Getting Past Your Personal Failures- Message Audio – 10/15/17

Message Notes

Psalm 38:4

My guilt has overwhelmed me. It’s overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

#1 We have to recognize that your biggest sins are not too big for God’s grace.

1 John 1:9,

If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jeremiah 31:34

“For I will forgive their wickedness  and will remember their sins no more.”

#2  You are not what you have done, you are who God says you are.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!

#3 You cannot change your past, but Christ can change your future.

Philippians 3:12-13

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 


Getting Past Your Personal Failures – Discussion Questions

1 John 1:9 and Jeremiah 31:34. These verses tell us that our sins are never too big for God’s grace.

  • What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from your past failures?
  • Why is it so difficult for us to forgive ourselves even after God has forgiven us of all our sins?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. This verse explains that our identity is not based upon what we have done, but rather whom God says we are.  

Failure is an event – never a person.

What does that statement mean to you and how can you draw strength from it?

Philippians 3:12-15. This passage encourages us to realize that while we can’t change our past, God can change our future.

  • Describe a past failure that you have fully overcome. How did you successfully overcome it?
  • What does God’s grace and forgiveness mean to you? How has it changed you and helped you overcome your failures?


  1. Confess to God those sins that you have not asked forgiveness for. Ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you from the stain of sin.
  2. Tell God your past failures that you continue to struggle with. Ask Him to help deliver you from these feelings.
  3. Ask God to help you forgive yourself of your past failures in the same way He has already forgiven you of all your sins.
  4. Thank God for His forgiveness and grace in your life. Tell Him how it has changed you.
  5. Ask God to help you stop focusing on your past mistakes and instead focus on the future God has planned for you.

Focus Moment – October 11, 2017


Silence, Stillness, and Centering before God (2 minutes)

Prayer for Presence
God, my Father, You have promised to remain forever with those
who do what is just and right. Help me to live in Your presence.

Prayer of Confession:

Loving God, to turn away from you is to fall; to turn toward you is to rise; and to stand before you is to abide forever. Grant us, O Lord, in all our duties your help, in all our uncertainties your guidance, in all our dangers your protection, in all our sorrows your peace. Lord forgive us our sins, those things we do, those things we leave undone, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Scripture Reading

James 1:5 (NLT)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.


There are many people who are very knowledgeable in the Word of God — they have studied the scriptures with a great zeal for understanding, but not all of them are able to utilize their knowledge in the way God intended. The reason is simple — they lack wisdom.

Q: So what does wisdom have to do with our ability to use our knowledge?

Simply put, wisdom is the application of knowledge and understanding. Think of it this way; if knowledge were a piano, then wisdom knows how to play the piano.

All too often we can get focused on gaining or collecting knowledge, and yet do very little or nothing to apply what we know. This is especially dangerous when it comes to our Christian walk, because at its root, knowing what to do and not doing it is sin, and this can be harmful to us and to others. Another negative side affect to our lacking wisdom is we tend to get puffed up in the knowledge we have collected. Think of it as water that has made its way into a stagnant pond; it will never flow any further, nor be used to bring forth the water of life.

There have been many times where people have said to me, “I’m not sure what God’s will is for me. I want the wisdom to make the right decision.” I will usually tell them to seek the Lord in prayer for His leading. I will then encourage them to remember God has told us to ask Him for wisdom, and that He will give it to us liberally (James. 1:5). Our greatest resource for wisdom is God’s Word. It is here where we will find His will for most things we encounter (Rom. 12:1-2). I believe when we apply what we already know to be right according to His Word then God will lead us in what we are to do.

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.

Space for Reflection (take 2-3 minutes to be silent or write out your thoughts or prayers from the scripture passage or devotional)

Father, thank You for giving me wisdom to apply the knowledge I have. Abundantly give me Your wisdom today and prompt me to share Your Word with others. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

TALK IT OVER: According to the scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to being wise, and obtaining wisdom?

Focus momento – Octubre 11, 2017

El silencio, la quietud, y centrado ante Dios (2 minutos) 

Oración por la presencia 

Dios, mi padre, que Tú has prometido permanecer para siempre con aquellos

Que hacer lo que es justo y recto. Ayúdame a Vivir en Su presencia.

