Philippians 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this on thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling me.
We have all done things in life that
we regret. Satan tries to cause us to dwell on our mistakes. He wants
us to ruminate our failures. He tries to fill our minds with regret.
If we allow our minds to be consumed with mistakes and regret, we
become distracted Christians. If we wallow in the past, we cannot
effectively proceed into the future. By looking backwards, we lose our
focus on the goal before us.
In this passage of
Philippians, Paul is saying that he has not reached perfection, but that
he presses forward to reach the perfection that Jesus Christ has to
offer (Philippians 3:12). Paul wanted to know Christ. He wanted to
experience the resurrection power that Christ has to offer. Paul
desired to be all that Christ had in mind for him. Paul had many
regrets from his former life. He realized that dwelling on his regrets
and mistakes was not conducive to becoming closer to Christ.
are isolated moments in time, not permanent reflections of who you
are. Learn from mistakes and allow the lesson to add to your wisdom.
Do not allow your mistakes or memories of past mistakes to overpower the
whole person that you are.
God does not focus on our
mistakes. He does not repetitively look at our past. God sees the
potential in each and every one of us. God knew that we would make
mistakes. He made provisions for us (John 3:16). Once you call upon
His name for forgiveness, you do not have to think about or worry about
those mistakes any more. God's intention is to mold us to fulfill his
purpose which is to for us to be more like Christ every day.
you spend time ruminating about things for which you regret, STOP!
Lay aside harmful thinking that includes mistakes and failures. Refuse
to live in the imbalance of what you have been versus what you can
be. Begin to live in the stability of the potential that God sees in
you. You can grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God. He offers a
fuller and more meaningful life because of our hope in Christ.