Forgetting The Past


Weekly Bible Study
Forgetting The Past
July 29, 2015

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Philippians 3: 13

. To be successful, a runner must forget what is behind and strain toward
the finish line, using every bit of strategy and strength. Even more so in
the Christian life, we must forget the disappointments, failures, broken
relationships, trauma, deceit, false accusations, and lies of the past.
Architects, engineers, electricians, photographers, 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 normal elements in
our lives that refine our character which can give birth to forgiveness and
reliance on God.

But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts his hand to the plow and then looks
behind him is useless for the kingdom of God
.” Luke 9:62

Let us leave behind the elementary teaching about Christ and go forward
to adult understanding
. Heb. 6: 1

Yet, my brothers, I do not consider myself to have “arrived”, spiritually, nor
do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping ever
more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped me. My brothers, I do
not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate
on this: I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched
to whatever
lies ahead I go straight for the goal; my reward–the honor of being called
by God in Christ
. Phil. 3: 13-14

Once we decide to “forget what is behind,” we must arm ourselves with
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
wrongdoing, 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 oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led
to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before
its shearers,
so He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7

And while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He
uttered no threats, but kept entrustinq Himself to Him who judges
righteously .
.. 1 Peter 2:23

So 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 ultimately deliver you from all sin and destruction because He said so. Remember what He told the thief on the cross, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43


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