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Session 10

Can God still use me?

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Our past doesn’t disqualify us from our future. If we’re not careful, we’ll talk ourselves out of our potential. A healthy understanding of who we are in Jesus is essential in enabling who we will become.

The problem is we know every single little rotten thing we’ve ever done and can reasonably make excuses for why we can’t do something good.  

Our history does not identify our identity and it absolutely does not define our destiny!

Our history does not identify our identity and it absolutely does not define our destiny!

Paul wrote to us compassionately in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Paul knew Jesus has a strong track record of using imperfect people for His work. Jesus intentionally called the weak, broken, and messy people just like Paul — and just like us.

When Jesus died on the cross, He made a way for us to be reconciled with God. This is a one-way street. Salvation, through Jesus, cannot be earned, and it cannot be lost. By confessing Jesus is Lord, our eternal future changes in an instant. All of our sins are forgiven. Psalm 103:12 declares, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions [sins] from us.”

So, why is it so hard to get past our past? Maybe, we need to watch out for ANTs — Automatic, Negative Thoughts. Automatic, negative thoughts can interrupt our day and interfere with our doing. We move forward by doing three things: learning to recognize negative thoughts quickly, deciding to stop the thought immediately, and replacing the thought with truth from the Bible (Philippians 4:8, Ephesians 4:23).

Reflect:

  • What negative thought from your past causes you to have ANTs? Ask Jesus to help you stomp those thoughts.

  • What is one way you can begin to change that thought today? A great place to start could be writing down 2 Corinthians 5:17, replacing the word “anyone” with your name, and posting it where you can see it every day as a reminder of who you are in Christ.

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3

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4

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5

If your life was a letter, what would it say?

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6

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9

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Can God still use me?

Can God still use me?

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11

Play by the rules? No thanks.

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12

How to tell your real friends from your fake friends

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13

Which kind of sorrow are you feeling?

Which kind of sorrow are you feeling?

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14

More is never enough

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15

What’s the difference between a tithe and an offering?

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16

Giving to receive?

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17

You already have the best weapon

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18

Why you should keep cool in the face of criticism

Why you should keep cool in the face of criticism

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19

What influences you?

What influences you?

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20

Find strength in the most unexpected place

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21

God equips his people

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