Forgetting

Forgetting

Yesterday I posted some thoughts on Philippians 3:13-14 by Bayless Conley. Today I want to do the same again as he draws out some more helpful thoughts on the same verses.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The key word I want to have you focus on today is forgetting. I want you to understand the importance of forgetting the past so you can move forward.

Some people – perhaps you – cannot reach forward because they are continually looking backwards. Their focus is on their past sins, their past mistakes, their past failures, their past hurts.

God does not want you to live in the past, but rather focus on the future. Bury your past so you can uncover your future.

Focus

In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul says,

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The phrase I want to direct you to today is Paul’s statement, “One thing I do.” These are echoes of words King David spoke when he said, “One thing I desire,” and Jesus, who said to the rich young ruler, “There is one thing you lack.”

Then there is the blind man, who had been blind from birth, whom Jesus healed. When he was questioned, he said, “There is one thing I know: I was blind, now I see.” One thing I do; one thing I desire; one thing you lack; one thing I know.

Each of these statements points to a vital thing needed if you are to grow in your spiritual life: FOCUS.

The problem with many people is they are far too scattered. They are trying to do everything and be everything. They try to be a jack-of-all-trades and end up being a master of none.

If that describes you today, let me ask you a question: What is the one main thing that should be the focus of your life?

Bayless Conley

Hope

My hope comes from him. 
Psalm 62:5

I often ask myself where is my hope? When we hope that things will change for the better where do we look? What is it that we put our hope in?

For some they hope that things will change over time. Such hope is randomly placed in the ‘cycles of time’. History shows that fortunes swing back and forth over time. But if we hope in ‘time’ that is placing our focus on circumstances that have no real consistency. Furthermore we are hoping in something (time), which decreases for us every day. It is slowly running out.

For some they hope in themselves. They alone know what they want, and need, better than anyone. They will not let themselves down because they have a vested interest in achieving the desired outcome. Hoping in themselves has less pain than being let down by others. Unfortunately human experiences show though, that we do let ourselves down at times. Logic would also confirm that we can only achieve our hope in accordance with the resources we possess within ourselves. We can never be more than we are.

For some they hope in Luck. Our luck will change. It has to change, doesn’t it? The laws of probability highlight that we can look for a change of fortunes at some point. Does this provide certainty? Does this provide genuine hope? Change will happen but will it be as we hoped? Is this hope not completely at the mercy of external circumstances?

The psalmist wrote that his hope was in God. It came from an understanding of both who God is, and what God has done. It is a hope rooted in personal experience and personal understanding. It is a hope of faith, but a faith that has grown through a relationship. It has been tried, tested and proven.

Hope in God is not based upon random cycles. Hope in God is based upon the understanding that God’s resources outweigh our own. We can be more than we are – through our Father in Heaven. Hope in God is not based upon probability but certainty.

If we look to God for the supply of our needs, whether temporal or spiritual blessings, our hope will not be in vain. God does not fails to honour His promises; and when we bring them to His throne, He never sends them back unanswered.

Let us live in hope and may our hope be contagious.

A God who heals

“But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings”. — Malachi 4:2

It makes total sense that the God who created us can also heal us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Bible is full of documented accounts of God’s healing. Our God is indeed a God who heals. This is a belief we need to hold. It is a belief we need to hold in faith. It is in our revering that our healing comes. It is in, and through, our relationship that we are renewed. It is in the depth of our spiritual life we find our spiritual comfort.

But healing is not a right. It is not automatic. The best condition we can be in is not health but life. It is not free from pain it is free from the penalty of sin. This is the healing that makes the difference. This is the healing that transforms our lives.

God’s healing is wholeness. It is something far greater.

Revere his name and be healed. If you need healing for your spirit, body, and life then draw near to him. Go to him. Receive Him. Wait in prayer. Listen in faith. God has promised to rise with healing in his wings.

A need to know more

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:2

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified”

The apostle Paul had absolute confidence in the power of the gospel. He devoted his whole life to the proclamation and defence of the gospel. He knew that the power of his message was not in ‘how” he spoke but ‘what’ he spoke. It is the content that makes the difference.

There is nothing wrong in anyone seeking to perfect their preaching and speaking. Indeed it is to be encouraged. However the drama is in the message. It is the content that God honours. But What content?

Well, Paul discovered through meeting the risen Christ and receiving God’s Spirit that the content that makes the difference is the truth about Jesus and His offer of salvation. It is not wisdom from the world or the wisdom of ‘what is current’. God is not only active in the events but also in the message.

So how do we know what to say? Again Paul gives his answer. It comes from both knowledge and experience. Paul had knowledge of the risen Jesus but he added to that a learning of his earthly life and death. But, Paul was not just content with mental knowledge he wanted to experience these truths in his life. His preaching therefore was also a testimony. It wasn’t just words, but words he knew to be true.

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