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Most, if not all of us have done things in the past that we are not proud of and would like to be buried forever. For some persons, getting pass their past is a big problem. They are so troubled by the past, that they are unable to live a guilt-free; worry-free life in the present. They are in constant fear of what the consequence of their wrong-doings might be.
In this Bible study lesson, we will seek for answers in the Bible concerning how we can get pass our past and start to live a life of freedom from guilt and fear by looking at the experience of David and how he got pass his past.
2 Samuel 12:9 (read also 2 Samuel 11:1-5)
“Wherefore hast thou ________________ the ________________ of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast _____________Uriah the Hittite with the ___________, and hast taken his ____________ to be thy ______________, and hast ____________him with the __________of the children of Ammon.”
David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah and when he found out that Bathsheba was pregnant, he tried to cover up his wrongs by killing Uriah.
Psalm 51:1, 2
“Have ________________ upon me, O ________________, accord-ing to Thy _________________: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies ______________ out my transgressions.
When he was confronted by Nathan, the prophet, David recognized that only God could help him to get pass his past. Therefore, instead of depending on himself, David sought to lean on the mercy of God.
Psalm 51:3, 4
“For I ____________________ my ____________________: and my ________________ is ever before me. Against _____________, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in ______________sight:”
Acknowledging our wrongs is the first step in seeking to get pass our past (see Proverbs 28:13; Jeremiah 3:13).
“Behold, I was ____________ in _____________; and in _______did my mother _____________me.”
David also confessed that he was a sinner by nature (as are all human beings who are born in this world)—on his own he is not able to do what is right (Romans 3:10-19).
Psalm 51:2 (read also v. 7-10)
“_________________ me throughly from mine ________________, and ___________________ me from my ______________.”
“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be ________________, and _______________ away thy ______________, calling on the name of the Lord.”
Mark 1:8; (read also John 3:5)
“I indeed have baptized you with ________________: but he shall baptize you with the _______________________.”
“Go ye therefore, and _________________ all nations, _____________ them in the _______________ of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
Before persons are baptized, they need to be taught the basics of salvation and what is required of them so that they can make an intelligent decision about giving their lives to the Lord and serving Him.
“Then Peter said unto them, ________________, and be ________________ every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the ________________ of ________________, and ye shall receive the gift of the ________________________.”
In response to learning about the truth of God, it is the per-son’s responsibility to repent of their sins before being baptized. Repentance involves a 1) sorrow for the wrongs that you have done; 2) a decision to turn away from those wrongs and; 3) a decision to make amends for the wrongs done (as far as possible) and to put things in place that will help to prevent you from repeating those wrongs.
Isaiah 1:18 (see also Micah 7:19)
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your _____________ be as ____________, they shall be as ____________ as snow; though they be ____________ like crimson, they shall be as ____________.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man be in _______________ , he is a __________ creature: ___________ things are ____________ away; behold, all things are become new.”
Being born again is truly the most effective way to get pass our past. Considering that, when we accept Christ, receive His forgiveness and are baptized by water and by His Spirit, God gives us a new start in life—like a new born baby, we have no past, but we have a brand new future.
“He that believeth and is _______________ shall be _____________; but he that ________________ not shall be _________________.”
Though being baptized by water does not have any virtue of itself to save anyone, it is a rite that has been commanded by God to be used as symbol of a person’s commitment to Him and their desire to unite in fellowship with His Church on earth (see Acts 2:41; 22:16).
The Bible records a situation in which believers, who were baptized by John the Baptist, were re-baptized after being taught