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Don’t Feed Your History –Feed Your Future

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Sermon Preached On Sunday 19Th Feb.,2017.

HINDI TITLE: Apne Ithihaas Ko Mat Khilaho –Apne Bhavishya Ko Khilaho

We May Not Realize It, But We’re Always Feeding Ourselves; What We Watch, Listen To, The People We’re Around, The Thoughts We’re Dwelling On, Feed Our Inner Person. If You Go To Lunch With People That Talk Bad About The Boss, Make Fun Of A Co-Worker, Put Down A Friend, They’re Feeding You Gossip, Jealousy, Disrespect.

Here’s The Key:

Whatever You Feed Is Going To Grow. You May Not Like What They’re Feeding You, You’re A Nice Person, But If You Continue To Hang Around With Them, Before Long You’ll Be Gossiping, Critical, Disrespectful, Because You Kept Feeding The Wrong Things.

If You’re Always Feeding Negative Thoughts, “I’ll Never Get Well, Meet The Right Person,” You’re Feeding Doubt, Mediocrity, Fear.

Illustration:

A Man Told Me How He Struggled With Alcohol For Many Years And It Had Ruined His Marriage. He Wasn’t There For His Children. He Was Very Down On Himself, Very Discouraged. What Was He Doing ? Feeding The Guilt, Feeding The Blame, Feeding The Regret.

If You Feed Guilt, Fear, It’s Going To Get Bigger;

What If You Spent That Same Energy Feeding Your Faith, Hopes, Dreams? “Father, Thank You That Your Mercy Is Bigger Than Any Mistake, And I Am Forgiven.” Quit Feeding The Negative, And Start Feeding Your Faith.

What Are You Allowing In Your Spirit? The People And Thoughts That You Focus On, Are They Inspiring You, Building Your Faith, Pushing You Towards Your Dreams, Or Are They Feeding You Guilt, Negativity, Mediocrity, Causing You To Compromise?

Illustration:

A Friend Of Mine Was Diagnosed With A Serious Illness. The Doctor Put Him On A Very Strict Diet. He Could Not Eat Any Sugar,Any Meats. It Was Only Raw Vegetables, Nuts, Grains- Very Limited. I Asked Him If He Was Going To Do It. He Said, “What Do You Mean, Am I Going To Do It-My Life Depends On It.”

Today I’m Putting You On A New Diet Not Physically But For Your Inner Man.  No More Junk Food, No More Dwelling On Fear And Worry, No More Hanging Around People That Are Feeding You Negativity- Causing You To Compromise, No More Guilt, Condemnation.”

Your Diet Is For Faith Food. Feed Your Faith, Feed Your Hopes, Feed Your Dreams, Feed Your Destiny

  • “Well Melwyn I’m Not That Talented, I Don’t Have A Good Personality, I’m Not As Attractive As My Friend.”  Quit Feeding That Insecurity. That’s Not On Your Diet. Your Diet Is What God Says About You. Say “I Am Fearfully And Wonderfully Made One Of A Kind, A Masterpiece, Made In The Image Of God.”.
  • If You’re Dealing With An Illness, “The Medical Report Doesn’t Look Good, I Don’t Think I’ll Get Well”; You’re Feeding The Wrong Things, That’s Allowing The Sickness To Grow. Turn It Around; “Father, Thank You That You’re Restoring Health Back Un To Me, The Number Of My Days You Will Fulfill.”

When You Feed Your Faith Like That, The Doubt Gets Weaker And Weaker.

Illustration:

In My Building Complex There Are Some Flowers In The Park And In Last Summer It Was Very Dry And Of Course Very Hot. Every Day The Gardener Would Go Out And Water Those Flowers With The Hose Pipe. Over In The Corner About 40 Feet Away, There Were A Bunch Of Weeds- About A Foot Or Two Tall. A Couple Of Months Later I Noticed That All Of Those Weeds Had Died Off. They Didn’t Have Any Water. The Flowers Were Just As Beautiful As Could Be.

What You Don’t Feed Will Eventually Die.

You May Have Some Weeds In Your Life Right Now. We All Do. Weeds Of Guilt,  Weeds Of Insecurity. Don’t Be Alarmed By The Weeds. Just Don’t Make The Mistake Of Watering The Weeds. Don’t Give Them Any Energy.Don’t Let Them Take Up Space In Your Mind.

What You Stop Watering Will Eventually Go Away.

If You Came To My Place Where I Stay  And Saw Me Watering  Those Weeds, You Would Think What Is Wrong With That Man?  That Doesn’t Make Sense. He’s Watering Something That He Doesn’t Want.