Oración de confesión:

Amar a Dios, a su vez lejos de ti es caer; gire hacia usted está aumentando; y a presentarse antes de que se cumpla siempre. Concédenos, oh Señor, en todas nuestras funciones su ayuda, en todas nuestras incertidumbres a su orientación, en todos nuestros peligros su protección, en todos nuestros dolores tu paz. Señor, perdona nuestros pecados, esas cosas que hacemos, las cosas que dejamos deshacer, por Jesucristo nuestro Señor.

La lectura de la escritura 

Santiago 1:5 (NLT)

Si necesita sabiduría, pida nuestro generoso a Dios, y él se lo dará a usted. Él no te reprenda por preguntar.



Hay muchas personas que son muy conocedores de la Palabra de Dios – han estudiado las escrituras con un gran celo por la comprensión, pero no todos ellos son capaces de utilizar sus conocimientos en la manera que Dios quiere. La razón es simple: les falta sabiduría.


¿qué sabiduría tienen que ver con nuestra capacidad de utilizar nuestro conocimiento?

Sencillamente, la sabiduría es la aplicación de los conocimientos y la comprensión. Piénsalo de esta manera; si el conocimiento fuera un piano, entonces la sabiduría sabe cómo tocar el piano.

Todos demasiado a menudo podemos obtener enfocado en ganar o la recopilación de conocimientos, y, sin embargo, hacen muy poco o nada para aplicar lo que sabemos. Esto es especialmente peligroso cuando se trata de nuestro caminar cristiano, porque en su raíz, sabiendo qué hacer y no hacerlo es pecado, y esto puede ser perjudicial para nosotros y para los demás. Otro lado negativo afecta a nuestra falta de sabiduría es que tendemos a obtener engreído en el conocimiento que hemos recopilado. Piense en ello como el agua que ha hecho su camino en una charca estancada; nunca fluya más, ni se utilizará para traer el agua de la vida.

Ha habido muchas veces cuando las personas me han dicho, “no estoy seguro de cuál es la voluntad de Dios para mí. Quiero sabiduría para tomar la decisión correcta.” Me suelen decirles a buscar al Señor en oración por su líder. Entonces voy a alentarlos a que recuerde que Dios nos ha dicho para pedirle la sabiduría, y que Él nos dará liberalmente (James. 1:5). Nuestro mayor recurso para la sabiduría es la Palabra de Dios. Es aquí donde encontraremos la voluntad de la mayoría de las cosas que encontramos (Rom. 12:1-2). Yo creo que cuando aplicamos lo que ya sabemos que son derecho de acuerdo a su Palabra, entonces Dios nos llevará en lo que vamos a hacer.

Ver entonces que usted camine con diligencia, no como necios sino como sabios, aprovechando bien el tiempo porque los días son malos. Por tanto, no seáis insensatos, sino entendidos de cuál sea la voluntad del Señor. Efesios 5:15-17 (NKJV)

Quiero animaros a pensar y rezar sobre estas cosas hoy en día.

Espacio para la reflexión (tomar 2-3 minutos de silencio o escribir tus pensamientos u oraciones del pasaje de las escrituras o devocional 

 Padre, gracias por darme la sabiduría para aplicar los conocimientos que tengo. Dame tu sabiduría abundantemente hoy y me incitan a compartir su palabra con otros. En el precioso nombre de Jesús, Amén…

La oración del Señor 

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre, Venga a nosotros tu reino, hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Y perdónanos nuestras deudas, como también nosotros perdonamos á nuestros deudores. Y que no caigamos en la tentación, y líbranos del mal.

Concluir con el silencio (2 minutos)

 Hablarlo: de acuerdo a las escrituras en este devocional, qué podemos aprender con respecto a ser sabio, y la obtención de sabiduría?

“Initiating Restoration” – Message Audio – 10/8/17

Message Notes 

#1 Worship and Apology

23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. – Matthew 5:23-24

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.   -Matthew 5:9

If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:18)

#2 Apologize with Integrity

Five parts to a good apology.

Admit to specific actions and attitudes.

Don’t make excuses.

Accept the consequences.

Change your behavior.

Ask for forgiveness.

Who do you need to apologize to today?