The Past or Path? // Philippians 3:13
Today’s verse speaks volumes to the person who needs to leave behind an old worn-out, burned-out way of living. We all have things in our past we regret. The good news is God is far more concerned about the path of your future than the wreckage of your past. The enemy, also known as the accuser, wants to keep you going back over your past in hopes of keeping you off the path of salvation. Don’t do it. Please! The Apostle Paul had plenty in his past to regret, but the hope of eternity forged God’s promise of salvation. This is precisely why he was able to say that he forgot what was in his past so he could embrace the future path. Now, it is true that path involved some struggle, which is true for all of us. That struggle produced the strength and stamina needed to keep on keeping on. Consider what Philippians 3:14 says, “I run toward the goal, so I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.” I hope this is true for you today. We all have things in our past we must remember to forget lest we are vulnerable to the devil’s trickery in convincing us we are disqualified from God’s heavenly prize. Don’t be deceived. Focus on God’s path and not your past.