Your Past is Over. Focus on Mastering Your Future.

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Your Past is Over.  Focus on Mastering Your Future.
 Now, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[d] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14
One of the most manipulative schemes of the enemy is “the power of suggestion”.
I’m sure at one point and time in our lives we made a solemn commitment to live right, try and do right, or even try a new endeavor that we felt was good for us. We began excited and zealous when starting out, and somewhere along the way, we made a mistake or something came and challenged us along the way. This sometimes can be a perfect opportunity for the enemy to bring up a past failure or plant a seed of doubt.
The “power of suggestion” sometimes is the enemy’s weapon. He will bring up things from your past that you may have failed at or something you may have done in your old life, but one thing you have to understand is that if you have a relationship with Jesus, you are a new creation and all things are new.
 The Apostle Paul in Philippians understands this wholeheartedly. Apostle Paul’s old life was consumed with bad behaviors and bad choices. See, Apostle Paul admitted to himself that he was the worst of the worst and that he had done some horrible things from…murder, blasphemy, imprisoning followers of Jesus and most of all, not believing in truth. However, something happened when he had an encounter with Jesus.
Paul’s encounter with Jesus totally turned his life around, and he understood that the old man was dead and his new life in Christ Jesus was what he was pursuing. He didn’t let what he did stop him from where he was going. People talked against him, and the enemy tried to persuade him to look back at what he used to be and what he used to do, but Apostle Paul understood the freedom he had gained in living a life for God.
In closing, remember that you have to learn from your past and not live in it. Let the past be a teacher, but not your home or dwelling place. Continue to move forward to your future. Forget those things that are behind and move forward to your future.
Pastor Derrick

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