Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thought of the Day !!

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 3:13b-14 (NLT)

The Christian life is a continuous struggle.  We’re caught in tension within ourselves.  It’s a struggle between our worldly desires and God’s desires for us.
This is why it’s so important to do as Paul did.  He left his past behind.  This is not a one-time thing.  Instead it’s a daily decision we must make.  For Paul, there was hatred and arrogance and self-righteousness in his past.  Did he continue to struggle with his past sins…probably so.  Will we struggle with past sins…surely.  That is the very reason we have to leave the past behind each and every day.

Paul knew that even though this was difficult, it wasn’t impossible.  The devil tries to convince us that past failures, guilt over past sins or pain over past hurts will keep us from being made right with God.  The devil also tries to get us to give up maturing in our faith, telling us it’s too hard.  But the devil is all about lies and deceit.  Don’t listen to him.  For doesn’t this idea contradict the very things we proclaim about a loving and forgiving God?

Each day live for the day God has given you and don't let the past get you down.  Each new day brings about new possibilities.  We choose what we do with these possibilities.

In the love of Christ,


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