Letting Go and Going on

Philippians 3:2-14 NIV
2 Watch out for those dogs, those men who do
evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who
worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in
Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in
the flesh–
4 though I myself have reasons for such
confidence. If anyone else thinks he has
reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have
more:
5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people
of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of
Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;
6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for
legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider
loss for the sake of Christ.
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss
compared to the surpassing greatness of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake
I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish,
that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in him, not having a
righteousness of my own that comes from the
law, but that which is through faith in Christ–
the righteousness that comes from God and
is by faith.
10 I want to know Christ and the power of his
resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in
his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
11 and so, somehow, to attain to the
resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or
have already been made perfect, but I press
on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus
took hold of me.
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.
I. Evaluation (vs. 12-13)
II. Elimination (v. 13)
Isaiah 43:18 NLT – “But forget all that— it is
nothing compared to what I am going to do.”
To forget the past means to not allow the past to
negatively affect and influence you.
• Guilt
Romans 8:1 NIV – Therefore, there is now
no condemnation for those who are in
Christ Jesus.
• Grudges
Job 5:2 GNV – To worry yourself to death
with resentment would be a foolish,
senseless thing to do.
• Grief
Psalm 62:8 NLT – O my people, trust in him
at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for
God is our refuge.
III. Determination (vs. 12, 14)
Ecclesiastes 7:10 NIV – Do not say, “Why were the
old days better than these?” For it is not wise to
ask such questions.
The good old days can be replaced by some
good new days.
“The weaker I felt in my chair, the harder I leaned
on God. The harder I leaned on God, the more I
discovered how strong God was.”
Joni Eareckson Tada
Yesterday is for learning.
Today is is for living.
Tomorrow for leaning.

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