Don’t look back, you aren’t going that way.

Philippians 3:13-16

“Don’t look back!” Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians, “Brethren, 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 upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
God’s word to us is, “Don’t look back!” Like the Apostle Paul we must forget “what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead.”
There is a natural, human tendency for us to look back. We have history books, yearbooks, photo albums, home movies and memories that allow us to look back.
And there can be great value in looking back. We look back to learn. We look back to affirm the places and faces and circumstances from whence we have come.

At the same time Paul tells us to “forget what lies behind.” But Paul is saying don’t look back in a way that will keep us from going forward. Don’t look back in a way that makes us prisoners of our past, because looking back in the wrong way enslaves us or enslaves others to past mistakes and sins. Looking back in the wrong way does not allow the healing of old hurts and painful memories.

Even looking back at past accomplishments and successes can keep us from discovering what lies ahead.

There’s no reason for us to remain enslaved to the mistakes and sins and shortcomings of our past. We don’t have to continually feel guilty and “second rate” because of something we did years ago or even yesterday.

So the advice that’s given to us is, “Don’t look back!”

xo Shay

Walking into Worship

What’s your worship attire? We deceive ourselves when we breezily claim that God does not care what we wear to church. God cares about our hearts, and what we wear is often an expression of our hearts. So what does your relaxed worship attire say about you? A bride would be insulted if we cared […]

Continue Reading

We are created differently…

I want to point out one important thing. As you may already know, we are created differently and there are things we can’t change like our body type, facial features and the likes. Although we won’t have much control of our genetics, we do have control over our appearance and this is something we shouldn’t […]

Continue Reading

March Madness Testimony

March Madness was exactly that for me in the month of March. Madness! My faith was shaken, my marriage was tested, and my children were under attack. I dealt with people lies and betrayal against me. I tried to push through but it seemed like the more I tried to be positive, the harder things […]

Continue Reading

#ChurchStyleTipSunday

I go to a Baptist church, so every first Sunday the ladies wear white and the men wear black suits. Me being the person that i am… I get bored of looking the same, so I find ways every month to classy up my first Sunday style. This month I opted for this black and […]

Continue Reading

Can I wear Leopard Print to church?

#ChurchStyleTipSunday: Can I wear Leopard Print to church? Me: Yes, we can! Leopard is one of the boldest animal prints a woman can wear to church. But that doesn’t mean you need to avoid it. You just need to tread carefully. Let’s take this leopard shirt I have on from @socialbutterflyboutique with this black pencil […]

Continue Reading

Attitude of Gratitude

I remember when I said, “why God, why this, and why that?” God told me to wait for His timing. God has delivered me in the past, but when you are going through bad times all you’re thinking about is right now. I’ve seen God use trials to build me up, answer different prayers, open […]

Continue Reading