Forgetting those things that are behind!

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13

When the Bible says “forgetting” those things which are behind, it doesn’t mean to erase out of memory. In means to habitually “lose out of mind” or to let go of. As in not holding on to it, but losing it and letting it go. Forgetting is an active term. It means whenever something negative from our past comes to mind, we don’t give it three seconds of our attention. We don’t give it time to barge in and plant itself in our minds. This can also include telling those who enjoy bringing up the past that you’ve decided to forget those things in the past so you can reach for what God has placed before you.

The word “before” in this text comes from the Greek word “emprosthen” which means in front of. You will find this same word in Matthew 5:16 where Jesus says to let your light so shine before men, in front of men, right in their presence and sight. What God has for you is not far off in the distance as you might suppose. It is right in front of you!

My sister, God has placed His perfect desires and plans right before you, right in your presence and right in front of your sight, and it is His will that you see and seize all He has for you. He has rewards, opportunities, blessings, divine connections, godly success and more. He will enrich your life and make you a blessing. He will help you to let go of those things in your past and reach for what He has placed in front of you!

Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking directly to my heart. Help me to not dwell on the past, but to reach for what’s You’ve so graciously placed right in front of me. I receive the focus of Christ. Help me, Father, to employ everything I am towards moving forward and seizing what you have placed right in front of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Philippians 3:10-14)

8 thoughts on “Forgetting those things that are behind!”

  1. Amen! I am literally waiting for a call to tell me that I have a contract job offer after three years of being a SAHM, (claiming it now in Jesus name) and my husband is on his second final face to face for a Geophysicist position after 1.5 years of unemployment (laid off in a merger and no positions have been posted in the past year since oil and gas too a huge hit)…blessings are coming…I am praying for God to give me signs of where he is leading us. In Jesus name!


  2. This is a perfect on time devotional word. I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead. I am hear to declare my past is gone and all things are becoming new. May I the focus and insight to move forward. There couldn’t be a more awesome word to read today. Thank you. Blessings, Shalom and Agape. 👀🙏🏽📖❤

  3. Amen!! Father, thank You for being Faithful to me with sending me Your Words of Wisdom through my sister’s ministry.

    *Philippians 3:10-14

    10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

    11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

    12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

    13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

    14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    So, I press forward to the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

    Sister Kesha, what a word because I have been listening to this song that was given me.
    “Let It Go!” By Dewayne Woods

  4. Amen. Thank you for confirmation. I returned last Wednesday from checking on mom and finalizing our new home. Moving this weekend. ( Mother’s Day) ! Wow! Talking about healing a relationship in turmoil! God takes care of all of that. And leaving the past behind. ! The business he has blessed me with gets a new workshop on the grounds as the house to take of her..🙏🏽 .
    It’s time to move forward. Thank you Jesus and Amen.
    Thank you sis Keisha for keeping this devotional going..

  5. Yes thank you God for your grace cause it helped me leave everything behind me my past is my past and my God forgave me cause I asked for forgiveness so all I see is a blessed and bright future with my god leading me to glory thank you God 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏.

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