How to Forget the Troubles, Problems, and Failures of the Past and Make the New Year the Best Year of Your Life podcast episode #10
Welcome to the How to Forget the Troubles, Problems, and Failures of the Past and Make the New Year the Best Year of Your Life podcast episode #10. My name is Daniel Whyte III the author of the book with the same title.
We are living in “times that try men’s souls.” These are truly difficult days for many people around the world. This podcast is to encourage you to forget the troubles, problems, and even failures of the past and to truly have the best year of your life. If you do what I am encouraging you to do in this little book, by the grace of God, and with His blessings on your life, you will have a great year. How do I know? Because every year over the past 10 years of my life have consistently gotten better and better because I am following the simple principles contained in this podcast. So shake the previous year off of you, and get ready for the best year of your life!
Exodus 40:2 says, “On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.”
Our New Years quote for today is from Rick Warren who said, “God specializes in giving people a fresh start.”
5. Do the very best you can to make things right with those you may have offended. Clear your conscience.
Acts 24:16 states: “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.”
Romans 12:2 states: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
If you have offended someone or if they perceive that you have offended them, try, by God’s grace, to make it right with them. Go the second mile if you need to. Also, forgive and release those who may have offended you. You can’t harbor resentment and bitterness, and be happy. It simply can’t be done. Ephesians 4:31-32 states: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Christian author and long-time professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Lewis Smedes states in his book, Forgive and Forget: “With a little time, and a little more insight, we begin to see both ourselves and our enemies in humbler profiles. We are not really as innocent as we felt when we were first hurt. And we do not usually have a gigantic monster to forgive; we have a weak, needy, and somewhat stupid human being. When you see your enemy and yourself in the weakness and silliness of the humanity you share, you will make the miracle of forgiving a little easier.”
I remember, once when a brother in Christ and I were not right with each other, that every time I tried to pray, God would bring this person to my memory. That stopped after I went to make things right with that dear brother. Bad memories won’t go away until you make things right.
Do you remember what Jesus said about those who want to bring Him an offering without first getting things right with the person they had offended or with the person who had offended them? Jesus said in Matthew 5:23-24, “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift”.
Jesus is saying in this verse, don’t come praying to Me when you are at odds with your brother or sister in Christ. Don’t come offering praises to Me when you refuse to shake your brother’s or sister’s hand. Don’t come telling Me you love Me when you have hatred and bitterness in your heart toward a family member. Don’t come expecting a New Year when you have unresolved issues from the past year. As I said earlier, bad memories won’t go away until you make things right.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God Bless You!