3/29/19   (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,  Phil. 3:13.”

Forget What Lies Behind
Many people don’t fully understand what it means to forget the past. One definition of the word “forget” is “to disregard intentionally, or to overlook.” You have to intentionally disregard your past so that it doesn’t keep you from moving forward. That means the good and the bad. If we’re not careful, even our past victories can keep us from rising higher if we get too comfortable where we are. God wants to take us from glory to glory, but if we don’t let go of the old, we’ll never be able to embrace the new. It’s time to forget what lies behind. Put it away once and for all. When you release it, it’s an act of your faith. Focus all your energy on moving forward. Trust that God has new levels of victory, peace and favor. Trust that He’s working behind the scenes on your behalf. As you forget what lies behind and press forward, you will see the abundant life the Lord has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in Heaven, I choose to forget the past today. I don’t want anything to hold me back from the future You have prepared for me. I choose forgiveness and ask that You help me, by Your Spirit, to press forward in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

My Comments:
This one is difficult to do as we think with our mind and act out of our heart.  So how to get that concept of truth way down in our heart of hearts.  And like written above,  forget both the good and the bad and trust GOD with the ultimate judgment along with HIS help,  you will need it.  It may even be totally different than what you thought it was when you were going through it.   So we need to think something through many times before our heart will really accept it.  That is one of the reasons for listening to the New Testament on CD over and over.  Each time that I listen the message goes a little deeper.  I have a N.T. + a  CD in my truck,  great to go down the road watching the road but considering the Truth of God so as to make the needed changes in my life almost easy.

If we walk in unforgiveness towards someone then any one that we come in contact with that looks, feels, acts or even smells like them will cause us to become  defensive and tend to write them off.  And yet they did nothing.  And on the other side, someone reminding you of someone who made us happy will cause us to lower our normal guard and trust them.  And that too can be very dangerous.  So getting rid of the past is a most necessary thing to do.  If you would like to have a future guided by the Holy Spirit without fear or anger creeping in from the past and messing things up for your future the past must go.  So it is not worth it to carry on with a feud, vendetta, attitude or even a stink eye.  The Word of God states clearly that all Judgment belongs to GOD.  Just got accused on Face Book of getting charred by my foil hat.  I wrote back that when it torches my Hawaiian lauhala straw hat I will take notice.  

It often helps me shed the past by remembering what Christ Jesus said when the guys were driving nails through his feet into the Cross.  “Father forgive them, they really don’t know what they are doing.”   So our LORD was more concerned about their souls than he was  concerning the pain in HIS feet,  WOW!  Hope I can learn this one by faith and not by experience.  You might want to consider that there are 2 ways to learn.   You can learn by experience about Mac Trucks or you can learn by faith and just stay out of the way.  But if you live to tell about it, it is the same lesson.  Only one way is much more painful than the other. 

So read the Word of God,  forget the past and step out in faith and enjoy the manny opportunities to make lemon aid.

Yours in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy.  Ken<><   ( There is a link on  www. to many of our past Blogs with easy to find subject headings.  Hope you enjoy.  )

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