In what areas does the picture of our old self remain at the forefront of your attention?
November 28, 2017, 5:00 AM

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, 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 3:12-14


What you see determines where you are headed. Direction is driven by perspective. If your focus is on your past, it is impossible to see the future God has for you. Vision is simply what you see. Clarity and direction are needed for growth to occur. Focusing on our circumstances and the regrets from our past place our pursuit in neutral and can even shift things into reverse. When we live this way we not only see our past but also live our life running from it. Without realizing it, we are walking into the future backward.


Why does this picture of our old self remain at the forefront of our attention? The reasons vary across the board. Every time you pay for the mistakes of the past it serves as a reminder of the person you once were. Those labels of being worthless and a bad seed are challenging to remove from your heart and head. When you’ve been told your entire life you are unlovable you begin to believe the lie and let that define you. Old habits die hard and fight to remain in control. What is your excuse for remaining in neutral by setting your eyes on the failures of the past? Where are your eyes set? Instead of spending your time trying not to be the kind of person you once were, place your gaze on the person you are becoming. In what areas does the picture of our old self remain at the forefront of your attention?


This is my Prayer: Father God, my eyes are often looking backwards towards the failures of my past. Lord help me to break this cycle of focusing on the person I once was. These labels no longer define me. When I focus too much on my past, I cannot see the future You have for me. Jesus may my focus be devoted to the person You want me to be. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.