FORGET ABOUT YOUR PAST!
YOUR PAST CANNOT BE CHANGED, BUT YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR TOMORROW BY YOUR PLANS AND ACTIONS
THAT YOU FAILED IN AN INVESTMENT IS IN THE PAST.
THAT YOU WERE A PROSTITUTE IS IN THE PAST!
THAT YOU WERE JILTED IS IN THE PAST!
YOU HAVE A GLORIOUS FUTURE IN CHRIST
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
YOUR CASE IS NOT HOPELESS
YOU DID NOT DIE SO THERE IS HOPE!
GOD WILL NOT CONSULT YOUR PAST TO DECIDE YOUR FUTURE
FORGET YESTERDAY’S PROBLEM AND FOCUS ON TODAY’S CHALLENGES TO BE A WINNER TOMORROW, MAKE YOUR FUTURE SO BIG THAT YOUR YESTERDAY’S PROBLEM WILL DISAPPEAR
IF YOU DON’T LET GO OF THE PAST YOU WILL DWELL IN THE PAST
THE EASIEST WAY TO BE DEPRESSED IS TO KEEP REMEMBERING PAST THINGS
ONLY THE LIVING CAN PRAISE GOD AND ONLY THE PRAISERS WILL ENJOY LIVING
SINGING WITHOUT YOUR HEART BEEN INVOLVED IS JUST AN ENTERTAINMENT
-Pastor David Ibiyeomie
Seeing the first Sunday in this year 2022 you will see more Sundays in the name of Jesus, you have come to meet the only one who does not refer a man case to another and because you have come to meet him whether you’re in church or online your story will change today.
There shall be a turnaround for someone in the name of Jesus, Sarah said God has made me to laugh that same God will make you to laugh this year, the things that are impossible with men are possible with God, I came today to announce to you in the name of Jesus whatever that has been declared impossible by men God will turn it around for you. Just like Sarah you will end with laughter and your laughter will start immediately in the name of Jesus, I want your expectations to be high because something spectacular will happen in Jesus mighty name. Give him a big hand.
Father speak to us via your word, let your word come with power and accuracy, open the heart of your people to receive with understanding in Jesus mighty name. Are you expecting something big? You may be seated.
Glory to God!!! How many people are preparing for the year of possibilities?
TOPIC: PRAISE FOR A NEW BEGINNING (1)
You have a glorious future in Christ, your future is before you it is not at your back.
Hear this, your case is not hopeless so don’t give up because God has not given up on you, the moment a man is helpless there is nothing God can do for him anymore, to be hopeless is to be helpless and to be hopeful is to be God full and when you’re God full you become wonderful, maybe you entered the year confused with last year challenges, refuse to be dismayed, stop regretting over mistakes and setbacks of last year stop focusing on negative part of last year because it may lead to depression and it may lead to regret. Psalm 37:24- somebody will rise after today; say I will forget the past. Nehemiah 8:10- You’re only learning from your mistakes as you improve this year, stop condemning yourself of what you can’t change, God has not given up on you don’t write off your case, it will be different this year – 2nd Corinthians 5:17- So God has made all things new.
WHAT IS NEW BEGINNING?
New Beginning is the place or time where something starts, to begin the year with God is the wisest thing to do, it has been confirmed that God proves himself at the beginning of new seasons and new phases of life- Isaiah 43-17, How many people knows God will do a new thing, say God will do a new thing in my Life.
The beauty of new beginning is enhanced through praise, you and I are created to praise God – Isaiah 43:21, Say with me: I am created to praise God, one major tool for advancement in life is praise.
WHAT IS PRAISE?
Praise is exalting God for his greatness with all of your being to provoke him to do something unique in your life, you’re magnifying the almightiness of God to do something new in your life and today God will do something new in your life.
HOW TO PRAISE GOD FOR A NEW BEGINNING
This is our year of new possibilities; how do I praise him for a new beginning? You are starting the year so how do I praise God for something that I am stepping into.
1) If you want to praise God for a new beginning forget your past, forget your past if you don’t want to pass with the past, one of the greatest secrets of success is to forget the failure of yesterday and move ahead, worry is a time waster, that you worry over something does not bring a change, you have to forget it.
if I don’t worry, what will I do? what has your worry done, let the dreams of the future be bigger than the history in your mind. Put a picture of a big dream in your mind such that all the things that has happened in the past will look too small. Don’t remember them, if God says don’t remember them and you choose to remember them, then you are committing sin.
