Our lives are made up of heartbreaking sorrows, painful regrets, and hopefully, delightful successes. Each event has influenced our character and the future goals we set for ourselves.
But if we’re not careful, we could unintentionally allow our past to keep us from experiencing God’s plan for our future.
For instance, the effects of losing someone (whether through death, divorce or betrayal), can leave us bitter or broken, unable to move forward for a while. Or distress from our bad choices can cause us to doubt we’ll ever make right choices – just as the confidence we gain from our successes can cause us to become overly confident, trusting in our own abilities. All of these reactions can hinder us in seeking God’s future will for us.
On the contrary, when we allow God to heal our damaged hearts, we’re able to leave our doubt and insecurities behind. And if we’ve experienced much success (though we praise God for it), we must ask God to help us let go of any self-reliance and egotistical pride that keeps us from moving toward the next chapter He has for us.
Would you consider reading this week’s verses out loud, as if you, yourself, wrote them?
“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14 ESV).
What are your future goals? If you’re seeking healing and restoration, your goal may be simply to make it another day (I pray you will, too). And if you’re from the blessed group who has known mostly successes, then your goal may well be that of succeeding again at what you do best.
But, what would happen if we were to ask God what His goal is for our future?
Consider asking God to help you leave the past behind (in the way that is relevant to this message), in order to obtain the prize of God’s specific calling for you. And then, press on (and keep pressing on in Christ’s strength) toward that goal.
What about you?
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- Can you see how your failures – and your successes – could hinder you from pursuing a new direction God has for you?
- How will you apply Philippians 3:13b-14 to your current circumstances regarding what you feel God is calling you to do?
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