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Philippians 3:12-4:1

The past is just that--past, over, done--and no matter how much we want to, we can't go back and do things over. Going forward, however, is a completely different story. We can (and should) learn from our past and then work all the harder as we move down the road to eternity. That's the message I picked up on from Paul's words in Philippians 3:13-14. "But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and staining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

So what is it that you should be straining forward to accomplish for the Lord today? What does "pressing on" look like for you and your life? Tami W.

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It is good to be reminded of this. Often we are paralyzed by the past...what happened or what didn't happen.

I have been delaying pushing forward and hooking up with a womans prayer group. It has been weighing on my mind of late, more than before. But I keep thinking about how long it has been since I had said I would do this and how it looks bad that I still havent started.

Its funny they way Tami uses the word straining. It implies such great effort...and right about now...what I desire is going to take great effort...but ill press on.

For me, right now, this means that even though I am hurried this morning, I will remember to keep God so close to me in constant prayer that I will be His witness as I rush through this morning. Unlike other rushed mornings when I was only my own witness. In hope and prayer that only His Will, will exist in me.

Here is my struggle.
God has changed my life, and I am so thankful for that!
Now that I see what I could not see without Christ it is so hard to walk without my best friend beside me.

I am thankful for this verse.
I am so glad to know and see that I look forward and keep my eyes on God.

Wow, is all I can in how this has touched me again today realizing our Past is just that Past. How freeing when we actually can see it as that and remember that in our human natures, knowing that the opposition uses it against me daily on how I fail. Thank you lord for the reminder of this and help me lay my past failures down at your feet, moment by moment and day by day. Help me to strive toward you, to be used by you, showing others your love and light.

Where I need to press forward today is remembering in am His child, forgiven and loved. That the past is the past and I need not think or worry about it again but learn from it and move forward. Another area I need to press forward is in getting together in a bible study. Couples bible study would be great for my husband and I where we can grow with other believers. Anyone with any suggestions?

Pressing on for me means doing those things outside of my comfort zone that are required by God. As an extremely timid person it is difficult for me to do lots of things God requires of me like sharing his word and encouraging others.I know that being timid is due to fear and I know that God hasn't given me a spirit of fear but he said to trust Him.I know that my shyness hinders me from reaching the place God wants to take me hence I know that I have to do whatever it takes to overcome this issue and press on to the place where I can do whatever God requires from me.

Philippians 3:13,14 is one I've comitted to memory. I like the ESV version: "I focus all my energy on this one thing, to forget the past and move forward to what lies ahead." For yesterday is only a dream, and tomorrow a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Via con Dios amigos!

This passage reminds me that I have no control over the past and even though I'm grieving for what has happened God is with me and He assures me that letting go and trusting in Him will keep me focused on what He has in store for me. He blesses me everyday in so many ways. Yesterday I became so sad thinking about my daughter's father and our recent separation so I decided that instead of thinking about it I was going to focus on God and His son Jesus and what Jesus endured for us. What Jesus endured for us makes my issues so insignificant. I allowed myself to cry and feel the hurt. When I woke up today I felt like a new person and almost as soon as I woke I received a phone call about my new internship I will be starting soon. I pressed through the heartache yesterday trusting in God and knowing that He is urging me to move forward and let Him do the work! I have to overcome this so I can continue on with God's plan for me.

It also serves as a reminder that "prosperity" should not be our goal here on earth. All too often, we hear and see televangelists that want to correlate our right standing with God, to how much is in our bank account!

here i am encouraged by paul to look only unto Christ not my circumstances no matter what i face with God on my side who can be against us its not easy but paul urges us to press though i may not see a way but i know that God will make a way i have realised that faith is telling the soul to go beyond what the eyes see and this only enlightens me that when life gets to hard to stand we should kneel , "worry looks around sorry looks back but Faith looks up"

To me, pressing on means to not give up when circumstances are difficult. It means to keep praying, keep studying, keep doing what God has called me to do.

I use to be bad about beating myself up over sins of the past, but now I realize where that comes from (satan is the accuser of the brethren), but Jesus did not come to condemn the world but save the world. There is no more condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. My sins are as far as the East from the West and in the sea of forgetfulness never to be remembered no more. I have learned to drop to my knees for forgiveness and then get up and move forward. I no longer look to or dwell on the past but I look forward to my future in Christ Jesus.

Today, I should be straining toward reaching out to new people, inviting them to come to CRU with me, and letting them see the love of Jesus through me. "Pressing on" for me, looks like forgetting all the stupid things I have done in the past, and realizing that someone bigger than me has forgiven me for every wrong thing that I have done. It looks like a change in spirit when I realize that I no longer need to live in fear, but live with a joy that comes from knowing that tomorrow is another fresh day to start again.

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