The lesson on this evening, and this new series that we shall be talking about is titled: “Refuse to Regret. This study will be divided into three parts; and it may last for about 4 weeks. This will be our outline for this series:
Part A: Regret
Part B: Recycle
Part C: Righteousness.
Okay, so during our past series, we talked about “Consist and Resist”. When the devil is persistent, we must be consistent.
Now, you MUST know about two of the main things that keep Christians from consistently moving forward. These are two of Satan’s greatest “spiritual” weapons!!
1). Regret- To keep looking backwards. To be stuck in the past.
2). Dread- To be afraid of looking forward. To be fearful and uncertain about your future.
We first of all must accept the fact that regret and dread are demonic spirits, whose assignment is to “keep you from moving forward”. They operate on “distraction”. Their motive is to take your focus off of “today”, get you to be obsessed with “yesterday”, and frightened about “tomorrow”. Now, do not think that you’re dealing with something “emotional”. It is “spiritual”.
There are two things that will shape, and determine what kind of future you will have:
1). Hope- This is something positive.
2). Hurt- This can be something negative.Regret is self-hurt.
Now, as far as “regret” is concerned, God does not “replay” your mistakes, He “recycles” them. Satan is the author of “replay” and “regret”. That’s his approach!
DOCTRINAL POINT: When you find yourself constantly and mentally “replaying” your past mistakes in your head, and then “regretting” what you see, you are under a spiritual attack. The demonic spirit of regret is trying to distract you. YOU MUST REBUKE IT!!!
You MUST believe that you can do this. Or else, you will allow these demons to defeat you.
1). Luke 18:18- “…..Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Some people have gotten old, and live nearly every day, regretting what they did when they were young. That’s no way to live my friend. God doesn’t want you to live that way.
***** Five- Star sentence: Jesus is the same “yesterday”; but He is not the God of “yesterday”. He is the God of TODAY.
He said “I AM”, not “I WAS”, or “I USE TO BE”.
1). Exodus 3:14- And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
2). Matthew 14:27 (AMPC)- But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid.
3). John 8:58- Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
God wants you to enjoy “today”, and not live “regretting” yesterday. YOU CANNOT UNSCRAMBLE SCRAMBLED EGGS.
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4). Lamentations 3:22-23- 22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
QUESTION: ___Yes ___No Has anyone ever made more than 5 mistakes in your life?
We have all made mistakes, and we will make some more. The positive side of mistakes is that they can be a good indicator that we are simply having growing pains. It is best to learn from the mistakes of others. But sometimes, you will end up learning from your own.
Now, whenever anyone teaches on/about “regret”, they should explain what is called, “The Ole Satan Two Step”.
1). Step 1- Satan will tempt you to sin.
a). Matthew 4:1;3;7- (vs. 1)- Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
b). Luke 4:13- And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
2). Step 2- Satan will then accuse you for yielding to his temptation.
He will tempt you, and then make you feel bad, about doing what he suggested and encouraged you to do.
a). Revelation 12:10b- for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Now, let’s look at a woman in the bible that could have lived her entire life-time under a cloud of regret. She represents all of us, for we all make mistakes; just not the same ones.
Satan is an equal opportunist. He gives each of us the opportunity, to live the rest of our lives, with a spirit of regret controlling us.
DOCTRINAL POINT: Jesus has set you free from the spirit of regret.
a). John 8:36- If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
If you were a stranger in Jericho, just about any man on the street could tell you how to get to Rahab’s house. This woman had probably done twice as much than we have done, before her 18th birthday.
Nearly every time her name is mentioned in the bible, her profession is also listed. Her reputation was wide-spread. No one refers to you as, Shelia the nurse, Ronald the trainer, or Carlos the plumber. But this sistah was so tough, she was KNOWN by her profession:
1). Joshua 2:1 (AMP)- Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as scouts secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially [a]Jericho [the walled city].” So they went and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab, and lodged there.
2). Joshua 6:22-23; 25- 22 But Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring the woman and all that she has out of there, as you have sworn to her.”
23 So the young men, the spies, went in and brought out Rahab and her father and her mother and her brothers and everything that she had; they also brought out all her relatives and allowed them to stay outside the camp of Israel [at Gilgal during the time required for ceremonial cleansing].
Just imagine how her daddy must have felt. Every man in town knew his daughter. This was his baby girl. He had saved and planned for her to attend Jerusalem Junior College!!! Her mother had to hold her head down in shame every time she shopped at the Food Giant Store called Goliath! Imagine the embarrassment of her brothers: all of their friends “knew” Rahab. And picture the embarrassment all of her other relatives.
25 So Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her father’s household and everything that she had; and she has lived among Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers (scouts) whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
3). James 2:25– Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road.
4). Hebrews 11:31- It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
The sister had such a bad reputation, and a past that was full of regret!!! She only had ONE friend:
5). Luke 7:34- The Son of Man,……. a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!
SHOUTING POINT: God can take what it took you 40 years to mess up, and turn it around in one day.
The two spies that showed up at Rahab’s house, were the first two strangers that ever knocked on her door that didn’t want sex. They were actually there to provide her with safety. This encounter changed Rahab!
Finally, someone showed her some respect. She felt like a person of value again. She had been far from a lady, that she knew. But at least now she once again felt like a person.
1). Matthew 1:5- And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
NOTICE, SHE IS NO LONGER REFERRED TO AS A PROSTITUTE!
How many prostitutes do you know, who can say that they are personally related to Jesus? She was the great-great grandmother of King David.
“Regret” is no longer attached to her. Now she is “royalty”!