Philippians 3: 12-21 The challenge for every believer in the pursuit of heaven is to keep focused on the real issues and continue on with passion. Goal - 'Prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus'
Let Go - vrs 13
Forget the past
Enjoy the memories
Learn the lessons
Don't live in the past
Don't let the shortcomings or difficulties limit the future
Don't hang on to blame - who did what
What new memory might the Lord make for us?
Look Forward - vrs 13
Be future focused
Pray and plan
Make plans and prepare
Gather up my energy and resources
Be open and optimistic - faith exercised
What might the Lord do with these next steps?
Press On - vrs 14
Move forward with purpose
Wise investment of strength and resources
Pay attention to the current details - don't operate on auto pilot
Things may be similar
Current situations are somewhat different
Daily living is to live with purpose not coast or just put in time
Strain/press - move with purpose and determiniation
We live with a goal in mind
What adventure might the Lord have for us as we press on?
APPLICATION Daily life forces us to face changes God shapes our futures not our past Spiritual goal is rest in heaven with Christ