Reading this morning, Paul the apostle, one who we look to for wisdom and knowledge in the word of God, makes a very strong confession of weakness and battle in the brain. When I think of Paul I think that this guy has it all together. We read his text in Gods word getting guidance and knowledge allowing our faith to grow stronger.
It is through hearing the word that our faith will grow – Romans 10:17
So here is a guy that is very educated but has a past. He had followers of the Way killed. He was a murderer. Thinking he was doing this all for the right reason you have to think that he probably carried the weight of what he done for the rest of his life. Then you have his confession of weakness. He says clearly that there is something in his life that he cannot shake. It won’t go away. He asked God to remove it but God says to him that His grace is enough to help Paul through his weaknesses and it is through this weakness that Gods power is made perfect!
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – Romans 12:9-10
Moving from Rome to Philippi, Paul addresses the church and confesses to them that he does not consider himself to have “arrived” when it comes to serving Christ. He doesn’t allow himself to get sucked into the path of pride that says “look at me and how good I am” but instead he takes the opposite mindset and says that he doesn’t consider himself to have it all together. He makes it clear that there are thoughts that he has to not dwell on, past or present. Things he purposely has to forget or put behind him.
Not dwelling on the past but instead realizing and embracing the brand new slate that God has in store for him everyday, Paul understands clearly that this will have a profound impact on his walk with Jesus so he does what he can to move on. He keeps his focus on what counts.
13 Brothers and sisters, 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. – Philippians 3:13-14
Paul says to “Forget It!” Come on church you have lived in your failures far too long. If you want to live in a life that is victorious in Jesus you must move on! Press toward the goal in Christ Jesus. You MUST believe that God has washed away your sins and that He has an amazing plan for you each day. Paul realized his need to leave the past in the past and so should we. What are you waiting for? It’s time to allow yourself to live a victorious life in Jesus.
We all have a past and we all have daily struggles but by fixing our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith, forgetting what was, Jesus will get us through and we will be closer to winning the prize. This sometimes is not an easy thing to do. Pray today that God will help you to let Him help you. Yes pray that God will help you to trust Him.
It’s time to “Forget It!”