Forgetting What Lies Behind

24 02 2011

Now that our old house is town down and we have mastered what can get to us as we expand our territory and begin to build the new with our next topic that starts next week.  There is also something we must remember as we leave this old and that is to forget about it!  To not look back as we build.  We truly must…

 “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead..” – Philippians 3:13b

According to the Webster dictionary, forget means to lose the remembrance of, to be unable to think of or recall, to disregard intentionally.  So imagine what the world would be like if we could lose remembrance of all of the negative things that have happened in our past.  If we could intentionally disregard that person that did us wrong but not just forget about it but truily let it go and allow ourselves to be cleaned of that person, place or thing.  If we are unable to recall what our mate did the last time we have an argument,  you all know how women are good at bringing up  what happened yesterday into today’s argument and make the disagreement all together worse. But we don’t live in that kind of world do we.  Sometimes we are constantly reminded of what has been or what may have happened, so what I think this bible verse is asking us to do is to take our focus off of it.  To stop bringing it up.  To let go of it so that we can break free of any chain it may have on us that is holding us back.   Sometimes it really is the fact that we hold on to that negative emotion from what happened yesterday that we can’t even move toward tomorrow.  You don’t believe me?

Do you ever wonder why some woman find out that their man has been cheating or have any number of reasons for a really bad break up and yet as soon as they leave one man, a good one comes along?  Do you ever wonder why that happens to them and not to you?  It happens because they DON’T STAY STUCK!  They don’t stay stuck hoping that their Ex will get it together and come back.  They don’t stay stuck wallowing and thinking about all the things that they should have done, could have done, would have done.  Instead, they

 “press toward the goal….” Philippians 3:14a

Yes it really is that simple. This all comes down to not staying stuck on the things that happened to you yesterday but instead staying focused on tomorrow.    The woman that finds herself able to leave yesterday and focus on tomorrow believes in herself and holds her head up high.  She let’s go, believing in her desire to have a mate who appreciates her and who shares the desire to have a long, committed and happy relationship.  She may not know where this person is or when this mate will come, but she trusts the desire to have better and DOES NOT SETTLE for less.  This woman believes in who she is and what she wants, instead of focusing on what was lost.   I must tell you that although I am using the example of a bad relationship this really does apply to everything that happens in our past as we have the power to choose to look forward to hope and promise or to look back and stay stuck on what happened yesterday.  Here’s another story that may help illustrate what I mean.

There is a story in the 19th chapter of Genesis in the bible of Lot, the man whose family was instructed by God to flee their city so that they could avoid being destroyed during God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. Have you ever hear that story and how Lot’s family were instructed to leave and not look back?   Well, the family did flee, but one member of the family, Lot’s wife made the mistake of looking back.  The important take away from their story is…..

 “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.” – Gen 19:26

The main point I am trying to make is that we each have a choice in life; a choice to look forward and let go of negative situations and circumstances as they come, or a choice to be hindered by the past by looking back at what lies behind.  In essence, when we look back we become like Lot’s wife and we STAY STUCK!  Lot’s wife became stuck right in her tracks because she continued to focus on her past.    She was stuck forever, looking at what was behind instead of focusing on her future of hope and possibilities that lied ahead.  We can never make it to the new construction of ourselves if we keep looking back and focusing on the old.  I wish Lot’s wife had the benefit of the Apostle Paul’s instructions in Philippians 3:13-14.  Fortunately, we do! Lot’s story teaches us that when God brings change into our lives, we should move forward without looking back, or else we may get stuck and never get where God wants us to go. God wants to bring you through, to bring you out even better and to restore everything you have lost, plus more!  It wants to give you an extreme make-over and get id of the remnants of that old house…that old YOU!

So instead of focusing on negative and allowing it to keep you in negative, consider yourself an Olympic sprinter and that these obstacles are hurdles in are path put there to hinder us from reaching our dream, our finished line.  What do you think that Olympic sprinter does?  She jumps over them!!!  She can’t look back while she is running can she.  If she does, she just may turn into something else or run into something for that matter.  That Olympic sprinter must stay focused, pressing toward the goal, moving forward, leaping over the next hurdle that may come and focusing on getting to that finish line.  We must honor the seed God planted in us by remaining focused, positive and determined to make it to our dream our new home we shall build this year.  What will you choose?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, she is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43: 18-19

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