Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us through another week, thank you for shielding us from the arrows of the wicked one, thank you for your divine protection, teachings and love. Thank you for being a just God, thank you for this current season which we are in. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon your church, renew our strength for this week and let our minds be subject to our Holy Spirit. Give us an encounter which will give us the courage to be a true Ambassador of Christ. In Jesus Name Amen
Not that I have already attained or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV )
This has been heavy on my heart for a while and I have particularly thought about verse 13, what this scripture means to me. I’m sorry I have not posted in a while but I pray that now this message is ready to be led by the Holy Spirit, let it be of encouragement.
In verse 13, forgetting those things which are behind, drew my attention. What immediately comes to mind is, letting go of the unpleasant moments whilst holding on to the good moments. However I have come to realise that actually clinging on to the good moments can hinder you.
What I mean by this is you can not relive a moment that has already passed. There are some seasons in life filled with mainly highs, to the point, when we are out of the season. We want to step back in. We can not live in the past.
Let’s break it down some more:
…forgetting those things which are behind AND reaching forward to those things which are ahead,…
FIRST forgetting those things which are gone and THEN reaching forward to what is ahead.
This has been an interesting year for me, there was loads of good moments. A lot has been accomplished: finishing my degree, growing in my relationship with God, being baptised, graduating membership class, making it through my trip to America, being promoted and graduating from University. It has been eventful to say the least. I have been highly favoured blessed, but then comes a new season less eventful outwardly but really eventful inwardly. I really struggled to come down off the rollcoaster of a year. To a season of waiting and stillness. I really didn’t want to leave things behind, I was unable to set new goals to achieve because I allowed myself to get caught up, trying to hold on to a moment that had passed; things moved on, but I was stuck. GOD HAS BEEN SO GOOD. I’m not sharing this to boast but to highlight the emotions I went through, we have to give thanks for every season.
Each season is preparation towards the purpose God has in store for you. Don’t miss out on the reason for your current season.