Philippians 3:13-14 “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 toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

I have been reminded lately of how important it is to let go of the former things, and strive forth towards those things in front of us. God has prepared in advance good works for us (Ephesians 2:10), and to fully move towards them we need to make the choice not to be living in the past. Each day is a new opportunity, full of divine appointments waiting for us! Past hurts and failures should be forgiven and forgotten, washed in the blood of Jesus! Past victories on the other hand are important to remember, but only as reminders that God was able to do it then and he can do it again today or tomorrow! Past victories should remind us how good and how powerful our God is as we look ahead!
What might be lying ahead for you in this New Year? If your past is holding you back in any way, it is time to experience God’s grace and let it go. Let’s press on into 2018 with our eyes on Jesus, and a hopeful expectancy of all He has ahead for us.

Written by Monica Swanson •