Are You Feeding What You Don’t Want?

The Enemy’s Main Tool Is Deception; He Would Love For You To Go Through Life Watering The Weeds  Instead Of The Flowers, So To Speak, Spending Your Energy On Fear, Doubt, Insecurity, Mistakes Of The Past.

Don’t Fall Into That Trap.

  • When Thoughts Tell You, “Nothing Good Is In Your Future, It’s All Downhill From Here,” Instead Of Watering That Weed, Feeding The Discouragement; “Father, Thank You That The Path Of The Righteous Gets Brighter And Brighter, You’ve Surrounded Me With Your Favor,”
  • When You’re In A Tough Time, Instead Of Feeding The Doubt, “I’m Stuck Here, Nothing’s Ever Going To Change,” Feed Your Faith; “I’m Coming Out; God Always Causes Me To Triumph, This Too Shall Pass.“

Whatever You’re Feeding Is Getting Stronger; Don’t Feed What You Don’t Want.

  • Maybe You’ve Had Bad Breaks In Life, Things Haven’t Turned Out The Way You Hoped, You Could Easily Be Discouraged; Don’t Feed The Self-Pity, Hurts, Don’t Water What Didn’t Work Out.

You Can’t Feed Your History And Your Destiny At The Same Time; If You’re Using All Your Energy To Feed Your Past, You’re Not Going To Have The Energy You Need To Feed Your Future.

What’s Happened To You Is Over And Done; How You Were Raised, What You Didn’t Get It, Who Hurt You, Who You Lost, Is History.

You Cannot Go Into A New Season If You’re Always Looking Back At The Old. Those Doors Are Closed; They May Not Have Been Fair, But God Is Fair. He Knows How To Make It Up To You, But You Have To Let Go Of What Didn’t Work Out.

Quit Putting Energy Into Negative Things Of The Past; If You’re Feeding The Hurts, Offense, Betrayal, It’s Like You’re Watering Bitterness, Resentment, Discouragement. The Way To Get Past It Is To Starve It; Quit Dwelling On It, Thinking About What You Didn’t Get, Who Hurt You, How You Can Prove To Them That They Shouldn’t Have Left You.

If You’ll Put That Same Energy Into Your Destiny, Believing For New Beginnings, Expecting God’s Favor, God Will Give You Beauty For Those Ashes, Make Up For The Wrongs. You Don’t Have To Pay Anybody Back; God Will Be Your Vindicator.

But We All Go Through Things In Life That Aren’t Fair:

Matthew 18:7 (NKJV)..7 … Offenses Must Come

Betrayals, Loss, Bad Breaks, Things We Don’t Understand; It’s Painful Enough When They Happen, But If You Make The Mistake Of Feeding The Fear, Offense, Hurt, Then It’s Going To Continue To Be Painful.

You Cannot Get Well, If You’re Always Re-Opening The Wounds, Reliving The Negative; That’s Making It Worse.

It Can Feel Good To Our Flesh To Hold Onto The Hurt, Self-Pity. You May Have A Valid Reason To Feel That Way:

  • Somebody Did You Wrong, You Came Down With An Illness, The Company Laid You Off. But When You’re Feeding The Past, You’re Putting Energy Into Something That’s Taking You Backwards. It’s Tempting To Hold On, Sometimes You Wake Up And It’s On The Forefront Of Your Mind; You Have To Ask Yourself, “Am I Going To Keep Putting Energy Into Something That’s Taking Me In The Wrong Direction?”

Illustration:

In The Scripture, The Prophet Samuel Went Through A Great Disappointment; He Had Chosen A Young Man Named Saul To Be The Next King Of Israel. He Took Saul Under His Wing, Like Saul Was His Own Son, Trained, Mentored Him. Saul Did Well As A King For A Few Years, But Then He Got Off Course, Made Mistakes, Wouldn’t Obey; Finally, God Rejected Him As King. He Lost The Throne. Samuel Was So Discouraged; He Had Invested Years Of His Life Trying To Help Saul, Now It Looked Like It Was A Waste Of Time. As Samuel Was Sitting Around Heartbroken, Feeding The Self-Pity, Discouragement, God Said:

1 Samuel 16:1 (NIV)…16 The Lord Said To Samuel, “How Long Will You Mourn For Saul

He Was Saying, “How Long Are You Going To Feed Your History, How Long Are You Going To Put Energy Into Something That’s Taking You In The Wrong Direction?”

