Summary: If we are ever going to reach our max potential for the Lord we have to forget the past, focus on the future, and forge on.

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The Believers Duty to FORGET

Philippians 3:12-16

INTRO. Have you ever forgot anything?

IS there ANYTHING more embarrassing than forgetting a special day???

Or is there anything more dreadful to a man than hearing these words…Honey, did you forget something?

An elderly woman took her husband to the Dr. and said, Doc, I think he has Alzheimer’s…he forgets things all the time…Doc checks him out and says no…it’s just the natural effects of old age…have him start writing things down to help him…that night as they get ready for bed she says…I’d like some ice cream…he says…I’ll go get it…she says…you’d better write it down…He (angrily) I can remember ice cream…She says…I want some chocolate topping on it too, you’d better write it down…he (angry) I can remember…ice cream with chocolate topping…(repeat for cherry on top)…he goes off to the kitchen and is gone for some time…finally he returns with bacon, eggs, hash browns and a glass of milk…She says…you idiot…how could you have forgotten my toast???

All joking aside…if we are ever going to live up to our potential as Christians, Paul says there are some things we SHOULD forget !

I think that all of us gathered here tonight have a desire to live a life that counts for Christ.

But…if we are not careful…our memories of our past lives (and even our current) can drag us down as effectively as an anchor stops a ship.

Satan is a liar…

John 8:44 (NKJV) 44You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Not only is he a liar, but Jesus said he is the father of all lies and the truth is not in him…

Now where does that fit in here? Satan wants you to believe that your past sins are either:

a. Unforgivven

b. Unforgotten

He will spend day and night in your conscience throwing around a wrecking ball called guilt, and have you so worked up and feeling guilty and ashamed that you will not even come to into the Father’s presence!!!

Listen to what God’s Word says…

Psalms 103:12 (NKJV) 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 43:25 (NKJV) 25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.

These two scriptures tell us unequivicably that not only does God forgives us of our sins…but that he forgets them as well!!!

And if we are ever going to reach our full potential as a Christian, we must do three things…

Philippians 3:12 - 14 (NKJV) 12Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, 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, 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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