The Upward Call in Christ Jesus

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV, “13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

There have been times in my life, I have thought about the past and wished I could do certain things over again. However, during those moments, I had to remind myself that God is faithful to forgive and that His plans are perfect.

I am sure we have all learned many valuable lessons from our past. With those many lessons have come both positive and negative experiences. Regardless of our past, Paul is encouraging us to keep moving forward.

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We can not allow our past experiences to hinder us from doing what we need to do, now or in the future. Our past is part of our story, and our story can be used by God to help others. He knows our stories from beginning to end. We have to trust God to work all things, good and bad, together for good in our lives (Romans 8:28).

Everyday, God is calling you upward in Christ Jesus, so keep pressing toward the goal!

36 thoughts on “The Upward Call in Christ Jesus

  1. We can use past mistakes as a learning experience, but we shouldn’t dwell on them. Through His grace, He forgives our mistakes. God’s mercies are new every morning. A great reminder, Dawn! 💗🌺

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  2. Thank God we have a father who doesn’t relate with us according to our past. We cannot afford to allow our experiences to dictate our present actions. Rather, we ought to see ourselves as God sees us and let that consciousness fuel our confidence in God.

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  3. I think we all tend to do that. Reflect on the past and wish we did some things differently but your words are right and such an encouragement. God will carry us through wherever we are at and may we learn from the past but not let the enemy weigh us down with guilt. May we fix our eyes ahead and on the Lord stepping forward.

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  4. Amen! I love that Jesus is calling us upward. This means that we do not have time to look behind. We have to move forward. This reminds me of Lot’s wife who refused to look upward but became stuck in the past. Great post, Dawn

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  5. Our greatest enemy is our last success. Even sometimes, the rewards for our success cannot be trusted. Our destiny in Christ is unlimited in scope. My greatest desire is to improve on my previous success before it becomes a failure.

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