Yes, There’s A Season Of Mourning, When You Go Through A Loss, A Disappointment, You Don’t Have To Be Superhuman Where You Never Feel Anything Or Have A Down Moment, But You Can’t Let A Season Of Mourning Turn Into A Lifetime Of Mourning.

At Some Point, You Have To Say, “Yes, I’m Disappointed, Hurt, My Prayer Didn’t Get Answered The Way I Had Hoped, But This Is A New Day; I’m Not Feeding My History Anymore, I’m Letting Go Of What Didn’t Work Out, Not Dwelling On My Disappointments, Reliving My Hurts. I’m Putting My Energy Into My Destiny, Getting Ready For The New Things That God Has In Store.”

God Went On To Tell Samuel:

1 Samuel 16:1 (NIV)..16 … Fill Your Horn With Oil And Be On Your Way; I Am Sending You To Jesse Of Bethlehem. I Have Chosen One Of His Sons To Be King.”

If You’ll Quit Looking Backwards, Mourning Over What Didn’t Work Out, God Is Going To Send You To The House Of Jesse: He Has A New Beginning, Relationship, Dream.

Just Because Saul Didn’t Work Out Doesn’t Mean That It’s Over; God Has Another Plan, A David. Not Something Secondary, “This Is All That I Have, Too Bad, Just Take This”; David Was The Greatest King That Ever Lived.

You May Have Gone Through An Unfair Situation; It Wasn’t A Surprise To God. He Knew Every Setback, Disappointment; He Already Has A David Lined Up For You. Your Greatest Joys, Victories, Accomplishments Are Still In Your Future.

But Suppose Samuel Would’ve Continued Mourning, Putting Energy Into His Past, Feeding That Disappointment; Maybe He Wouldn’t Have Anointed David, And Maybe God Would’ve Chosen Someone Else To Go To The House Of Jesse, Maybe Samuel Would Have Faded Off Into The Sunset, Defeated, Discouraged.

Are You Putting Energy Into Your Past, Feeding Your History? God Is Saying, “Fill Your Horn With Oil, And Be On Your Way.” That Means: Get Your Passion Back, Put A Smile On Your Face, Start Moving Forward, You’re About To Come To The House Of Jesse. You Thought It Was Over And Done; God Still Has A David, Something More Rewarding Than You’ve Ever Imagined.

Illustration:

I Talked To A Lady That Had Been Married For Over 20 Years. Her Husband Met This Other Woman And Suddenly Decided He Didn’t Want To Be Married To Her Anymore. Without Much Warning He Just Moved Out And Ended The Marriage. This Lady Was So Devastated, She Couldn’t Understand How That Happened.  Two Years Later She Was Still Very Upset.

I Told Her What I’m Telling You,- You Cannot Keep Feeding Your History. Don’t Feed The Betrayal. Don’t Feed The Hurt That’s Taking You In The Wrong Direction.

If Somebody Left You, You Have To Recognize, Their Part In Your Story Is Over; If They Walked Away, You Don’t Need Them To Fulfill Your Purpose. If You Needed Them, God Wouldn’t Have Let Them Leave. But If You Live Thinking That You Can’t Be Happy Now Because They Moved On, Then You’re Going To Miss The New Things That God Has In Store. Why Don’t You Accept It As God Closing The Door?

Sometimes, God Puts An End To Things That We Don’t Understand. Don’t Put A Question Mark Where God Has Put A Period.

Don’t Keep Mourning Over Something That You Cannot Change, Always Thinking About It, Wondering Why It Didn’t Work Out; “Why Did This Door Close, Why Did I Lose My Loved One?”

I Can’t Tell You Why But I Can Tell You If You Will Fill Your Horn With Oil And Be On Your Way, There Is A House Of Jesse That God Has Ordained For You; You’re Going To Come Into A New Season Of Joy And Fulfillment Like You’ve Never Seen.

Illustration Contd

I Saw This Lady Several Years After We Had Talked. In Fact She Had This Handsome Man By Her Side. She Looks So Beautiful So Radiant Like A Different Person. She Told How They Had Recently Got Married, How She Was Happier Than She Had Ever Been. She Went On And On Telling Me What An Amazing Man That Was.

What Happened She Quit Morning And God Sent Her To The House Of Jesse.

When You Quit Putting Energy Into Your History, And Start Putting It Into Your Destiny, God Will Give You Beauty For Those Ashes, Pay You Back For The Unfair Situation.

That Person That Left You Is A Weed; Quit Watering, Thinking About, The Weed. This Is A New Season; God Has Divine Connections Lined Up For You.

