This One Thing

Philippians 3:13 (KJV)

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before

Are you determined to forget the past?

I know many people don’t fully understand what that means. They wonder, “How can I forget something that’s happened to me?” But one definition of the word forget is to disregard intentionally or to overlook. In other words, you have to choose to disregard your past so that it doesn’t hold you back.

That means the good and the bad. Sometimes our past victories keep us from rising higher as much as our past failures can. If we don’t let go of the old, we’ll never be able to embrace the new.

It doesn’t matter what’s happened in your past, it’s time to forget what lies behind and make the choice to look forward.

Trust that God has a better future in store for you. Trust that He’s working behind the scenes on your behalf.

Trust that He who promised is faithful — as you forget what lies behind and press forward, you’ll experience His power and blessing in a fresh, new way.


Father in heaven, I choose to forget the past today.
I don’t want anything to hold me back from the good future You have prepared for me.
I choose forgiveness and ask that You help me, by Your Spirit, to press forward in every area of my life.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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