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Forget the Past and Press On to What's Ahead

 

Shared by Apostle James R Winfree Sr, Revealing The Truth Of God's Holy Word:

 

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).

 

We Are Looking Forward

 

Often it is our past that plays a big part in our sense of defeat in life. We can become gripped with memories of failures from the past, or we can become stifled by earlier mistakes. Hurts, pains, and disappointments can grow into bitterness, anger, and frustration and serve to keep us on the bench rather than in the game. Apostle Paul recognized the importance of letting go of the past and leaning in toward what is ahead. He needed to do it in his own life, not only to forget the regrettable things he had done (like persecuting the church) but also to let go of the pride of the accomplishments he had achieved in the past. Either one would slow him down.

 

One of the disciplines every sprinter is taught early on in training is to never glance back at competitors during the race. This one simple move can slow him down and cause him to miss out on winning the race. In the same way, we must keep our focus forward and on the goal of knowing Christ and growing in Him. We must relinquish the power that the past holds on us, let go of the past hurts, defeats, embarrassments, mistakes, and even the past accomplishments in which we may tend to wallow. Living with our eyes looking back will only discourage us and trip us up. We are told in Scripture to look back at one thing, and that is the goodness of the Lord and what He has done for us.

 

Thanking God for His blessings will strengthen us, but rehearsing wounds, mistakes, and miseries will only serve to weaken us. Now, I know it is impossible to erase all the memories from your life. Brother Paul wasn’t talking about voiding every memory from your brain. He was basically saying he was no longer affected or influenced by the past. A runner stays focused on where she is going, not where she has been. Whether we are being burdened by regrets of things we did in the past or glorying in things we did in the past, it is time to move forward.

 

My Brother Minister. Dave Winfree and Bible teacher put it this way, “Forgetting those things which behind do not suggest an impossible feat of mental and psychological gymnastics by which we try to erase the sins and mistakes of the past. It simply means that we break the power of the past by living for the future. We cannot change the past, but we can change the meaning of the past. There are things in Apostle Paul’s past that could have been weighted to hold him back, but they became inspirations to speed him ahead. The events did not change, but his understanding of them changed.”

 

God can use the situations in the past to make us wiser and stronger. Let us not allow our past to render us powerless, but rather let us give our past to Christ and thank Him for the lessons learned. We are to run forward, pressing on to what God has prepared ahead for us. He has a plan for each of us. Don’t become entangled in what has happened to you. Seek Jesus help in overcoming the grip the past has on your life. In the Old Testament, Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt. Why? Because she looked back. In the same way, allowing our mind to replay old tapes over and over again can stifle us and rob us of our ability to move forward. We must guard our gaze and concentrate on what God has ahead of us in Jesus Christ.Amen Church.

 

 

We Are Leading One And All To God Our Blessed Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Apostle James R Winfree Sr, Online Love Fellowship Jesus Church And Nations Media Ministries

 

We Are Building Up Jesus Church, Not Religious Buildings Or Things!!

 

2 Corinthians 9:7