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August 16, 2016, 12:23 PM

August 17, 2016

“But one thing I do: 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.”

                                                                                                                        Philippians 3:13-14

     We all have a desire sometimes to live in the past.  We’ve all heard and experienced the stories of the “good ole days” and desire to return.  As times become more chaotic, we find ourselves longing for a simpler time.  We long for days of less stress, fewer problems and easier answers to the problems that we do face.  However, when we think about it, those who lived in the “good ole days” probably longed for someone else’s “good ole days”.  Whether we like it or not, things are different and constantly changing!  An interesting quote this week says: “While statistics are interesting, they’re all in the past”.

     People, businesses and even churches can get themselves in deep trouble by insisting to live in the past.  The past should be a learning tool that we use to our advantage.  We must make it a point to learn from past failures and successes.  The enemy desires for us to constantly dwell on our past failures so that we are afraid to take a step of faith to follow God’s plan.  Paul knew this all too well.  His past was filled with anger, hate, and persecution of the Church.  However, once he met Jesus, his life took on new meaning.  He was forgetting about the past and “straining toward what is ahead”.  Now, does that mean that Paul never remembered any of the things that happened in the past?  No, it means that the things that happened in the past (which the enemy would desire to negatively affect his ministry) had no impact on Paul because he was a new creation in Christ.

     We must all learn to do the same.  It is fun to reminisce about things that happened years ago.  When we think about the past, we will often remember failures which the devil desires to use against us.  However, as Paul, we can forget about those things because in Christ we have been forgiven.  Let us, also like Paul, “press on toward the goal to win the prize”!  There are three important lessons for us: Study the past but live in the present, always continue learning, and seize every moment to share the love of Christ with every resource God provides!

 

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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