IAM Only Looking Ahead

Philippians 3:12-14 NLT 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.

Here is one of the few times, I will use the word NOT after IAM

I am not perfect. Shocker!
That doesn’t give us an excuse to willfully fall short in many areas of our life.
But also, don’t beat yourself up, if things didn’t exactly work out the way you had planned it.
Jesus was the only perfect human on this earth, and I am pretty sure he will be the only one ever.

When we are finally with Jesus at the end of our life, then we will truly achieve perfection.

But until then, we are to press on to be more like Him.

Focus on one thing!

Forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead.

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If you want to be sure that the bad things from our history repeat themselves?

Keep on dwelling on then, whine about it, and talk about them every chance you have a willing ear.
We are encouraged!  FORGET THE PAST!
Once God has redeemed you, and forgiven you, the past is forgotten.
If you have deep wounds that are still stinging you and making it tough for you to love or trust again
Dwelling on those wounds aren’t going to bring about healing.

Do you know why there are 12 step programs?

Because step 13 is walk away from the past, and live in the hope of the future!

That’s the gracious new testament encouragement of the concept of not looking back

If you prefer some old testament tough love… here you go

GEN 19:26 NLT But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.

Yeah friends.. lets look forward.

Press on to reach the end of the race where there is a heavenly prize!
God has called you to be a finisher!
That is your calling , to finish the race!

It’s my prayer for you and me.

Let’s forget the past.
Let’s forgive ourselves for our participation in the falling short of the past
Let’s see that it’s our calling to be finishers
Let’s ask God to strengthen us to finish well, not gasp across the line!

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IAM pressing on!

IAM constantly perfecting myself
IAM only looking towards the future
IAM a finisher

Here’s some old school Marty Nystrom , Hosanna praise and worship
Try not to envision the people in church worshiping with the flare jeans, and aqua net feathered hair do’s and boat shoes.   The words are deep!