The truth is, so many of us, we are held in bondage from things that happened in our past. And so, in the next few weeks, here’s what we are going to cover: A lot of us, someone betrayed us, lied to us, hurt us, and we are still carrying around bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. Next week, we are going to talk about why it’s so important for us to forgive. And we are going to look about what the Bible says in how to forgive those who hurt us.
Then the following week, we’re going to talk about how to own up to our own wrongs in relationships, because it’s so easy to see ourselves as the victim—“Someone else hurt me!”—but it’s a little more difficult to own up to our own responsibility in ways that we’ve offended others. So we are going to talk about taking responsibility for our own actions and talk about how do we initiate restoration in relationships. How do we apologize, and the Bible actually says a lot about this, and I believe there will be a lot of relationships, a lot of marriages, and a lot of friendships that will be healed through that.
We are also going to talk about, how do we get passed our own failures and our own mistakes? How do we overcome our own sinfulness in the past, because for so many people I know, you may recognize that yes, God has forgiven me, but I still haven’t forgiven myself for something that I did in the past. We are going to let the Word of God teach us to get past our past.
Today, I am talking about lables. Let me ask a valid question: Who has the right to label something? Let me ask you another question. The answer to this next question has the potential to shape your entire life. Your willingness to embrace the correct answer to this question will determine the direction and quality of your life. Here is the question:
Who has the right to label you?
Because we all have labels. Some of these are labels we gave ourselves. Some of the labels we got from other people. Most of them are untrue. But here’s the deal,
Big Idea: If you believe a lie long enough it becomes true.
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Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. ~ Matthew 27:37 (NLT)
Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Matthew 27:38 (NLT)
Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. The crowd watched, and the leaders laughed and scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Chosen One, the Messiah.” The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” A signboard was nailed to the cross above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.” Luke 23:34-38 (NLT)
One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the King, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you are dying? “We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.”
Luke 23:39-41 (NLT)
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43 (NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
1. God will give you a new name.
And you will be given a new name by the LORD’s own mouth.
Isaiah 62:2 (NLT)
2. God will give you a new future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (GWORD)