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Yesterday’s Gone

March 10, 2007

Philippians 3:13-14  “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,  I press on for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

I was thinking last night about that which is the title of this post.  All of the mistakes, attitudes, failures and self-serving devices of the past are no longer in Gods memory if we’re in Christ.  Likewise, the above verse is telling of the mindset that the apostle Paul had.  He was determined that nothing in his past or in his present was going to deter him from the calling that God had placed on his life.   Of all the apostles, the testimony of Paul is an incredible one to be sure.  He was beforetime, contrary to the truth; wrecking havoc in the churches and committing folks to prison who called upon the name of Jesus.  He kept the coats of those who stoned Steven, consenting unto his death.  We all know what became of this man who was determined to crush this “movement.”

Acts 9:3-5  “And as he journeyed he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art thou Lord?  And the lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”

One can only imagine what must have gone through Sauls mind when he heard this.  All that he had done his entire life, thinking that he was pleasing to God, was cast down with these words.  He suddenly realized that he had been working against the God whom he claimed to serve.  A man who seemed to have it all together and who had the respect of his contemporaries was in a moment, shown to be completely undone.

Acts 9:6  “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?  And the Lord said unto him, Arise and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” 

Three days in darkness.  Thee days in Damascus wherein he refused food and drink.  I have wondered what went through his mind during this time.  Probably a lot of repenting.  Repenting of everything that he could think of clear back to moments in the days of his childhood.  (I’m sorry for not listening to my dad when I was 4)  Unable to imagine how he could have been so contrary and not having a clue as to what lie ahead.  We know that he saw in a vision, a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him that me might regain his sight, (which indeed came to pass) but nothing else is recorded as to how these three days went. 

I was reading yesterday through some comments and it seemed as though some were battling discouragement to a degree.  Perhaps past events or current shortcomings; things that I’m all too familiar with battling.  Or maybe something totally unrelated to either of these.  As far as past events or transgressions, God remembers none of it when we come to the Lord Jesus and sincerely ask forgiveness.  The devil remembers and will keep throwing it up if given an opportunity, but God casts it all into the sea of forgetfulness.  As for current shortcomings, we continue to strive toward the mark, just as Paul wrote in the letter to the Philippians.  (The epistle to the Philippians is one of my favorites)  This seems basic in content but it should be our resolve. 

To keep on keeping on; no matter what comes our way.  To cast down imaginations, doubt, and any fear that’s not out of a reverence of God.  I battle with shortcoming all the time it seems.  This keeps me looking up and striving to grow into the fulness of Christ.  This may sound a little screwy, but the incredible failures of the past, such as the season of rebellion, have made me all the more determined to finish the race that is set before us.  A level of determination that wasn’t there before.  One more passage of scripture before I wrap this up.

John 6:65-66  “And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me except it were given unto him of my Father.  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” 

This had to be a bewildering scene.  Jesus stated that nobody comes to God on their own; that it’s the Holy Spirit that leads a man to repentance.  Many of his disciples went back because of this statement and separated themselves.  I don’t think for a moment that the number 66 in the sixth chapter fell where it did by accident.  (like a forshadowing of the great falling away perhaps?)  Most who had been following along with Jesus left.  The next three verses, however, should put a song in our heart and a determination to forge ahead.

John 6:67-69  “Then said Jesus to the twelve, Will ye also go away?  Then Simon answered him, Lord to whom shall we go?  thou hast the words of eternal life.  And we believe and are sure that thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

The crowd leaving didn’t move them for a minute.  Likewise, nothing should move us.  Yesterday really is a memory and soon we’ll enter the eternal day where we will forever be with the Lord Jesus along with all who love him.  Trials will come, feelings of doubt may crop up, and the enemy will go on wispering falsehoods into our ear.  We need to be all the more steadfast standing on the word of God.  I need to close this as I’ve gotten nothing done around the house this morning.  I’m going to close with a very familiar passage, but one that I clung to after the Lord brought me out of the season of rebellion and doubt seemed to be a daily antagonist. 

I John 1:7-9  “But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

One more passage which is very telling and should actually be the subject of a post.  (it may be at some point)

I John 2:1-5  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also the sins of the whole world.  And hereby do we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that sayeth, i know him, and keepeth not his comandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we we are in him.” 

Have a great weekend in Christ. 

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6 comments

  1. So true! Yesterday is gone. Thanks for your encouraging word.


  2. Praise the Lord for His new beginnings in the Lord Jesus Christ! Oh that we would be able to grasp the fullness of this new life in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ!


  3. Timbob, what a wonderful and encouraging post!

    We all have this problems and yes we have to remind ourselves on this…that yesterday is forgotten and we start anew with Christ if the Holy Spirit truly abides in us!
    Thank your this post!

    Blessings Andrea


  4. His mercies are new every morning, I for one am thankful for that!
    Blessings!

    Susan


  5. I’ve always found it slightly ironic that “the Lord’s lovingkindness begins anew each day” is smack dab in the middle of one of the most depressing books in the Bible, “Lamentations.” It’s like the Spirit popped in for a moment and shone His light.

    Can you imagine if Bin Laden became a Christian and wanted to attend your church? Maybe that’s how the Christians in Paul’s day felt about him. A bit suspicious.


  6. He gives us enough grace for each day. 🙂



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