Open Heaven 18 April 2018 Wednesday – FORGETTING THE PAST

Open Heaven 18 April 2018 Wednesday – FORGETTING THE PAST

Open Heaven 18 April 2018 Memorise: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. Philippians 3:13

Read: Philippians 3:7-14 Open Heavens 18 April 2018

7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

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,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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Bible in one year: Judges 7-8, 2nd Timothy 1

Hymnal: Sing hymn 15

MESSAGE – OPEN HEAVENS 18 APRIL 2018 WEDNESDAY DAILY DEVOTIONAL

In several portions of Scriptures, the Holy Spirit admonishes us not to forget several things, especially things that relate to God’s commandments (Proverbs 3:1, Hebrews 13:16).

In fact, one of the mandates of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to bring to our remembrance all things the Master has told us, so that we don’t forget them (John 14:26). However, in today’s Bible reading, the same Holy Spirit encourages us to forget the things that are behind us.

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Why does He wants us to forget those things? The reason is that if we don’t forget some things of the past, they may prevent us from reaching forth to those things ahead of us. Someone once said that ‘good’ is the enemy of ‘better’. When you hold tenaciously to the good something better may elude you. Furthermore, when you refuse to forget the days of your terrible past, you may never be able to live in the reality of the new beginning God has given to you.

This is another danger of not forgetting the past. Many people still hold themselves hostage to their past life, long after they have been forgiven by God Almighty. They fail to recognise the terms of the New Testament they are operating under. Here is part of what the Holy Spirit says about the new convent in the Blood of Jesus:

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

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An elderly man was brought to us years ago; he was terribly sick. We witnessed to him about Jesus Christ who forgives sins so that he may confess his sins and be forgiven. Surprisingly, he felt that the magnitude of his sins was too big for pardon. We assured him that this was not the case, and thanks be to God, the Holy Spirit eventually convinced him of what we were saying.

His problem was tied to his refusal to forget his terrible past. When an old friend of mine came face to face with me after I had become born again and a pastor, she could not believe that God could use me to heal her ailing child. I assured her that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away and all things have become new (2nd Corinthians 5:17).

She believed, and her sick child was healed. Today, many people find it difficult to forgive others because they refuse to forget the past misdeeds done to them. This is even more dangerous than refusing to forget your own past misdeeds (Mark 11:25-26). Beloved, keeping the record of your ugly past or that of others may rob you of the joy of forgiveness and the peace that emanates from forgetting the past.

Prayer Point – Open Heavens 18 April 2018

Father, teach my heart to forgive and forget in Jesus’ Name.

OPEN HEAVEN 18 APRIL 2018 HYMN

SING HYMN 15 – NEARER MY GOD TO THEE

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to Thee;

E’ en though it be a cross

That raiseth me,

Still all my song shall be

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to Thee.

 

Though, like a wanderer

The sun gone down,

Darkness comes over me,

My rest a stone;

Yet in my dreams I’d be

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Nearer to Thee.

 

There let me see the sight,

An open heaven;

All that thou sendest me,

In mercy given;

Angles to beckon me

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Nearer to Thee

 

Then, with my walking thoughts

Bright with Thy praise,

Out of my stony griefs

Bethel I’ll raise,

So by my woes to be

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to Thee

12 thoughts on “Open Heaven 18 April 2018 Wednesday – FORGETTING THE PAST”

  1. Father help us to forget our terrible experiences of the past that we may presently live in the realities of the new beginning yiu have s prepare already for us. Amen.

  2. This could very well be the major problem with the Church today – we forget the things that should be remembered and held close to heart, but quickly remember the past issues that are best left in the sea of forgetfulness. the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ seems dim to many of us who confess Him as Lord and Saviour. The Church needs to review our emphasis in Bible studies and cut down on the growing play to the gallery called prosperity preaching. Where is the power gone?

  3. Open heaven is God’s reality revealed through man. Abba father, help me by all these studies to live in you, die in you and be where Jesus is on the last day in Jesus name amen

  4. My Lord and my God grant me the grace to forgive and forget my past misdeeds and other offences committed against me in Jesus Name, Amen.

  5. Father thank you for your word. Please give us a heart filled with love and forgiveness that we will easily forgive and let go of the past as You have forgiven us. Let Your peace fill our hearts and teach us to love ourselves and forgive our mistakes believing that our future is brighter. In Jesus Name. Amen.

  6. May God help us to forget the past mistakes as well as past achievements so that we can see the better and best in the future in Jesus name. Amen

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  7. This teaching came at d right time, a time of healing by me forgetting the past and forgiveness.God heal my heart and help to forgive and forget in Jesus name.Amen

  8. Thank God for this message Lord I pray that you help me to forget me past mistakes and look forward to your glorious promises in Jesus name. Amen

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