DayBreaks for 11/11/12 – No Rear View Mirrors
Philippians 3:13-14 – “13 Brothers, 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.”
It is easier said than done to forget what is past, isn’t it? Some people – Christians are who I’m talking about – really struggle to be freed from their past. Perhaps they feel that they failed in raising their children, they may have failed in their business, they may have failed in their devotion to Christ. I don’t imagine that Peter found it easy to forget about his triple denial of Christ. And now in Philippians, we see Paul was somehow able to put behind him his own past – the past where he persecuted the church of Jesus, where he imprisoned men and women, broke up families, and even put to death one of the first deacons of the church, Stephen. That’s quite a bit to put behind you. But that’s exactly what Paul says he’d managed to do.
I like what Warren Wiersbe had to say (I’m going to paraphrase him): You can’t move ahead by constantly looking in the rear view mirror. The past is a rudder to guide you, not an anchor to drag you down.
I like that. Think about it: if you are driving your car and you spend all your time looking in the rear view mirror, what will happen? You’ll not go very far forward before you get into a serious wreck. Why? Because you’re focusing on what is behind you instead of looking forward to where your attention should be focused. It works that way in life, too.
Getting us to focus on our past to the point that we become discouraged and want to give up is one of Satan’s most successful and persistent strategies. I like what someone else said: “Satan reminded me of my past. I reminded him of his future!”
Wow! That’s rich. Don’t let Satan pull your vision away from Christ who LEADS us. Follow him and his leading – not Satan’s taunting.
PRAYER: Jesus, we want to hear Your calling today, not the taunts of our enemy, Satan. Tune our ears to hear Your voice! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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