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"Brethren I do no consider that I have made it my own way; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead." [Philippians 3:13 RSV]

I onetime was opportune to join a group to visit a prison some time ago. On our arrival we were told to drop our phones, we were not allowed to carry phones inside the prison so we don't take photos of the inmates and we don't give out our phones out of empathy as a gift  to any of the inmates. When we were finally taken to the  prison cells where we shared the gospel of God's love  to the inmates. 

The living  condition in the prison was totally  unfavorable to the health and well being of the inmates. The prison cell was so congested that in a small cell you have hundreds of persons living there with  no beds... 

 Life  in the prison is very frustrating, inmates had no freedom to do what they wanted. Their lives are determined and organized by the prison authorities.

  All their dreams and aspirations are on hold while for some they may never have the opportunity to maximize the enormous potentials in them because they have been sentenced to life in prison.
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  • Life behind the cell is a life of regret, it is a life that deprives one from joy, love, peace and happiness.
  •  Life behind the cell is a life that is purposeless and uncomfortable.
  •  Life behind the cell is a life that is based on the PAST. 
There are so many persons today who are living  their lives from behind the cell — they are living based on the past and have held unto their ugly past.

 They now live for the past and the people that hurt them in the past. 

They are living for that guy that raped them.
 They are living for the guy that broke their heart.
They are living for their father/mother that hurt them.
They are living based on their past mistakes. 

They have chosen not to forgive themselves and the persons that hurt them. This has made them married to their past, they now live a borrowed life. 

They don't see their future, though they are in the present but they are living for the past. Like the inmates in the prison those living in their past have chosen to live an uncomfortable life, a life that they truly don't desire. 

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Apostle Paul had a terrible past,  but he said " but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind". He understood that to be progressive in life has to do with you forgetting or not holding unto the past. Imagine you are in a vehicle and the driver is looking at the rear mirror and driving the vehicle backward instead of forward.


 This is what we do when we hold on to the past, we cannot live a progressive life, we will always have people to blame and excuses to give for our failures. 

 Let us learn from Apostle Paul that one thing we should always do is to forget the past and take advantage of the future to write a better story. 

 This is so we can strain forward to the glorious future that lies ahead of us. You know it is not easy to forgive or let go of the hurt of the past, but as apostle Paul puts it, he said “we strain forward”. To “strain” means to apply a force to make unusual great effort, it also means to put pressure on something. You see forgetting what lies behind is not easy we have to put pressure; this pressure we need is called the GRACE of God

Depend on the Grace of God, so it is not about depending on your human effort because it will fail you. We also have to renew our minds with the word of God to do the will of God not doing what we want. 

We want to payback but God says in His word that we should leave vengeance to Him. This is why we must ask the Holy Spirit to help us so we can let go of whatever ugly past we have had and embrace the glorious future God has for us.

Your choice to forgetting what lies behind is so you can live a productive and impactful life on earth. 

 The secret to letting go of your past is focusing on the glorious future ahead of you.

Choose not to be a prisoner of your past, choose not to live life from behind the cell. 

Live in freedom by walking in love and letting go of every hurt. This will empower you to live the life God has destined you to live; a life of love, joy, prosperity, peace...


There is a void in every man that wealth, fame, social status, sex, drink, fun and the likes can't fill.  It is only God that can fill that void, what is that void that is missing? It is the absence JESUS IN YOUR LIFE AND ALL HE OFFERS such as peace, love, righteousness and joy in the Holy Ghost.  You have taken the wheel of your life all by yourself and like Peter you have caught nothing with your life, this is the time to allow Jesus Christ into your boat (life)  so He can help you to catch the fullness of life in Him that gives you a meaningful life on earth and defines your eternal destination.

If you want to surrender to Jesus Christ, why not say this prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ  I acknowledge that I am a sinner,  I believe in your death and resurrection.  I ask you forgive me of my sins,  I reject the devil and all his works, l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life.  I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name .Amen .

If you just said that prayer I welcome you to God's family. Look for a Bible believing church where God's word is taught to fellowship there.

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Keep living a purposeful life in Christ Jesus.


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