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Reaching Forward to What Lies Ahead

November 7, 2014

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Reaching Forward  to What Lies Ahead

Whatever our age,  we can look  at our past  and see all sorts  of failures.     They are times  when we sinned  —  we did things  that bring shame,  things we just don’t want  to talk about.     That is the past.     We want  to change  for the better.     We want  to get  on the right track  for Christ’s sake.

The apostle Paul spoke  to the Philippians  of his struggles  to live more rightly.     He had been a very proud,  self-righteous person  and had  to knock off  his pride  and humbly confess his sins  —  learning to depend  on Jesus’ righteousness  to cover his sins.     Paul was accustomed  to being proud  of his work righteousness.     It was part  of being a good,  up-standing Pharisee.     So,  it was quite an eye-opener  for him  to realize  that all his past efforts  to be better  than anyone else  was a big waste  of time.     His attitude condemned him.

Before Paul came  to know Jesus Christ,  he depended  on his own ability  to live  a so-called  “better life”  than others.     When Paul finally got  to know Christ,  he was humbled  and shamed  by his arrogant pride  in imagining  he was good.     Isaiah 64:6  took on new meaning  for him  as it said,

For all  of us  have become  like one  who is unclean,  and all our righteous deeds  are like a filthy garment.

Paul learned  that he had  to depend  on Jesus’ righteousness  —  not his own.     That was humbling  for someone like Paul.     When Paul realized  how condemning his pride was,  he could have wallowed  in hopelessness,  and claim  that God would never forgive someone  like him.     But,  realizing Jesus’ power,  authority,  and willingness  to forgive,  Paul confessed his sins  and accepted Jesus’ forgiveness.

With that acceptance  of Jesus’ forgiveness,  Paul could now  get on  with life  and proclaim  in Philippians 3:13,

But one thing I do:   forgetting what lies behind  and reaching forward  to what lies ahead,  I press on  toward the goal  for the prize  of the upward call  of God  in Christ Jesus.

We all need  to humbly confess our sins,  accept forgiveness  in Christ,  forget what is behind us,  and press on  toward the goal  of a new life  in Christ.     Without Christ  there is no new life.     Without Christ  there is nothing  to reach  forward to  —  nothing  of value  to gain.     Let us think  about what our goal  in life  should really be.     What is it  that we really want  in the end  —  more than anything else.     Eternal life  in Christ  is the highest goal  anyone can reach.

Reaching forward  to our new life  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are our righteousness  —  our all in all.     Let us live our lives  for You now  and forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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