Welcome to Day 3 of Week 4!
Below is our second scripture study for this week.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
This is a passage that I keep close to my heart. It is truth that became vivid through personal experience. I had the privilege of attending our church’s Discipleship School taught by my beloved Brother Larry Reese, In class, Brother Larry helped me to better understand how our past influences our ability to move forward in the direction God has prepared for us to go.
For most of us, our “track record” with the past is greater than our “track record” with the Lord.
For this reason, we tend to look back or “fall back” because this is what we most know. We have experience “there.”
This is a pattern of behavior we must give to the Lord to break.
Paul says it above…
“forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead”
Hold on to what you have “attained” – practice what you have learned ❤️
We must be rooted in truth with our eyes fixed on Jesus…
This is our “way” to the “prize”…our purpose…toward the “call” God has for us in Christ Jesus.
Increase your “track record” with the Lord, by abiding…every day.
This is how we can overcome our tendency to look back.
Keep your eyes fixed ahead…on Jesus:)