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Grace Note for January 13, 2016

What is it in your past that keeps giving you a hard time? Is it something you did and the guilt of it still hurts? Is it something you failed in and the disappointment of that will not let you go? Is it something someone else did to hurt you, and you keep rehearsing it, and the pain of it will not go away? Is it grief? Someone or something you once had and now have lost, and your life seems empty as a result?

Surely we understand that God does not intend for us to live like that. Our God is not a God of the past, but of the future. Our God is one who says again and again, “Behold, I am doing a new thing.” “If any one is in Christ, there is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold everything is new!” Whatever is hurting you, whatever is holding you back, whatever is keeping you from the fullest possible experience of life, God wants to gather it up, and like some conscientious garbage collector, take it away so it will never bother you again. God will do that, if you will let Him.

1. Name and claim yesterday’s garbage.

2. Learn from yesterday’s garbage.

3. Let God take yesterday’s garbage away.

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