When the Past Prevents You from Going Forward …
Is your past preventing you from going forward?
Sometimes, there are verses that are easier to read than to live out. Philippians 3:13-14 says, “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.”
We can summarize it like this: Today, I choose to forget what is behind, pressing forward to what is ahead!
“I choose to forget the past and no longer take it into account. What happened is over. As of now, I can go forward.”
In reality, unfortunately, it’s not enough to declare it in order to experience it ... even if it’s a good start. Here's a good example: Imagine that you’re making a meal and cut yourself. You go to rinse, disinfect, and put a bandage on the wound to stop it from reopening as it begins to heal. Then, once you decide to take the bandage off, you don't constantly touch the wound!
Why? Because it still hurts! If you touch it before a scar is completely formed, it may look “healed” ... but in the deeper layers of the epidermis, the work is still in progress.
Yet, sometimes that’s what we do with the past. We “touch” it; we talk about it. How difficult it can be to stop talking about the situation in which we remain blocked! The ex that hurt you. The coworker that deceitfully got the promotion. The financial situation that went downhill. The church member who absolutely did not behave like a brother in Christ. It already happened ... and you feel like you’ve gotten past it, moved on to other things. However, at the slightest reminder of what happened, you start dwelling on it again ... The healing process started, but it was never completed.
If you can relate to this, give it all back to God, believing that He already took it, carried it all for you. He wants to free you from the past! He can!
Thanks for existing!