Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Forgetting What Lies Behind

 Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14

 Forgetting What Lies Behind

I have always loved this verse. I love this verse because I have been so encumbered by the mistakes of my past at times that I have found it difficult to move forward. Many of us have felt that snare because this is one of Satan’s favorite places for us. As long as we are looking back, it is impossible to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. He would have us stuck in shame and regret and tangled in defeat from our past failures for our whole lives if he could. But he does not get the last say over our lives – unless we let him.

When we become Christians, we are adopted heirs, joint heirs with Jesus. That means that all Jesus In ancient Rome, when someone was adopted, their old life was completely erased. There was no such thing as an adopted son or daughter. Instantly they belonged to the couple that adopted them as much as their biological children did. They immediately were given the same title, status, and legal standing. All the adoptees previous history was gone -their old family, as well as any debts.

We are His children and as His children, we never lose our inheritance, and Satan can never take it away. What Satan can do is keep us from living in the freedom of that inheritance. He will whisper in our ear every day that we are not good enough, that God would never want us because of our past mistakes, that He would never really forgive us, that we are damaged forever, that we will never be worthy of His forgiveness and love, and He definitely would never see us as a son or daughter. He wants us to believe that we would never be worthy of His love, mercy, or help. He wants us to feel hopeless.

God took us, accepted us in our filth and sin and gave His life for us, knowing that we would continue to fail Him at times because we are human. He made us a part of His family, and in His mind, wiped away every part of our past, exchanging it for hope, forgiveness and an eternal inheritance.

If we are going to embrace this new year and do anything constructive, and if we are going to live the victorious life He has given us as His heirs, then we have to forget what lies behind. If we don’t, we will be tied down by holding on to the past. Our past mistakes and failures that we can’t let go of will nail us down right where we are with no power to press on. This is not God’s plan for us. His plan is for us to go for the goal. He has given us the freedom to break away from what lies behind – and forget it! 

Let it go, throw it off, cast it away, and don’t let Satan fill your head with the lies of shame. Run with confidence into your future, the future bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. Run in your freedom, the freedom bestowed on you as His heir, your debt erased. 

No hindrances. No chains. No lies. No Shame. Toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus..


Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

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