BIBLE VERSE: 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, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14)
TRUTH: If your Ford (Chevy, Dodge) pickup were chased by a tornado on a wide open Mid-Western interstate, it would be natural to look back to see how far and fast your nearest safe spot is. This is not what the Bible is taking about. Too many Christians let their past define both their present and future, completely ignoring the new nature Christ embedded in them. This is human nature as culture around us tries to impose their secular worldview. But because of this new divine nature, two things are important here to succeed from here on out, from the above Bible truth: "straining" and "press on".
Defying Satan and the past, we MUST leave the past IN THE PAST...and it takes work, effort, bible study, fellowship, prayer. This is what God means by "straining". But the straining is a partial defensive tactic. Next, we MUST PRESS ON. That is - go on offense to win the battle for our maturity in Spiritual things - the Ways of the Lord. Put on the Armor of God- and suit up for battle (All of Ephesians 6).
Strain to break free - press on to BE Free. Once free - Keep on Truckin'!