Moving forward

February 16, 2016

Last week Patrick shared about living a life that matters. If you missed it you can watch during one of the rebroadcasts or below.

Using Philippians 3:12-21 as a basis, he shared that in order to live a life that matters we need to have the right perspective. And, to have that right perspective he shared 6 characteristics of an Eternally Minded Person that we should possess. One of those 6 was to refuse to be paralyzed by past failure (v. 13).

Although that sounds good to not be paralyzed by past failure(s), sometimes our past can cripple us and prevent us from moving forward. We let these things weigh us down and keep us buried under our past. God does not want His children, who are free people in Christ, to be hindered by our past wrongs.

Take a look at these verses:

  • 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
  • Ephesians 1:7 – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace”
  • Colossians 1:13 – “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son”
  • Isaiah 1:18 ESV – “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

It’s not easy to let the past be in the past. But these verses remind us that we are forgiven, redeemed, and a new creation once we accept Christ as our Saviour.

Points to Ponder:

  • What do you need to do to move past a past failure?
  • What’s stopping you from taking that step?
  • What’s stopping you from being being baptized AND living as a new creation?

Bottom line:

What can you do today to let go of the past and be moving forward with Christ?

Share your thoughts or questions below about moving forward. 


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