Reach Forward!

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Philippians 3:13

As we are fresh into this new year, many of us are excited about what this year will bring.  I have heard several “prophetic declarations” for 2018″:  The Year of Manifestation; The Year of Restoration; and my personal favorite: The Year of the Remnant!

My friends, it is a beautiful thing to have expectation for whatever God has spoken over your life; however, it is impossible to look forward and backward at the same time! [Try it sometimes at your leisure.]

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in the church at Philippi, he wrote these words, “Brethren, 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.”

To apprehend something means to grasp it.  In other words, as anointed as the Apostle Paul was, he admitted his inability to grasp or gain full control over every aspect of his life.  Likewise, you and I have issues we are still struggling with, questions left unanswered in our minds, and relationships we prayed over that are still broken.  The more we look over the situation, the less sense it makes to us.  Our issues crossed over into 2018 right along with us.

While the Apostle was in a situation I am sure he was having trouble grasping  (he was incarcerated in a Roman jail), he penned these words to the believers, “but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” 

In spite of his circumstances, the Apostle made a decision.  Although in jail, he was not going to waste his valuable time lamenting over what was! He may not have had control over much, but he said, “one thing I do.”  He made a decision to forget those things which were behind and reach forward to those things which were ahead!

People of God, you have some things ahead!  The psalmist declared, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11)

Look forward.

Reach forward!

 

 

 

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