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"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead..."

Reflection: Thinking of how mightily God used the Apostle Paul, even he was keenly aware of the spiritual battle. The antidote Paul used here is not one of thinking deeply on his past and mulling it over and over again. No, Paul said to "forget" the events and not just to "forget" them, but to replace them with this one goal... "reaching forward to those things that are ahead."

Application:  Are you surrounded by memories of the past? Ask God to cause your mind to meditate on the future. Begin reading Scripture and bathing your mind in the Word and fix your thoughts on the promises of Scripture. Let the concept of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 become your own personal mission statement and share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with others.

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Php 3:13.

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