Instead Of Feeding The Hurt, Feed Your Faith; “Father, Thank You That My Latter Days Will Be Better Than My Former Days, That What Was Meant For My Harm You’re Using To My Advantage.” If You’ll Feed Your Destiny, God Will Make Up For The Wrongs:

Isaiah 61:7 (NIV)…7 Instead Of Your Shame You Will Receive A Double Portion, And Instead Of Disgrace. You Will Rejoice In Your Inheritance. And So You Will Inherit A Double Portion In Your Land, And Everlasting Joy Will Be Yours.

That’s My Prayer For You.

Illustration;

In Acts 1, The Apostles Came Together To Choose A Replacement For Judas, Who Had Betrayed Jesus.

Acts 1:23-26 (NIV)…23 So They Nominated Two Men: Joseph Called Barsabbas (Also Known As Justus) And Matthias. 24 Then They Prayed, “Lord, You Know Everyone’s Heart. Show Us Which Of These Two You Have Chosen 25 To Take Over This Apostolic Ministry, Which Judas Left To Go Where He Belongs.” 26 Then They Cast Lots, And The Lot Fell To Matthias; So He Was Added To The Eleven Apostles.

Imagine How Barsabbas Must’ve Felt. This Was An Incredible Opportunity; The 12 Apostles Would Have Their Names Written On The Foundation Of The New Jerusalem, Forever Esteemed And Respected. Barsabbas Got So Close; He Almost Became One Of The Apostles. He Could’ve Gotten Discouraged, Bitter, Dropped Out, But Instead Of Feeding His History, Dwelling On What Didn’t Work Out, He Let It Go And Kept Feeding His Destiny:

Acts 2:1-2 (NKJV)…2 When The Day Of Pentecost Had Fully Come, They Were All With One Accord In One Place

That Means He Wasn’t There With A Bad Attitude, A Chip On His Shoulder; He Kept Moving Forward.

When You Go Through A Disappointment, Something Doesn’t Work Out, Do Like Him; Don’t Feed The Negative, Sit Around Thinking, “I Missed My Big Opportunity.” God Knows What He’s Doing; Sometimes He Will Close Doors That We Think Should Be Open.

Maybe You Didn’t Get The Promotion That You Worked So Hard For, Didn’t Qualify For The Loan For The New House, The Relationship Didn’t Work Out; That’s In The Past. God Put A Period- That’s History; Keep Moving Forward, Feeding Your Faith, Dreams. At The Right Time, God Will Open Up A Better Door For You.

If You’re Going To Feed Your Destiny, You Have To Be Careful Who You Spend Time With; If You Associate With The Wrong People, They Can Feed You Doubt, Negativity, Gossip. You’re Going To Become Like The People You Hang Around; Make Sure That They Have What You Want. If They’re Negative, Critical, Compromise, Don’t Have Integrity, They’re Feeding You The Wrong Things.

Life Is Too Short To Hang Around People Who Are Causing You To Compromise. Your Time Is Too Valuable To Waste It With People Who Don’t Have A Dream, Aren’t Going Anywhere. You Don’t Have To Make A Big Announcement, Just Little By Little Spend Less Time With Them.

But Melwyn “What If I Hurt Their Feelings, They Get Upset?”; What If You Miss Your Destiny, What If They’re Keeping You From Going To The Next Level?

When You Come To The End Of Life, You Won’t Stand Before People; You Will Stand Before God. He Has Entrusted You With A Gift; You Have An Assignment, There’s Something For You To Accomplish. You Have A Responsibility To Become Who God’s Created You To Be. You Have To Take Bold Steps To Protect What You’re Feeding.

  • Those Co Workers That Are Negative And Critical; Instead Of Going To Lunch With Them Every Day, The Right Attitude Is, “I Love You, But I’m Not Going To Hang Around You, Because You’re Feeding Me Doubt, Negativity, Gossip.”

Sometimes, We Don’t Want To Rock The Boat; We Think That If We Make Changes, We Won’t Have Any Friends. The Truth Is, You May Be Lonely For A Season, But God Will Give You New, Better Friends, Who Will Push You Up And Not Pull You Down. But If You Don’t Get Rid Of The Wrong People, You Will Never Meet The Right People; You Should Surround Yourself With People Who Inspire You, Challenge You, Make You Better.

In The Book Of Deuteronomy, Before The Israelites Went To Battle, God Said To The Leaders:

Deuteronomy 20:8 (NLT)…8 “Then The Officers Will Also Say, ‘Is Anyone Here Afraid Or Worried? If You Are, You May Go Home Before You Frighten Anyone Else.’

