Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus Philippians 3:13-14.
A new experience of living out our life in this New Year is within our reach if we will reach forward in hope and faith for all that God has planned for us. First Corinthians 2:9, 10 says, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
We must also forget the past as we reach forward. We may have faced the loss of a loved one and of course we do not forget them and it is right to cherish those memories. When it comes to experiencing all God has for us, we cannot park in our past. We have to forget and reach forward because there’s always more. When we replay the past it can poison our future. If we keep stopping to re-feel the past, the past hurts, disappointments, pain, or offence we will never have the energy we need to experience the better future our faith in God can bring us.
Sometimes a memory of a bad experience can be more enslaving than the actual hurt or injustice we may have experienced. Anything that keeps our attention can be used by our adversary to try to get an advantage over us. Our enemy (satan) does not have destroy us to defeat us when he can simply just distract us to stop our progress in God. Remember the conspiracy of distractions Nehemiah faced when attempting to rebuild the city walls in Nehemiah chapters 4-6. He finally realized what the enemy was attempting to do and said, “…why should the work cease while I leave it and come down to you Nehemiah 6:3.”
In the same way, WHY SHOULD OUR LIFE CEASE from going forward in 2020 while we continue to come down from pressing forward into God’s plan and dwell on the past? Our God is well able to give us each an encouraging Word that makes the picture of our future bigger and brighter than our memory of the past. Every minute and hour we’re revisiting our yesterdays is every minute and hour we are not investing in our future. Let it go and remember to forget it.