Why forgetting the past is so important
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 3:13-14)
I've been struggling personally as of late with a wet, cold blanket of my past hanging on me. Jesus met me this morning in my devotional and led me deep into Philippians to discover the secret of ridding me of my past, past failures and wrongs done to me. Wrongs done to me added to and magnified past failures. When dwelling on the successes I've had in the past , this only made things worse. At the top of the mountain of dread was the jeering attacks of Satan reminding me of blessings past and why I'd been left here, abandoned by God, here in this predicament.
Our prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we pray and ask in the name of Jesus that we may let go of the past by your grace. Our failures are no longer brought before us. We stand on Romans 8:1: There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. The wrongs done to us we forgive those who have trespassed against us and we refuse to allow self-pity or bitterness or hatred come near the doorstep of our hearts; we thank you for our past successes but we do not hold on to them, but press on to new beginnings no matter what they may be; we also thank you for our past blessings but Lord let us go forward as the children of Israel expecting new fresh manna each day and not to live on what we had yesterday. Thank you for delivering us from our past and this is done NOW ! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.