Forget The Past – Philippians 3:12-14
What is the story of your life? What is your past look like? Whatever your past looks like, good or bad, is not the issue in life but what you do with it. Everybody has a past. The issue is you have to handle your past with utmost care because it has power to make or mare you. Whether you have a great past or an ugly one, God does not want you to gaze at the past; he only wants you to glance at it. And there is a big difference between the two. When you gaze at the past you get glue to it such that it impairs your forward movement. When this happens, your life becomes stagnant and stinking. But when you glance at the past, you only pick up the relevant lessons necessary for future application that can help you to make the desired progress.
- LOOKING AT THE PAST COULD BE CONSTRUCTIVE (Phil. 3:12)
The past, whether good or bad, has its own sweet side. Like I said at the preface, sometimes God wants us to stop and look at the past through His spectacle and learn certain lessons. Although no one would like to remember a bad past because it could be tormenting and frustrating but remember the bible says God works through every situation to bring out the best (Rom 8:31). He does this because he has your master plan in His hands and He ensures that everything falls within the frame of His own agenda for your life.
Whenever you are looking at the past, please remember these three things to make your look constructive.
- Looking at the past should be a reminder of God’s love and faithfulness.
- Looking at the past positions you to be a testimony to others
- Looking at the past brings you an encouragement that difficult times will not always last.
- LIVING IN THE PAST IS DESTRUCTIVE (Phil. 3:13)
Don’t get glued to the past whether it is a great past or an ugly one. Of course Paul had a great and fascinating past (Phil 3:4-6), yet he refused to live in the glory of the past. He knew something greater awaits him; he knew there was a greater glory ahead. He knew had not exhausted his potentials. I need to remind you that the enemy of best is good. Many have been kept at the level of their good performance without knowing that they can still perform at their best. With this truth, Paul decided to press forward toward the goal of a high calling in Christ Jesus. Please remember these three dangers whenever you are tempted to live in the past.
- Living in the past closes your mind to the new things God is doing in the now.
- Living in the past limits your potentials for breaking new frontiers.
- Living in the past makes you to maintain the status quo by putting God in a cage of your own imagination.
- LIVING IN CHRIST IS PROGRESSIVE (Phil. 3:13-14)
God wants your life to be characterized with progress. Stagnation is not in the welfare package of your redemption. Your future is guaranteed and secured in God (Jeremiah 29:11). Please understand these vital principles if you desire to make a progressive movement in life:
- Moving forward requires an act of faith – Heb. 11:6
- Moving forward requires an act of obedience – Isaiah 1:5
- Moving forward requires that you wipe off the memory of the enemies past victory – Isaiah 43:18,19
- Moving forward requires engaging your potentials to explore the present opportunities.
- Moving forward requires starting with what you have where you are.
- Moving forward requires having a vision of a better tomorrow.
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power (Ephesians 1:17-19).
Join us for worship next Sunday at the Discovery Centre, opposite UI Second Gate, Ibadan. Every worship experience promises to be transforming at the Godly Brains International Christian Centre. We look forward to having you!