Philippians 3:13 (NKJV)
13 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,
There is nothing good about living in the past. Think about the high school athlete that is wearing his letter jacket well into his forties, while it is great to be proud of past accomplishments, at some point, it is time to move forward. Moving forward allows us to achieve new goals and enjoy new experiences while still being able to reminisce about the past. It is equally important to leave failures in the past as well.
Do Not Remember The Former Things
Isaiah 43:18 reminds us… (NKJV) 18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old… Former things can be past sin, indiscretions, or failures. We can be very tough on ourselves. It is healthy to be upset by sin and failure, but we can sometimes take it too far. After all we are promised in Ephesians 1:7… (7) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace… That past sin, that failure, they are forgiven through His grace, we must always remember that.
A New Thing
Isaiah 43:19 continues… (19) Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert… Take heart, He is doing a new thing in each of us. We do not have to be held back from the past, we can move forward and allow the old thing to die completely. Is that where our heart is? Do we really expect that Lord to make us new? Do not take my word for it, seek our scripture like 2 Corinthians 5:17 which states… (17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new… all things, you, me, your neighbor, your enemy, are becoming new! What a wonderful promise!
There is no reason to hold onto past failures and sins. Christ has made us a new creation. We should be stepping forward with great confidence in what the Lord will do with us from this day forward.
2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (NKJV)
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.