Philippians 3:13 “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.”
In a footrace, to be successful, the runner must forget what is behind and strain toward the finish line, using every bit of their strategy and strength. Even more so in the Christian life, we must forget what is behind…disappointments, failures, broken relationships, trauma, deceit, false accusations, and lies.
Architects, engineers, electricians, boat captains, etc must all focus on what lies ahead, ready to deal with obstacles or barriers that may arise. Constantly looking backward will at least delay and possibly create disaster. Mistakes or failures are elements in our lives that refine our character and give birth to forgiveness and reliance on God.
Once we decide to “forget what is behind,” we must put on the armor of God because the enemy of our soul will attack with hundreds of scenarios in which we’ve been badly treated, accused of wrong doing, or lied about. What shall we do in these cases? Nothing! Praise God for false accusations and character attacks. If these attacks are false, we will be aligned with our loving Savior who when falsely accused, did not defend Himself.
“He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly; he never said a word. Like a lamb about to be slaughtered, like a sheep about to be sheared, he never said a word.” Isaiah 53:7
“When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge.” 1 Peter 2:23
Call out to God. Believe in His awesome power to overcome all the weapons of the enemy. Place your life in His hands and trust that He will forgive your sins, save your soul and reserve a place for you in Paradise.
Remember what He told the thief on the cross—Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.” Luke 23:43