FREE YOURSELF FROM THE PAST! –– PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
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 (Philippians 3:13).
One of the very important lessons to learn from the Apostle Paul is his attitude to memories of the past; he said: “…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind…” Prior to his conversion, he persecuted, imprisoned and even consented to the murder of believers. He was injurious to the Church. Hence if there was anyone who qualified as it were to be mentally and emotionally traumatized by his past, it should be him! But he never allowed himself to be limited or hindered by the memories of his past. He had come to realize that the memories of the past weren’t worth holding onto compared to the greater future he had in God.
This is the same attitude you ought to have as a child of God. Too many are enslaved by the memories of their past. They could be cheerful one moment and depressed the next, all because they remembered something of their past life they considered unpleasant. That shouldn’t be. Even the past glories didn’t stop the Apostle Paul from pressing forth unto greater heights. He used the same principles of leaving his past behind and pressing onwards. So never let your memories of the past hold you back.
Do what Paul did: forget the past and press on into the glorious future in Christ! No matter how often and for how long you brood over the past, you can’t change it, so don’t expend your time and energy on it. Your future is greater than your past! The Bible says “The path of the just is as the shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). As a Christian, your story ought to be upward and forward only; you’re born to go from one level of glory to a higher level.
Today, free yourself from the past! Don’t let the memories of the past hinder or delay your flight of success. If your past doesn’t inspire you, dump it! It may seem difficult at first, but remember that as a child of God, nothing is impossible unto you.
I’m inspired by today’s possibilities and tomorrow’s potentials. Through the Word of God, my mind is renewed and my spirit is enlightened to see my future and see the greatness, success, victory and prosperity which God has ordained to be my day-to-day experience in Christ!