Thursday, March 19, 2009

Forgetting the Past!

Yesterday I blogged again on the potential that God has placed in each of us at the moment of conception.

I have been thinking about this all night, and I want to go a little further on this thought.

As we live life and mature (well, sometimes we mature~ha!), we sometimes begin to forget the dreams we had as a teen or young adult. We think, "Well, I've done so much in the wrong direction that I can never go back."

I want to challenge that thinking today.

Philippians 3:13-14 says, "..... But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize foe which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

I hope you realize how powerful those verses are!
There are several principles involved here.
The first is mentioned in verse 10~ and that is a passion to know Christ with the good and the bad.
The second is a humility to know that "we aren't perfect yet!" from verse 12.
The third, also from verse 12 is the fact that sometimes we have to "press on" regardless of our circumstances, situation or even our feelings.

Next is what I want to get to today: Forget the past!
Just stinking forget it!
It doesn't matter what stupid stuff you ~we~ did.
It doesn't matter how awful it was.
Learn from it ~ and go on.

Now, it is important to mention that the only way you can move forward is in and through Jesus Christ. He is the pre-requisite. You must ask Him to forgive you and live in your life. But after that, go forward.

The very next principle is joined to the forgetting. Paul says, "forgetting what is behind AND straining toward what is ahead."

Straining.
What an interesting word. In English it suggests discomfort.
Kind of like exercising.
Can anyone say, "UUUUUggggggghhhhh!!!"

I HATE- absolutely HATE to exercise. I know- I must be lazy, but that is my "natural" make up.

But - moving on here- straining also suggests something that doesn't come naturally- something that has to be decided upon and done.

hmmmmmm........
So, forget the mistakes of your past and lets go forward with God has for your life!

If you can, watch my video devotion below. I also talk about how Christ took our shame of those mistakes in our past!

Do I hear anyone saying, "Woooo HOOO!!!?"

So not only do we forget the past and move forward, but we must realize Christ nailed that scorn and shame of those mistakes to the cross! Hebrews 12:2

Let that get in your heart and pump through your veins a minute!

So, girlfriend, hold that head up high, look in the mirror and say,

"I am forgetting my past!
Working on my future!
and laying down my shame!"

You go girl!

love ya!
many blessings to you today!
dorinda

5 comments:

macymiamom said...

Wonderful. Thanks for this message!

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

I loved this. Thank you and it was also so nice to hear your lovely voice!

Carolyn said...

I love your video messages. I always find inspiration when I visit. Please go to my blog. I have a Friendship Award to share with you.
May God continue to bless you in your ministry.
Love, Carolyn

Treasure Seeker said...

thank you all for such kind words! And thank you Carolyn for the bloggy award! I will post it as soon as I can...

I love your posts on prayer and intercessions! Thank you for being such an encouragement to my dear friend Jennifer.

God truly has His purposes for our little blog world, doesn't he!?

blessings,
dorinda

Beth in NC said...

Thanks for the sweet comment Dorinda! I'm sure you already do everything the Help Meet book suggests, but it IS AN AWESOME teaching tool. Let me know if you decide to read it. Actually, I'm sure I'll see a post about it if you do. It is too good to keep to yourself.

Many blessings this day my Sister!
Beth