God said don’t remember them, God can’t do a new thing as long as you’re remembering the old.
Today, that which God has in mind for you will become a reality in your life, water does not come out from a desert but if you want such to happen then put the past where it belongs, don’t go forward looking backward, a driver that keeps looking backward will crash.
If you don’t want to crash you will need to focus, your past cannot be changed, but you can change your tomorrow by your plans and actions.
Yes, you may not be able to do anything about your past but you can do something about your future, look forward and not backward.
The man Paul made a statement- Philippians 3:13-14, don’t say oh God help me forget my past, God said I will not do that, you will do it, you’re the one to do it not God are you getting it now, forget about all the past years problem, look up to a bright future, it is colourful and it’s bright.
Let me say this to you: God will not consult your past to decide your future, I repeat God will never consult your past to decide your future, He doesn’t otherwise people like us won’t become a preacher because we went to night club, in fact I was still partying when God told me I want to use you, so if he was to consult my past, he won’t call me.
Forget yesterday’s problem and focus on today’s challenges to be a winner tomorrow, make your future so big that your yesterday’s problem will disappear.
Myles Munroe said and I quote “Some people are so busy trying to get over their past that they do not have time to live their future”, they keep dwelling in their past and I said if you don’t let go of the past you will dwell in the past, that will not be your portion.
Look at Ruth for instance in the Bible, Ruth had a very funny background, she was a Moabite, she had a very poor background but she never allowed it to affect her future, she married Boaz and they produced Obed, Obed produced Jesse, Jesse produced David, David ushered in the lineage of Jesus Christ, Ruth was the Great Grandmother of David, she didn’t allow where she came from to affect her lineage.
Yes, you are born from a funny background, don’t tie down your destiny, you are born from a poor background don’t let it affect your future, don’t allow your back to be on the ground, yes you failed last year, that does not mean you are a failure.
Failure is only an event it is not a person, don’t allow the failure of yesterday to stop you from achieving what you want to achieve today, shout a big Hallelujah.
If Satan reminds you of your yesterday mistakes don’t listen to him, ask me why? He is the oldest failure; he was a failure before your Great Grandfather was born and he will still be a failure after you’re gone.
God never reads your diary, your past is gone, he does not keep a diary like human beings, he does not record history of the things done otherwise he won’t have said remember ye not the former things, because God cannot contradict himself with his Word. Say with me my past is gone, I have to do something about my future, I will believe it, I will talk it and I will live it say amen.
Your worst days are behind you and your best days are ahead of you, to have better days ahead start thinking in that direction, be a tomorrow thinker.
Why do you have to dwell on the mistake you have made or the things you could not achieve? The easiest way to be depressed is to keep remembering past things, it will depress you more than anything else. Because there is nothing you can do about the past.
Okay, that you were a prostitute, that is in the past, forget it, even if anyone comes to tell you that are you not the one I use to see in the hotel, tell that person I am not the one, that person you do see in the hotel is dead this is a new person.
Paul got up and said I wrong no man- 2nd Corinthians 7:2, Paul was the one that led the team that stoned Stephen to death, just imagine Paul saying every day, I stone Stephen to death, lamenting all around, Paul wouldn’t have been what we are talking about today. This is one thing he did, he forgot about Stephen and others that he killed.
You know why you need to forget your past? Paul was busy killing people, when they were stoning Stephen, the Bible says they dropped him at the feet of the one called Paul, he was the one that said common kill him, this man Stephen is saying nonsense.
Just imagine Paul preaching, there must have been many widows in church who are looking at him and he knows some widows that he was the one who killed their husbands, so he knows that they will be looking at him saying you that killed my husband you are the one saying Jesus Christ is Lord, so he came up and said: Listen oh, receive us for we have wronged no man, In case you thought I killed any of you, I am not the one, receive us, entertain us don’t look at us like the killer.
Now, just imagine Paul remembering all the bad things he did there is no way he would have written half of the New Testament because in the prison he would have been regretting calling himself a killer, this is exactly how some of us do.
