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EP. 144 Seven Ways to Prevent your Past Mistakes from Defining You


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SHOW NOTES


Welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. This week we are wrapping up our two-part series on “What Not to Do in 2022.” Last week we went through six things not to do in the new year, and we focused mainly on not letting our past successes define us. This week we are sharing some more things to avoid doing in 2022, as well as discussing not letting our past failures define us. Keep reading to find out more!


We also wanted to plug our new online bible study that Tim is preaching weekly at Torrey Pines Church. If you are interested in expository teaching through the book of Philippians, this is the study for you! Tim is breaking down the book of Philippians and inviting you to join online! You can watch live on Facebook every Wednesday evening or you can watch them all on our website as well as access the outlines by clicking this link: https://www.hoperescue.org/biblestudies


To get into the bulk of this week’s episode, Tim and Kimberly begin sharing this week’s list of things NOT to do in 2022.


  1. Don’t allow hate to dwell in your heart.

  2. Don't allow bitterness to control your soul.

  3. Don't allow people to identify you by your past.

  4. Don’t allow the world to define truth.

  5. Don't allow politics to impact your relationships or your joy.

  6. Don’t allow your past failures to define you.


Our human nature is to look back on the past and assume it will define our future. Of course, certain life decisions will have consequences that affect our futures, but that is not exactly what we are talking about. What we are referencing here is simply leaving past mistakes in the past. Even if you are still feeling the consequences of your actions, don’t allow them to define you. Allow God to define you. John 14:27 says, “God can bring peace to your past, purpose to your present, and hope to your future.” Kimberly says, “The only way we can find healing and freedom from our past failures is to let them go and embrace a new day with hope.”


Tim explains that people will often put your failures on display in the worst light possible, often out of personal insecurity. Don’t allow that to happen and don’t allow others to define your future. Surround yourself with people who see your flaws and put them in the best light.


Philippians 3:13-14 says, "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians was written by Paul the Apostle, and although his epistles have had enormous influence on Christian theology, his past before becoming a Christian was diabolical as he actually had Christians killed because of their faith. Although Paul knew his past, when he became a follower of Christ he understood that his past mistakes did not define his future, and he was made into a new creation. Can you imagine how different the history of the Church would look if Paul had allowed his past mistakes to define his future?


Whatever is plaguing your soul, learn to let it go. Learn from the past and press on towards the future. Tim and Kimberly wrap up the podcast by sharing practical ways to move forward from your past mistakes.


  1. Refocus on your future by setting new goals.

  2. Intentionally separate yourself from people who drag you back to your failures.

  3. Every time your memories come back to haunt you, receive God’s forgiveness.

  4. Write down a list of your past mistakes that have been holding you back, acknowledge that you are free to move forward from your failures, and destroy the paper!

  5. When past failures come up in your present circumstances, don't fall into the trap of shame.

  6. Don't allow your past failures to determine your future failures. Just because you failed in the past doesn't mean you will fail again in the future.

  7. Don’t miss the opportunity to make amends.


Join us next week as we dive into a new topic on the Hope Rescue Podcast. Thank you for your continued support!


QUOTES


“The only way we can find healing and freedom from our past failures is to let them and embrace a new day with hope.” -Kimberly


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


John 14:27 “God can bring peace to your past, purpose to your present, and hope to your future.”


Philippians 3:13-14 "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”



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