Summary: This is a sermon for the watch night service. As we enter into 2006 in order to reach our purpose and achieve our destiny we must forget the things of the past and let them go.
“Forget it and Let it go”
Elder Melvin L. Maughmer, Jr.
Philippians 3:13 “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.”
If we go back to the 10 verse the Bible says “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Paul had a desire he wanted to know God and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering being made comformable unto His death.
His desire was so great that he didn’t mind suffering; he didn’t mind the things he had to go through, because he said in every situation I learn to be content. He had a desire to have a close relationship with God and this desire was so great that he said I’m forgetting those things that are behind.
Let’s take a look at the things that were behind him.
People talked about him in the past.
People persecuted him in the past.
People stoned him in the past.
He was in social ruin by the church folk in the past.
He felt the cold sting of jealousy by the church folk in the past.
He was made to feel as if he didn’t belong in the church because he didn’t do things the way everybody else did.
He was left alone, expected to die.
He was tossed and driven battered by the angry sea.
He was accused of all sorts of things, arrested, and beaten.
However, he had a desire to know the Lord. He wanted a close relationship with God. He wanted to embrace God more then impress people. So he made up in his mind I’m going to forget all that mess, I’m going to let it go. You see there is a crown of righteousness laid up for me, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day; therefore, I must forget all this mess and let it go. I got to press toward the mark. It may not be easy, but that is my purpose. I may have to cry sometimes, but that is my goal. I may be forsaken by those that say they will be by my side, but that is my desire. So I got to forget all that mess and let it go.
As we enter in 2006 the hurts and pains of 2005 are still fresh, the wounds are still open, but we got to forget it and let it go.
In 2005 you may have been criticized.
In 2005 you may have been talked about.
In 2005 you may have been pushed aside because you didn’t belong to the clique.
Because you didn’t sing so well you were made to feel like you didn’t belong in the choir or on the praise team so you didn’t sing anymore, but you have a desire not to impress man, but you want to embrace God. So you got to make up in your mind I’m going to forget it and let it go. I may not be able to sing like an angel, but my desire is to make a joyful noise.
I got to reach my goal. I got to achieve my desire. I must fulfill my purpose; therefore, I am forgetting those things that are behind and I’m going to press toward the mark.
Those thoughts of revenge forget it and let it go.
That feeling of rejection from the church folk that makes you feel like not even coming to church you got to forget it and let it go.
That anger that you have because the people have made you upset you must forget it and let it go.
That feeling of depression forget it and let it go.
There is something that you need to understand that crown, your destiny, and your purpose is not predicated and the stuff in your past. That backbiting is not bound to my destiny. That jealousy is not tied to my goal. That rejection is not going to keep me from purpose. So instead of wasting time worrying about folk. Instead of trying to figure out why so-n-so doesn’t like me. Instead of wondering how I can become part of the clique so I will not feel so all alone, I’m forgetting those and I’m letting them go, because I have a desire.
What’s my desire, in 2006 I want to be closer to you Lord. I want to know Him. I want the manifestation of His promise in my life. I want to walk in my purpose. I want to achieve my destiny. I want God to be able to use me the way He wants to. So in order to do that I am going to forget all the mess that happened in 2005. That feeling that I have been holding on to down through the year, I’m going to let it go.