Higher Perspective #25 - Forgetting Those Things Which are Behind and Reaching Forward
"I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Bretheren, 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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 3:12-14
Paul could have concluded:
- His past disqualified him from God's best in the future.
- The purpose of his memory was to focus on his mistakes so they would not happen again.
- There are no greater things in the future for someone like him.
- Vision for the future does not give power for the present.
- Continually trying to fix his past will bring lasting change in his life.
1. Past happenings are not as big a problem as our current belifes - No one's past can stop them from God's best, but current beliefs can. Paul's regrets for being a persecutor of Christians would seem difficult to overcome, but he did. We too can overcome shame and regret.
2. We have permission to forget that which needs to be forgotton - Philippians 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 reveal that we are empowered to think intentionally. We can supernaturally forget events of the past, as well as, the conclusions we made about ourselves from those experiences. We can think on purpose by taking thoughts captive and declaring what God says about our past and us.
3. Focusing on "the things ahead" will build a wall against negatively dwelling on the past - Ephesians 4:22-32 teaches us that one key for putting off the wrong is to put on the right. It won't work just to stop negative thoughts. Destructive thinking easily returns where there is not a postive belief system present. A key to overcoming regret is to be future-focused and dwell on "those things that are ahead" in our lives.
Giving God Something to Work With
- Ask God for a revelation of the depth of His forgiveness.
- Get healing ministry for the hurts of the past so that your conclusions about your identity line up with God's word.
- Frequently review the promises and prophecies that God has made real to you.
Declarations to Create Higher Perspectives
I have an unusual ability to overcome regret and shame.
Great things are ahead for me in my life.
I think on purpose and have vision for the future.
This material was taken from the book, Higher Perspectives, written by Steve Backlund with Jared Neusch, featuring Jessed Cupp, Wendee Fiscus and Anna Flory.
About Higher Perspectives
God sees things from a higher perspective. In the Bible, we see many individuals that walked in a revelation of His point of view. Numbers 13 illustrates this when it tells the story of the twelve men sent to spy out the Promised Land. Ten come back with a “realistic” perspective of defeat and victimhood, while Joshua and Caleb come back seeing from God’s higher perspective and proclaim, “Let us go up at once. We are well able to overcome it!” Isn’t it fascinating that two groups of people can see the same set of circumstances but put different conclusions based on their perspectives? This is a book that studies the incredible, life-altering beliefs of some of our favorite Bible characters. Their supernatural perspective is an invitation for us to see and live as they did.