We’re taught to believe that our past relationships, failures and successes are the reason we are who we are now. We can buy into this, but we’ll be holding ourselves back without even realizing it. It will stop us from growing and moving into God’s calling for our lives.
This works one of two ways. We either look at our past successes and believe that they were the best days of our lives, or we look at our failures and believe that they are indicators that we will fail in the future.
Whichever way we choose to view our past we are allowing it to control our present and future lives.
We may not understand it, or we may just refuse to admit it, but our past is controlling our lives through fear. We fear that if we take steps forward we will not be successful as we once were, because the “old days” were so good we think there couldn’t be anything better. If we look back and see our failures, then we fear that we will fail again.
This fear will cause us to stagnate in the present and miss out on the future God has planned for us.
This is when we must stand on God’s Word through Paul in Philippians 3:13-14:
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul had achieved success in his past. Paul had also experienced failure. However, he made the decision to stop looking back so that he could move into all that God had for him. We must do the same.
Whether we’re looking back at failure or victory, we’re looking back.
The world wants our past to shape us. God will shape us into the image of Jesus as we press on to His upward call.
We must know that the future our heavenly Father has planned is far greater than anything behind us. The victory we have in Christ will pull us further forward than we could ever imagine.
I encourage you to make this decision today. Decide to let go of everything behind you. Believe that God’s future is greater than your past. Allow your heavenly Father to form you. When you do this, you’ll begin to experience the overwhelming victory of Jesus Christ.