• Bishop Keith Butler

Looking Forward To It

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. (Philippians 3:13-14)


Paul was one of the wisest men in the Bible. He wrote 2/3 of the New Testament and had tremendous revelation and experience as a leader and starter of churches. Experience does matter. You should read and listen to people with a superior amount of experience.

Paul still had not fulfilled every one of his goals, but there was one thing he was conscious of doing at all times. Anytime these wise men and leaders in the Bible state that there is one thing in particular for you to do, you should pause and give all of your attention to it.


Paul revealed one thing that he did time and again in his life: forgetting those things which are behind [in the past] and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [future]. Well, some may say that’s two things. Paul saw them as the same action. You can never move forward if you are still hanging on to the past.


Let the past stay in the past; you need to let go of what happened, good or bad. Holding onto the past will keep you from moving forward. Thank God for what has happened, but set your sights and your affection on what is coming.


I'm looking forward to knowing Jesus more; I’m looking forward to Jesus using me more in this stage of life than He did before.


I’m looking forward to all of the new things God is planning to do through me. I’m not retiring from God’s purposes until I die.


Practical Application – Take a moment to look forward to the things God is calling you to accomplish. God gave us the imagination to be able to see what our faith believes. Forget the past and look forward to how Jesus will use you.


Hebrews 12:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17

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