Text: Philippians 3:13-14
Today, we will take a look at our text written by the Apostle Paul to his favourite Church in Philippi; Philippians 3:13-14 says “…Dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved but I focus on this one thing, 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.”
Here, the Apostle Paul was saying, in spite of all that has happened in my past, I refuse to allow any of those experiences to hold me back from pursuing my God given goals; whether failures or successes I choose to forget them all!
It is important to understand that a measure of success can make a believer so comfortable that the person misses out on what the Lord has in store for him/her to achieve; likewise, dwelling on past failures will hinder the ability to go forward.
Proverbs 23:7 state “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
The one thing that you and I have control over is our mind; the way we think is our responsibility!
In Exodus 14, when the Israelites got to the Red Sea and the people of God saw Pharaoh and his army approaching, Moses said to them in verse 13 “Don’t be afraid, just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you; the Egyptians you see today will never be seen again…”
However when Moses cried out to the Lord, He responded saying “…why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to go forward…”
It seemed like the Israelites were faced with an insurmountable problem, but when the Lord instructed the nation to go forward, He knew that the Red Sea would part for them to cross over and their enemies would be drowned by the same body of water.
Verse 28 testifies that the waters covered the entire army of Pharaoh; not a single person survived!
Believers, it is time to lay aside everything that weighs us down, it is time to move forward into the deeper and bigger things of God.
Proverbs 23:18 promises us “For surely there is an end, and your expectations shall not be cut off”
Pastor G Ferguson.