Most of us don’t have a problem wanting to forget the past due to some horrific mistakes and decisions we have made in the past. There are things that I have done in the past that make me sick to my stomach and I wish I could forget them. If we are all honest with ourselves, we ALL have things in the past we want to forget. These past mistakes and failures tend to keep our focus off of the prize, the eternal prize of being in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The devil hates God and he is out to steal, kill , and destroy us, at all costs, and since God loves us so much, the devil is on the prowl! Satan uses our pasts to brainwash us to think that we are no good and there is no way God would and could use someone like us. We need to forget the things that are in the past and press forward in our walk with Jesus. “He is the way the truth and the life.”
The Apostle Paul tells us in Phillipians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
On the other hand, I believe there are some things that have happened in our past that we hold onto that we are “proud” of past accomplishments and good deeds are fine, but they become a problem when our pride and arrogance take our eyes off of the prize. We seem to think that we have already made it, we did it and i am just going to cruise on through this life with Jesus in the backseat. If this is where you find yourself today, forget about the past accomplishments and regain your focus on the prize, Jesus Christ! Lord, please forgive us if we have become so prideful and unfocused.
If anybody had room to brag or be boastful, it would be the Apostle Paul. Paul was one of the greatest men of God to walk this earth. But notice he said, I haven’t apprehended or lay a hold of, or he hadn’t arrived yet, but one thing he did do was forgetting those things in the past. He forgot the good, the bad, and the ugly. Rememeber Paul had the “shady past” as he persecuted Christians before he found Jesus on the Damascus Road, so he knew about this from both views.
Our hope is in Christ. Don’t dwell on your past. Instead, grow in your relationship with God by reading His Word and by talking (Pray) to Him. Know that you are forgiven, and move on to a life of faith and obedience in Jesus Christ.
I want to challenge each of you today to live your life as if the cross of Jesus Christ is laid out before you with every breath you take. If we will do this, it will change the way we live our lives.
Press on weary soldier, press on toward the the mark of the prize. Keep fighting, keep pursuing, keep trusting Him, and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!!
Because He lives,