You ask them why are you not doing anything?
They say Papa last year my business failed, Papa don’t you know all my investment crashed last year, forget all of that now, did you crash, if you crashed will you be alive, you didn’t die that means that there is hope, I will be taking about hope in the 4th service, there is hope.
Why are you regretting?
Please put it behind. Great is your future, stop thinking about yesterday all the time, stop talking about your experiences start talking about your expectations, you have talked so much about your experiences, oh I experienced this and that, put them behind, all your experiences are nonsense begin to talk about your expectations, I expect this to happen this year, I expect this year to be better.
Last year one boy jilted you forget it now, he told you so will you kill yourself; you know why he told you no? Somebody better is coming, he looked at you and told you no and then you want to drink acid.
There are some ladies when someone tells them no, they will become a shadow of themselves, if the young man found his way, you too find your way, all of you find your way.
Anything at all put it behind, learn that this year will become better for you, learn to put the past behind, that has been the major cause of depression, they keep remembering, I lost my Job now look up and get a new Job, oh last year do you know that all my investment crashed now look at how your business goes forward, last year do you know I made a terrible mistake, now go ahead on how you can improve on that mistake, learn from it and don’t start mourning from that situation. Shout a better Hallelujah.
You don’t move forward and start looking backward, anytime you’re driving what do you do?
You look forward, stop looking backward to the things that happened last year, start looking at the things that will happen this year, shout a better Amen. In the next service I will talk on focus on the future.
WHY ARE WE PRAISING GOD TODAY?
Now that you’ve forgotten your past will you just remain like that.
Psalm 81:1-5, as you praise God today it will be testimonies for you shout a better Amen, your praises today as you forget the past will bring testimonies.
1) That You’re alive.
Psalm 146:2, no matter what happened, if you’re not alive there is nothing to talk about. I am alive so I am going to praise him- Psalm 117:17, only the living can praise God and only the praisers will enjoy living.
Am praising him now that I have forgotten my past so that God will know that I am grateful for the life he has given me. How many are grateful for life? Are you grateful for life?
2) To secure God’s attention this year. Psalm 89:15, praise is the cheapest way to secure God’s attention.
3) For the manifestation of God promises this year, there are many things God has promised you this year, you want them to manifest? Do you know God promised Mary that she will have a child, is that true?
Without a man, but you know praise is the reason why it manifested, she didn’t just keep quiet because God said so – Luke 1:46, I am magnifying God because I know what he has said shall come to pass, hear me as you praise God today, every promises concerning you and I will be made manifest in the name of Jesus.
Mary praised God for the promise before Jesus came, as you praise God today, God will speedily bring all your heart desires to pass in the name of Jesus.
4) For our beautification this year.
Your beautification is anchored in God’s glorification of praise.
When I praise him, he beautifies me – Psalms 139:14, Psalms 149:1,4, your beauty is tied to praise, how many people wants God to beautify them.
Today, beginning from now God will beautify Salvation Ministries and will beautify you, if God should beautify you will there be any ugly thing in your life? No.
5) For our advancement this year and beyond.
Until you elevate God in praise your destiny will remain stunted – John 12:32, so we are lifting him up in praise as a Church and then as individuals, things will begin to work out.
There will be continuous advancement, how many of us want to advance in life? But while we want to do the practical, Listen carefully.
How can we secure result in this praise? Because it is not enough to just praise
1) Do it with understanding Psalm 47:2
2) Do it with your whole heart.
Don’t just praise him because we said so, they said we should dance now ok o, the one I danced last year I have not seen anything now this year again they said I should dance okay o, then when you’re dancing, your heart is not even in church, singing without your heart been involved is just an entertainment, avoid distraction, let not your mind be wandering about, don’t close your house window while you’re in Church, you will be shouting window close, window close, hope my pot of soup is secured.
Focus on your praise this morning, to some people you’re thinking about your contract whether it has been signed, focus on God this morning, you can be in church and forget that you’re in Church, be focused.
Have you seen people who are distracted on the road thinking about something else, avoid that kind of distraction, God will change your story, Psalm 87: 12,
3) praise in a dance, sing out loud, Psalm 149:3
4) Have a definite expectation that this year things will get better.