Week 4. Friday: Forget the Past
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 3:12-14
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: In this passage Paul teaches us that in order to make progress in our faith we must stop living in the past and press on toward the future. Paul had a very religious and yet very ugly past. Sure he was morally good by the standards of the religious elite. But he also persecuted the church violently before his conversion. So if you think your past is bad, think again. Your past sins have been forgiven.
Takeaway: Your past does not define or determine your future.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
What in your past is hindering you from growing in your faith?
In what ways do you need to “press on” toward the future?
PRAY: Ask God to help you leave your past behind.