January 2012 - PAST - TODAY - THE FUTURE

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever". Hebr 13:8
Jesus is always the same. His power and grace, His faithfulness, His plan and His will is immutable, He is eternal. Humans can not by our sin change God's love. Even if we are faithless, He is faithfull. Our disobedience can not dismiss His power and grace.

All people have both good and bad memories of the past. The past also consists our deeds, good and bad.
Some say: "I can not forgive myself / my next". The good news is that Jesus' saving work on the cross changes everything! Jesus has, by His sacrifice forgiven us all our sins and will restore every man who accept him.

When we see our past in the light of Jesus' work on the cross, it affects the present - it may redeem our potential - the more we see of what Jesus has done for us, the more confident we become of ourselves. Instead of carrying the old baggage, I can live in freedom of God.
God is present today. He愀 grace is in work for us today!

Take therefore no thought for the morrow (Matt 6:34) Jesus says. At the same time we can be confident that we are always in the hands of the Lord. His thoughts and plans for us are:
".. thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jer.29:11)

1) Jesus IS the same yesterday (not "was"). What does it mean for us?
2) Jesus has forgiven us of our past - why is that important for us to receive this grace in relation to:
- our past
- our day today
- our future
3) Take time to pray for each other in the group if anyone finds it difficult to see themselves forgiven.



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