Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV) 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 toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
In this verse of the scriptures,there are three things you must do towards a stronger future:
The First is to Forget, the next is to reach and the third is to press.
As Paul the apostle looked towards a stronger future, he said one thing I do ;There are many things I need to do , but one thing I do.
Sometimes ,you are just one particular thing away from your destiny fulfillment, you may think you have many things to do to get there but most of the times, you are just one thing away to destiny actualization .
The secrets of great and renown men of old was just in one thing:
David’s secret and ambition was in one thing :
Psalms 27:4 (KJV)
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
Jesus told Martha who was encumbered with much serving that one thing was needful :
Luke 10:41-42 (KJV)
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
He told the rich young ruler who came to him desiring eternal life one thing he must do which he lacked :
Mark 10:21 (KJV)
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Destiny realization won’t take many things but Just one thing !
For apostle Paul , that one thing was to forget !
When we are told to forget, it sounds like an easy concept but it is a process; forgetting is a destination and God wants to take you there but the problem is getting you there :
The concept of forgetting is not an easy one , it is hard because there had been investment;it is hard to let go of things You had invested energy ,time, money and emotions into ; it is not that easy as it appears to forget .
When you say to me to forget ,you are asking me to forget what took a lot of my emotions , time , money and You say I should forget this ? You don’t know what I had to go through to get to a place I really forget !
There are things we had invested so much and they are difficult to let go easily but as long as We hold on to them , we won’t embrace a stronger future .
Now you must select what to also forget :
Paul the apostle in reaching towards a stronger future selected Those things that he must forget ;
Verse 13 …..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’
You can’t leave in your history and go after your destiny at the same time , you cannot hold on to the two worlds! You must select what to release and what you must release are those things behind you both good or bad :
Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
18 Remember ye not the former things,
neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert.
As the time Paul wrote this letter to the church at Philippi, he was in prison .As at this time ,he was a success Apostle; he was the first to lightened up the Gentile world with the gospel and apostolic impact . As at this time, he had raised more sons and daughters than any of the apostles of the lamb dead or alive .
The likes of Timothy , Titus , Philemon, Onesimus, Priscilla and Aquila,…
He had written 2/3rd of the epistles and wrote extensively on various powerful subjects like prayer, warfare, love, gifts of the spirit, fruits of the spirit, marriage, the second coming of Jesus, the manifestation of the sons of God, righteousness, grace and a whole bunch of new creation realities. He had been caught up to the third heaven several times and had seen the lord in a vision several times.
Aprons and handkerchiefs had been taken from his body and many sick folks who came in contact with them became instantly healed, he had raised the dead and blinded many false sorcerers, he had seen raw apostolic power and had planted more churches across Europe with elders set over them but Paul was ready to forget them and press forward to higher heights.
Sometimes, the enemy of our progress is our last success.
The next thing Paul did toward a stronger future was to REACH forth .you must forget those things behind and reach forth to those things ahead but while reaching for those things ahead, the enemy will surely come hence the need to press.
Verse 14 ……I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Why is the need to press? It is Because, each time you want to get past your past and reach for the future, the enemy will come then you have to press!
Forget, reach and press. You will get there.
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