Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before – Philippians 3:13
Apostle Paul could not obliterate the past from his memory, but he refused to let his past obstruct his progress toward his goal. He wanted to forget his self-righteous past, and by using the present tense forgetting, Paul was indicating that it is an ongoing process. In order to go forward, we must leave the past and contend for our present and our future. For example, if we’re walking, if we continue to look behind us, we will walk in front of people, cars, run into trees because we can’t see what’s in our present, looking behind us can cause us to have accidents that can be detrimental physically and spiritually. Destiny will never be reached when we’re looking into our past rather than making goals for our future. What has been done in the past, can’t be undone, but the future can be accessed.
Prior to your birth, God already had a plan for your life, His plan was to bring you to your destiny. Just as God had a plan, Satan also had a plan to destroy you. Just as God needs a body to manifest Himself through, Satan also needs someone to yield themselves to him which brings torment and devastation to others. God places people in our lives to assist us on this journey, and Satan also places people in our lives to hinder and block the plan God has for our life.
As children, we couldn’t choose who came into our lives, but as adults, we can, and we should make good choices. Whether we’re a believer or non-believer, we need to choose people who will have our best interest at heart, that’s whether it’s a family member, friend, or someone who will be our spouse or is our spouse. We can allow people in our life that will destroy the plan God has for our life, rather than having a life, they will bring death in our mental state, death in our self-esteem, death in our health, death in our finances, death in our time, and what we desire to accomplish. That’s why we have to make a decision to move forward and access the plan God has for us, the life we desire to live rather than what someone else determines for our life.
Moving forward is removing everything and everyone that was in our life that brought hurt pain and regrets. Moving forward is making goals and plans that will inspire our life, which will increase our ability to enjoy life. Leave the past, and begin to walk towards your destiny. God and you are the only ones that should be directing your life and planning your life. Whatever and whoever caused the pain, suffering, disappointments, forgive them, release them and move forward towards God and your goals and your destiny. In order to move forward, we must forgive and we must be consistent, have tenacity, determination to live the life we desire.