I just wanted to share something with you that the Lord revealed to me during my quiet time this morning.
"I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."
"Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead..."
Doesn't that sound great? Freeing? Exciting?
It does to me.
Do you realise what Paul is saying here?
Because of Christ within us we can live free of the past and be hopeful of what lies ahead of us in the future.
The past no longer has a hold on you, child of God.
When I read this verse this morning I realised that so many of my thoughts and attitudes are based around events that happened in the past. My experiences - my past experiences - or, more accurately my perception of those past experiences have been shaping the way I live. That's not wrong or abnormal, in fact everybody does it, it's just that the negative memories hold me back, causing me to be ineffective and defeated.
But do you see that those mindsets are just an illusion?
We are not ineffective! We are not defeated!
Romans 8:37 tells us that overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, and in 2 Peter 1:3 we are told that God has already given us everything we need for living a godly life.
You + God = VICTORY!
I know it's not just a matter of blocking out the past and being unwise - it's about deciding that the past doesn't have to determine your future.
Your yesterday doesn't have to determine your today.
When we allow the experiences of the past to affect us today we are taken hostage by DREAD.
Dread is a debilitating emotion based on fear and worry, and the reason why we dread (well, why I dread) is because we are calling on past experience.
We dread the dentist because of past experience.
We dread having awkward conversations with difficult people because of past conflict.
When I was pregnant with our second and third daughters I was over the moon except for the fact that I knew what I had to go through when it was time to give birth! I didn't have that dread with our first daughter's birth because I had no prior experience to call on.
Your future is so bright, don't tarnish it by prematurely deciding that there is no hope.
Forget what negative lessons your past has taught you.
This is a fresh new day and God has great things planned for you!
Please come again soon.