Remembering 11

This post is Day 11 in a series of studies about “Remembering”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Remembering – Day 11

Philippians 3:13

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The Thought

A second look at this verse because it is so rich.

Paul, in his short letter to the Philippians, is assuring his readers that no matter how far we have travelled with the Lord, or how long we have known Him, or how deep and sincere our faith is, there is always more to learn and understand. Paul likens his own spiritual life to a journey, or a race where endurance and fortitude are needed to pass the finishing line.

We can agree that at the time he wrote this letter, Paul had come a long way from the “Saul” he used to be: the aggressive anti-Christian activist who hated believers, until he had a head-on collision with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).

One of the key things I see in this verse is the expression Forgetting what is behind.

Many of us have things in our past that we would rather not remember, or that we sincerely regret, but somehow those memories keep cropping up in our daily thoughts. There is an enemy of believers who wants to make us think we are not worthy of God’s love. Satan is the one who whispers, “but remember that you did this …” or “God can’t accept you because …”! We must all learn to answer him as Jesus did: It is written … (Matthew 4:4,7,10)!


Read Philippians 3 today and be encouraged.

Remember Jesus facing satan in the wilderness and know that He overcame that enemy that tempts us all at some time or another. We too can have the victory by just being disciplined and being bold to tell satan to be gone from whatever situation he is tempting us with.

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