Onward! Encouragement For the New Year

…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 3:13b-14

I love the New Years holiday.  And the thing I love about the New Year is also one of the things I love about the Christian life.  You keep going.  And you keep going forward.

If you had a bad year last year, New Years is a chance to start out strong and have a better year than you did last year.  If you had a great year last year, you can keep it going and have an even better year this year.  I once heard a man of God say that “the Christian life is a life of new beginnings.”  And I think that is true.  If you failed in your Christian walk yesterday, or last year, confess it to the Lord.  Accept His forgiveness and move forward for Him.  Ask Him to help you do better today or this year.

Paul says here in Philippians that he is “forgetting those things which are behind.”  That is what we have to do.  If we have failed, we forget it and move forward for the Lord.  If we have succeeded, we forget it and move forward for the Lord.  If we constantly dwell on our past failures, we will be constantly defeated by them and we will not move forward for Him.  If we constantly dwell on our successes, we become proud and complacent and we will not move forward for Him.  There is a place for remembering our successes and failures, but there is no place for dwelling on them.  Our failures keep us humble and remind us of His mercy.  Our successes keep us working and remind us of His grace.  But we are supposed to keep moving forward, no matter where we are.

In verse 14, Paul tells us that He is pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God.  He is pressing forward.  That is what we need to do in this coming year.  Last year is over.  We no longer have last year.  We have this year.  Let’s make it the best one we have had.  Let’s allow the Lord to make this year what He wants to make it in our lives.

Have a wonderful New Year!  Onward for the Lord!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Supercool, Ben!

    Thanks much for sharing 🙂

    ” Our failures keep us humble and remind us of His mercy. Our successes keep us working and remind us of His grace. But we are supposed to keep moving forward, no matter where we are.”
    It’s easier to go forward when the way is clear. Roadblocks and fogs tend to see me running back to the familiar and safe, but you are so right, forward march!

    Blessings
    ann

    P.S. ——–> 🙂

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  2. What a great verse for us, going into the New Year! Thanks and God bless you, Ben!

    Reply

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