • - God isn't answering my prayers.
  • 00:21:19.260 --> 00:21:21.110
  • - [Man] Where's God when I'm struggling?
  • 00:21:21.110 --> 00:21:22.080
  • - How do I choose joy?
  • 00:21:22.080 --> 00:21:24.100
  • - I don't understand what's going on.
  • 00:21:24.100 --> 00:21:25.290
  • - Hey Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:25.290 --> 00:21:26.280
  • - My marriage is struggling.
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:28.060
  • - Do you even read these questions?
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:30.180
  • All I know is I want to start living my best life.
  • 00:21:30.180 --> 00:21:34.060
  • - Where do I start?
  • 00:21:34.060 --> 00:21:35.070
  • - [Both] But where do I start?
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:37.090
  • - I get questions like this all the time,
  • 00:21:37.090 --> 00:21:39.120
  • week after week people call in,
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:41.130
  • write in, reach out to us on social media.
  • 00:21:41.130 --> 00:21:44.160
  • I've learned that letting go of the past
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:46.280
  • is one of the hardest things for us to do
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:49.190
  • especially when we blame ourselves
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:51.260
  • for the things that have happened.
  • 00:21:51.260 --> 00:21:53.210
  • Maybe you need to bury that mistake you've made.
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:56.180
  • You've lived guilty, condemned,
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:21:58.210
  • down on yourself long enough, put it behind you.
  • 00:21:58.210 --> 00:22:02.040
  • No more talking about it.
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:03.280
  • No more letting the accuser make you feel unworthy.
  • 00:22:03.280 --> 00:22:07.110
  • "You don't deserve to be blessed.
  • 00:22:07.110 --> 00:22:09.060
  • "You're a failure."
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:10.120
  • Those lies will stink up your future.
  • 00:22:10.120 --> 00:22:13.040
  • Quit letting the negative play.
  • 00:22:13.040 --> 00:22:15.060
  • When the defeat, the mistake, the hurt comes back
  • 00:22:15.060 --> 00:22:18.100
  • on that movie screen of your mind
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:20.110
  • do yourself a favor, change the channel.
  • 00:22:20.110 --> 00:22:23.070
  • Have the attitude, "I'm not going backwards.
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:25.230
  • "I'm not living in regrets.
  • 00:22:25.230 --> 00:22:27.220
  • "I'm not rehearsing failures, I'm moving forward.
  • 00:22:27.220 --> 00:22:30.270
  • "I may have had some bad breaks,
  • 00:22:30.270 --> 00:22:32.170
  • "but I know better is in the end."
  • 00:22:32.170 --> 00:22:35.210
  • If you'll get your mind going forward
  • 00:22:35.210 --> 00:22:37.210
  • your life will go forward.
  • 00:22:37.210 --> 00:22:39.260
  • Or maybe there's something you've gone through
  • 00:22:39.260 --> 00:22:41.200
  • that doesn't make sense.
  • 00:22:41.200 --> 00:22:43.110
  • You don't understand why God would allow it,
  • 00:22:43.110 --> 00:22:46.000
  • an illness, a betrayal, a loss.
  • 00:22:46.000 --> 00:22:49.020
  • People ask me, "Joel, why did your mother get healed
  • 00:22:49.020 --> 00:22:51.200
  • "and my mother didn't?"
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  • We're never going to understand everything.
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  • Don't get caught up in the why's of life.
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  • The scripture says, "We see now in part
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  • "through a glass dimly, but one day we will see in full."
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  • One day it will be clear.
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  • If you're always trying to figure out why
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  • you're going to get frustrated and bitter.
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  • Best thing you can do is drop it, leave it alone.
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  • If God wants you to know why he's God, he'll tell you why.
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  • But if he's not revealing it to you
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  • then you need to let it go.
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  • Some things God doesn't want us to know.
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  • Proverbs says, "It's God's privilege to conceal things."
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  • If you're going to trust God you have to accept
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  • that there are going to be unanswered questions.
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  • We have to be mature enough to say,
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  • "God I don't understand why this happened,
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  • "but I'm okay without understanding why.
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  • "I don't have to have all the answers.
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  • "You're God and I'm not.
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  • "I trust that your ways are better than mine."
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  • Things will happen that don't fit perfectly
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  • into our theology.
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  • We can't sacrifice what we know about God
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  • because of one thing we don't understand.
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  • We should all have a mental file called
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  • the "I Don't Understand It" file.
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  • When things come up that don't make sense,
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  • you don't see an answer instead of getting confused,
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  • frustrated, just put it in your "I Don't Understand" file
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  • and keep moving forward.
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  • Know that God is for you.
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  • He holds you in the palm of his hand.
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  • He says, "The end is better than the beginning."
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  • My challenge today is quit looking back.
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  • Get out of the was and come over into the is.
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  • God wants to do something new,
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  • but you have to let go of the old.
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  • Be like the apostle Paul, focus your energies
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  • on letting go of what lies behind.
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  • Is there something you need to drop today?
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  • A hurt, a failure, a disappointment, an offense?
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  • There's no better time than now.
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  • Today can be a turning point.
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  • Make a decision with me, you're getting rid
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  • of all the negative baggage.
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  • You're going to drop it, you're going to leave it
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  • and you're not going to go back an pick it up again.
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  • You're going to let God be your vindicator.
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  • You're going to receive his mercy
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  • for the mistakes that you've made.
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  • If you'll do this I believe and declare
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  • God is going to heal your hurts.
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  • He's going to give you beauty for ashes.
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  • He's going to release you into new relationships,
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  • new opportunities.
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