Forget those things that are behind.

‘It’s Friday today, I thought I should drop you off this one – forget those things behind, both positive and negative.

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Philippians 3:8-9

He said, “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.

To achieve this he said I forget those things that are behind, (things although good) but were probably limiting him; counting all these things but loss or dung, that I may win Christ.

Upon this note he turns to you and says, “…let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing” (Philippians 3:16). And again he says, “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample” (Philippians 3:17). 

  • mark them who walk disorderly. You’ve us as a conduit of change.

What is the rule, what is the example?

 Forgetting those things behind, (both good and bad) counting all things but loss, or dung, “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus.” Stressing out the point he said, I do forget the things behind, but reaching forth unto those things which are before me. Now I want you to know that the past doesn’t equal the future but you decide to do now will impact it.

Don’t be stack in the past, thinking you’re going to experience more of in the future – appreciate the present, and more also, the future. Your yesterday is history, it’s gone. It should not determine your future, but that which you do now is itself key.

Here is my advice for you; delete yesterday and “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Our minds are excellent at avoiding the useless pains that are caused by uneasy thought or beliefs imposed on them. However, deletions happen for different reasons.  When it is necessary to concentrate our energy on a particular task, we delete every other perception to help us focus on what we consider most crucial. Free yourself of unnecessary burdens, then have new choices, for new outcomes. It’s a principle that we follow everyday that even during non-critical moments of our lives, we delete the data that reaches our brain that we think isn’t useful at all, such as noises.  We have to ignore many details in order to not be overwhelmed by anxiety or excess of information – forgetting those things which are behind.

When you’re anxious, you tend to focus solely on the negative aspects of situations and delete any positive aspects. For example: Focusing on the person who doesn’t like you rather than the many other who do. So Paul is suggesting that you free yourself of the baggage of the past victories and failures so that you may concentrate on the new choices, destined for the new outcomes. If we’re not going to change something about our lives nothing will ever change.

Have a blessed weekend

God bless,


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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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