In luke 9:62, Jesus said,"No man, having put his hand to be plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God". If we are not careful, we will allow the past to hold us. The more we look backward, the less we are able to look forward. The past is not the only determining factor of what God can do for us today.
That is the beauty of the Christian life. Even when we fail, we can ask for forgiveness and be totally cleansed of and released from our past actions. Whatever hold the past may have on us can be broken. It is never God who holds us back. We hold ourselves back by allowing the past to keep us from living the fullest in the present and future. Failure is waiting around the corner for those who live off of yesterday's successes and failures. We should choose to be forward-focused, not past-possessed. We should learn to profit from the past and to invest in the future.
In Philippians 3:13-14 the apostle Paul wrote:
Brethren, I count on 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. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The key here is "forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead" in order to reach the "high calling of God in Christ Jesus". To fulfill our calling in Christ, we must first forge what lies behind us. The most common stronghold in peoples' live is probably their past failures and mistakes. Today is the day to shake off the shackles of the past and move forward.
The past is past; it has no life.
credits to Nuggets 16; An Enemy called average
written by John Mason