Word 4U Today



In Philippians 3, Paul talks about how he really, genuinely, very-very-earnestly wants to live a Jesus centered life.

But he’s under no illusions. He knows that he’s not quite there. Read Philippians 3:12-13.

There, Paul explains something so important – that, no matter how human he is, he’s adamant that he’ll press on, look forward, and strive his socks off to live the best life he can. What an absolutely wonderful example.

We all need to recognize where our lives don’t look like Jesus’,

and take those areas to God in prayer and apology.

As soon as we give our mistakes up to God, He lays them to rest and moves on.

But we can have a tendency to keep hold of the past (it feels weirdly comforting to rehash those memories, we know).

Sometimes it’s through reliving the condemnation and guilt, and sometimes it’s in a very different way.

It can be tempting to actually look fondly on our past sins (No, really. Think about it… it happens more than you might realize) because there’s a part of us all that wants to be twistedly proud of those ‘wasn’t I a rebel’ moments.

The truth is, that point of view is just not healthy.

If you’re still tied to your past in any way, it’ll be harder to move forward,

towards “that perfection” that Paul calls us to focus on.


Type up the stuff that you’ve done (or still do) that you feel stops you from heading towards “that perfection”. Pray your apology, and ask for help. Then hit delete (or, you know, select all, then delete). Let it go from your records just like it’s gone from God’s.

Verse of the Day:

 ‘…but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.’ Philippians 3:13 NLT

Joy Ferdiz

March 2nd, 2014

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