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March 21, 2017

Putting Your Past Behind You

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“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead ….” Philippians 3:13b (NLT)

One of my favorite lines from the Disney movie, The Lion King, is when Pumbaa, the warthog, tells a discouraged young lion cub, Simba, “You got to put your behind in the past!” I need to be reminded of that every time I hear the fake news in my head that my past disqualifies me from God’s purpose for my life.  It sounds so true, even noble to accept, as you try to move on with your life; but, it’s a lie! If you choose to believe it, you’ll find yourself merely existing – not really living life in all its fullness, the life God intended for you to live.  If Satan can convince you to believe that fake news, he will have successfully prevented you from experiencing the purpose God has for your life, your divine destiny.

The truth is that we are all sinners.  We all have failures in our lives.  The Bible says,

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) 

“There is none righteous, no not one!” (Romans 3:9)

You are not the exception.  If Paul had dwelt on his past, he would have never been able to embrace the glorious future God had for him.  He had to make a choice.  He had a crisis of belief on the road to Damascus.  From a prison cell in Rome, he wrote this:

“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead….” Philippians 3:13b (NLT)

Maybe, that’s the same choice you need to make today.  Has Satan convinced you that your past disqualifies you from God’s purpose for your life?  Are you living on a guilt train that never seems to stop?  It’s time to get off the guilt train and get on the grace train!  This week, we are going to take some time to debunk the fake news and expose the lies behind it so that we can discover the truth that sets us free to live the life God intended for us to live.

As we do, I want to set a challenge before you that motivates me every day.  It’s the promise of God for you and me when we choose to put our behind in the past and envision the irresistible future of God’s purpose.

“Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires thoughts or hopes.”  Ephesians 3:20 (LB)