Say goodbye to the past-And Hello to the future!
Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
This is usually the time of year when people experience deep regret for what they didn’t accomplish
In 2018. Such as commitments they made to themselves that they didn’t keep, promises they made to others that they left unfulfilled, or goals they set that they didn’t attain. Some are disappointed in themselves for a lack of spiritual progress.
I have a suggestion for you. Rather than live in regret about what you didn’t do last year, make this a day to spend some quality time with the lord and repent for not doing what you should have done. Then make the decision to stop wallowing in regret about something that’s in the past and that you can’t do anything about now. Its time for you to shake off that negative focus of what you didn’t do right last year and to start thanking God that today offers a new opportunity to do better. Think about it, this new year present you with new opportunity to make some serious changes in your life.
That’s why I love to meditate on Philippians 3:13. The apostle Paul gave us sound advice for leaving the past behind and focusing on the future before us. He said, Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
Let’s focus on the part of this verse that says, forgetting those things which are behind. The word forgetting is taken from the Greek word epilanthano, if you break this word up epi which in this context means turning form one thing to focus on something else, the other part of the word lanthano, describe something that is finished, done with. So, putting this word together (epilanthano) means you should turn away from and forget. Leave it behind and never revisit it, stop paying attention to it.
I’m not saying that the devil will not remind us of our past failures, but we can use the same words Jesus used GET THEE BEHIND ME!. We must speak with bold authority in Jesus name. Speak to those thoughts like they are enemies sent from the devil to drag you down into the depression and defeat.
Don’t listen to them, it’s time for you to speak out loud and remind the devil that those failures and negative memories are in the past. They are under the blood of Jesus and therefore no longer applicable. Resist those thoughts of failure just like you would resist the devil. Command then to get behind you and to stay away forever in Jesus name. You have the power right now to turn away from yesterday. Make that decision today.
Blessed to be a blessing