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LOOKING BACK

June 5, 2017

Monday

 

Philippians 3:13

 

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,

 
LESSON

 

Paul disclaimed having attained conformity to Christ. He viewed his experience as similar to a runner’s. He did not look back. The apostle did not mean that he refused to remember things that had happened to him in the past, which included past failures as well as past successes. He had just reviewed some of those things. He meant that he did not rest in his heritage or in his past attainments. He had abandoned the unworthy goal that he had pursued in the past. Now he had a new goal toward which he was looking and running.

 

Forget those wrongs done, whose memory could paralyze you with guilt and despair. Forget, too, those attainments achieved as a Christian, the recollection of which might cause one to put life into neutral and to say, ‘I have arrived.’ Forget in such a way that the past, good or bad, will have

no negative bearing on one’s present spiritual growth or conduct.

 

Memory Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

 

The longer we keep looking back in the rear view mirror, it takes away from everything that’s moving forward.

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