God Knew That The Fear Would Spread, And Keep Them From The Victory.

The People Around You Are Contagious; What They Have, Over Time, You’re Going To Catch.  That’s Why The Scripture Says:

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NLT)..24 Don’t Befriend Angry People Or Associate With Hot-Tempered People, 25 Or You Will Learn To Be Like Them And Endanger Your Soul.

Spirits Are Transferable:

Proverbs 13:20 (Net Bible)..20 The One Who Associates With The Wise Grows Wise

Notice; It Works In The Positive And The Negative. You Have To Be Selective About Who You Spend Time With; You’re Going To Catch What They Have.

Illustration: contd

When The 10 Men Came Back From Spying Out The Promised Land, They Said To Moses:

Numbers 13:28-31 (NLT)…28 But The People Living There Are Powerful, And Their Towns Are Large And Fortified. We Even Saw Giants There… 31 … “We Can’t Go Up Against Them! They Are Stronger Than We Are!”

God Had Already Promised Them The Victory, But This Negative Report From 10 People Began To Spread Throughout The Camp; Before Long, All 2 Million People Were Afraid.

Numbers 14:3-4 (NLT)…3 … Wouldn’t It Be Better For Us To Return To Egypt?” 4 Then They Plotted Among Themselves, “Let’s Choose A New Leader And Go Back To Egypt!”

They Were Right Next Door To The Promised Land, But They Turned Around And Wandered In The Desert For 40 Years, And Never Did Make It In.

The Wrong People Can Talk You Out Of Your Dreams; Don’t Surround Yourself With Negative People, People That Tell You What You Can’t Become. They Don’t Know What’s In You, Or Control Your Destiny.

Some Of You Have Dreams That Are Lying Dormant Because The People Around You Are Negative; They’ve Accepted Mediocrity, And It Rubbed Off On You.

The Good News Is, Those Dreams Are Still Alive; If You Will Change Who You’re Spending Time With, And Get Around People Who Are Full Of Faith, See Your Potential, And Call Out Your Seeds Of Greatness, You’re Going To Step Up To A New Level And See Those Dreams Come To Pass.

You Have To Be Firm About Who You’re Letting Feed You; If Somebody Compromises, Doesn’t Have Integrity, Runs Around On Their Spouse, Be Friendly, But Don’t Hang Around With Them. Seek Out People Who Feed You Excellence, Integrity, Faith, Hope, And Inspiration.

Illustration: In Mark 8:

Mark 8:22-23 (NLT)..22 … Some People Brought A Blind Man To Jesus, And They Begged Him To Touch The Man And Heal Him. 23 Jesus Took The Blind Man By The Hand And Led Him Out Of The Village

Why Did He Take Him Out Of Town? He’s God, He Could’ve Healed Him Anywhere. Maybe It’s Because This Blind Man Was In A Negative Environment, Surrounded By People That Had Accepted Mediocrity; Jesus Had To Take Him Out So He Wouldn’t Be Talked Out Of His Miracle.

Sometimes, You Have To Get Out Of A Negative Environment To See God’s Favor In A New Way. Because The People Who Knew You Back Then Will Try To Keep You In The Same Box They’ve Had You In Since You Were Growing Up; The Problem Is, You’re Not The Same Person. They’re Trying To Feed Your History; God Is Ready To Feed Your Destiny.

It’s Time To Break Out Of That Box; Don’t Let The Limitations Of Those Around You Hold You Down. You Were Made For More; You Have New Levels, Seeds Of Greatness, Waiting To Spring Forth.

You May Have Had Some Disappointments In The Past, But This Is A New Day; God Is About To Release His Favor In A New Way. Chains That Have Held You Back Are Being Broken, Doors Are Going To Open That You Never Dreamed Would Open.

Now Do Your Part; Keep Feeding Your Faith, Hopes, Dreams. Stay On Your Diet -No More Feeding Doubt, Negativity, Compromise, Mourning Over What Didn’t Work Out.

Don’t Use Your Energy To Feed Your History; Use It To Feed Your Destiny.

If You’ll Do This, You’re About To Come In To Jesse’s House, See New Levels, Opportunities, Relationships, The Fullness Of Your Destiny.

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2 comments on “Don’t Feed Your History –Feed Your Future

  1. Sheena Punathil
    February 23, 2017

    Pastor…Very inspiring teaching and very motivating illustrations….really helpful and encouraging for Us to move ahead whatever the challenges be and to only focus on our future!

    Liked by 1 person

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