Philippians 3:12-14

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

  • One of the greatest hindrances in our Christian walk is not letting go of our past failures and feelings as though we have already been defined as who we are. Your past may be your tendency, but it does not have to be your destiny. The legacy you leave behind is being built until the day that you leave this earth. Do not settle for your past. Glorify God with your remaining days and people will know the work He has done in your life. Learn from your past, do not be controlled by it. It is not where you were, it is where you are. It is not where you have been, it is where you are going. God is not interested in what we have hanging in our closet, He is interested in what we will wear today. You can never change your past failures, but you always choose your future commitment. As Christians we have been adopted (born again) into the family of God. We do not deserve this name, this mercy, or this grace but in His love for us, God provided a way through His Son for us to be in His family forever. Through His Holy Spirit we must forget what we did without Christ and focus on what God wants us to become. Jesus paid the price, and our future is secure if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. We have been made perfect in God’s eyes. Seeking God with all your heart leaves no room for focusing on your past. May we live in the victory of the cross and glorify our Father with all we have and with all our efforts. Never let the sin and shame from your past limit the peace and glory of your future. Repent, seek forgiveness for past sins, and move on. Remember past victories in Christ and seek more. A ship that is not moving cannot be steered.
  • Will you live with a past reputation without Christ or build a new reputation with Him?
  • Will you share how God has changed you on the inside and represent Him in the future?
  • Will you stand for Jesus and represent Him, regardless of your past?

1 John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Mark 4:35-41

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith? And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”” Notice the tie of fear to lack of faith. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior there is never a reason to fear. Fear is always a result of a lack of faith. Death, illness, money, other people, the future, the past, and uncertainty, are all things that people

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Mark 4:18-19

“And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” There are thorns all around us. Determine now to be fruitful today for God’s glory. May He be the object of our devotion and our continual focus. Are you letting other things in your life choke out the word of God which you have been taught? Is your soil deeper and richer than what is sustaining the thorns?

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Mark 3:34-35

“And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”” Being seated in a circle around Jesus means that our focus is entirely on Him. Are you in the circle with Jesus? By your actions, would Jesus consider you to be a part of His family?

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Mark 2:16-17

“And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”” When Jesus hung out with sinners, He had a message to share, and when He hung out with believers, He encouraged and taught the message they had already received. God will lead us to both groups according to His purpose for us. The group you are avoiding may be the ones who need to see and hear the message of Christ’s love in and from you. Pray before you make your decision on who you need to avoid. Are there people you have been neglecting because of their reputation? Does your conversation topic change depending on the group you are with or is your faith revealed in both groups? Matthew 10:32-33 “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I

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Mark 2:2-5

“They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”” Our does our heart compare to these men’s hearts when we struggle to even invite our friends to church, much less to share the gospel with them. The efforts of these friends demonstrated their strong faith in Jesus. We are saved by faith, encouraged in our walk by faith, assured of our eternity through faith, and at peace in all situations and circumstances when our faith is steadfast. When our faith is strong, we will have no hesitation about sharing our faith with those we encounter. Are you walking by faith? Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” 1 Samuel 2:9

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Mark 1:35

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” If Jesus knew the necessity of focused prayer for himself, how do we think we can get by without it?

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