You were made for more than being bound by guilt, condemnation, worry, depression and discouragement resulting from things in your past. Regardless of what is in your past, you were made to be free.
- Describe what happened when Jesus was invited to lunch at Simon the Pharisee’s house.
- What was Simon the Pharisee’s motive for inviting Jesus to his house?
- How can your past cause a separation between you and God?
- In this story, what does the box of perfume represent?
- When Pastor Franklin says, “If you didn’t drop nothing when you met Jesus, you didn’t get nothing,” what does he mean? Is there something from your past that you need to drop?
- What would you tell someone who is feeling guilt, shame or condemnation about their past?
When God forgives your sin, He also sets you free from your past. The problem comes when you can’t get past your past. Satan will try to accuse you with things from your past and cause you to feel guilt and condemnation – sometimes to the point that you feel unworthy or disqualified from serving God. But if you’ve repented, you’ve been forgiven. Through God’s grace, your past is behind you and a wonderful, God-planned future is ahead of you.
1 Corinthians 6:9b-11 (Voice): “Do not be misled. A lot of people stand to inherit nothing of God’s coming kingdom, including those whose lives are defined by sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, sexual deviancy, theft, greed, drunkenness, slander, and swindling. 11 Some of you used to live in these ways, but you are different now; you have been washed clean, set apart, restored, and set on the right path in the name of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed, by the Spirit of our living God.”