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Redeeming Your Past & Finding Your Promised Land

by Dr. Ray Self


Redeeming Your Past - Lesson 3


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  2. Follow along on the study guide below the video window.

Finding Your Promised Land - Lesson 3

Give an honest heartfelt answer to each of the questions below:

      Rate your self on a scale of 1-5

  1. This is not true of me.
  2. I struggle to believe this.
  3. I think it is true but I do not always believe it.
  4. I honestly believe this is true and I live it most of the time.
  5. I believe this, this is who I am, and I live it every day.

I am totally acceptable 1 2 3 4 5
I am pleasing to God 1 2 3 4 5
I am worthy of blessing 1 2 3 4 5
I am affirmed by God 1 2 3 4 5
I am a child of the King 1 2 3 4 5
I am a joint heir with Christ 1 2 3 4 5

On the negative side -

I am a failure. 1 2 3 4 5
I do not deserve good things. 1 2 3 4 5
Other people are better than me. 1 2 3 4 5
I am not sure that I am saved. 1 2 3 4 5
I do not "measure up." 1 2 3 4 5
I am abandoned. 1 2 3 4 5
I am unlovable. 1 2 3 4 5
I am not capable. 1 2 3 4 5
I am poor. 1 2 3 4 5
I am not smart. 1 2 3 4 5

The key to redemption is to determine what is going on in your present day mind.

Challenge Yourself with the Following Questions about Your Mind:

  • Is what you believe about yourself in agreement with Scripture?
  • What is the root of this belief?
  • Where did it begin?
  • How long have you believed this about yourself?
  • What have you done to cover-up this belief about yourself?
  • Are you wearing a mask?
  • Are you afraid that if your friends knew the real you, they might not accept you?
  • Have you created a “false self?”
  • What do you do to maintain this “false self?”
  • Are you getting tired of just trying to maintain?
  • Do you feel pressured to be this false self or just to be someone else?

      The Real and the False Self:

  • When the true self hides the false self takes over.
  • The false self heals by its own methods.
  • The false self is in agreement with the world’s standards.
  • The real self is the only person that God wants to deal with.

The primary key to overcoming your past and moving into your promised land is to examine your present day beliefs and desires.

Your beliefs and personal hungers can be your blessing to your future or they can be your stumbling block.

Is your past still slowing you down? The answer is in your thought life today.

By examining your thoughts and honestly determining what you believe that is contrary to Scripture, you can conclude what healing is still needed.

Most people’s negative beliefs have been shaped through painful past experiences. "As a man thinks within is heart so is he" (see Proverbs 22:7).

Your past experiences do not determine your future. Your past is a teacher and perhaps a strength and wisdom builder, but it still does not determine your entrance into your promised land.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much – James 5:16 (KJV).

God is a God of truth. No cover-up of any sort will work with Him. Admitting the truth about yourself to God is a giant step toward freedom. Admitting the truth about yourself to another person is also required.

Admission, confession, and asking for help are God’s way. Pride will try to keep you silent and that will keep you from moving forward. God loves humility!

God heals the broken hearted - Isaiah 61:1- The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;.

It is clear that the anointing of the Holy Spirit brings healing to the heart and freedom to anyone who is bound. So logically, we should be filled with the Spirit to be free from hindrances.

Ephesians 5:18 - And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.

Study Questions:

  1. What is the primary key to redeeming your past?
  2. Why do your past experiences do not necessarily have to shape your future?
  3. Why is confessing our faults important?
  4. What is the problem with pride?

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