Christmas past

Visalia First
December 18, 2016
12/18/2016 Visalia First: Ebenezer Scrooge: The Ghost Of Christmas Past
By: Pastor Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson


The Ghost Of Unforgiveness

1. We can BURY it.
We feel our pain more in the holidays. Is.1:l8
Can You forgive yourself ?
God does forgive all sin . Even mine .
you can bury it, but it will Comeback and visit you.

Proverbs 28:13 NIV
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

The Ghost Of Unforgiveness

2. We can BEAT ourselves up.
Psalm 38.33
Gunny sac of guilt . He who the sun sets free is free indeed.

Psalm 38:3-4 MSG
I’ve lost twenty pounds in two months because of your accusation. My bones are brittle as dry sticks because of my sin. I’m swamped by my bad behavior, collapsed under gunnysacks of guilt.

The Ghost Of Unforgiveness

3. We can BELIEVE God.
deal with your belief system. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation .
People in the bible had a past.

II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

1 Timothy 1:13, 1 Timothy 1:15 NIV
Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

God can use sinners

The Ghost Of Unforgiveness

4. We can BLAME others.
Blaming our parents
whose fault is it? Santa Clause s fault.
Santa clause Christianity . alot of people see God like Santa clause . just out to catch you being naughty or nice.
Eye on the bill God’s eyes are watching us

It’s Santa Claus’ Fault

1. Stop trying to earn FORGIVENESS.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

accept forgiveness and forgive others

It’s Santa Claus’ Fault

2. Defeat every lie with the TRUTH.

John 8:44 NLT
For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The devil is a liar. This is Consistent with his character.

Satan likes to tell us that God cant forgive US.
It’s a lie

we dont forget our sin. God chooses to not remember

1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

It’s Santa Claus’ Fault

3. Believe GOD’SWORD to turn things around for the good.

Romans 4:3 NIV
What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Negative Town Outcomes Happy Town Outcomes

1. Stupid No Healing 1. Facts ____________

2. ___________ ______________ 2. Word New Creation

3. B. S. Comfortable 3. ____________ Uncomfortable

4. ___________ Uncomfortable 4. ____________ Unfamiliar
1. Stupid no healing 1. Facts —– negative facts — self medicating —- outcomes —- unforgiven —- familiar – = family and liar. Family wont make you be what you need to be.
Lord, I lift Carin up to you. Give her strength and wisdom that Comes from you! Show her what you want her to do about her husband.


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