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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 27, 2014 - Press on Toward the Goal

By Kristen Feola

The apostle Paul is one of my favorite people in the Bible. I love his boldness, tenacity and humility. He was a mighty prayer warrior and spokesman for the Lord. But before Paul was a missionary, he was a murderer. Paul had a past. A rough one.

Paul not only mocked Christians, he had them killed. Yet, when the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus, Paul was radically changed. One visit from the Savior, and Paul's life took a different path. The wicked persecutor was transformed into a passionate preacher of the gospel.

However, Paul was human. Even though he preached tirelessly about God's grace, he must have struggled with deep remorse over his past. No doubt the enemy reminded Paul daily of his former ways, hoping to paralyze his faith.

Paul refused to be lured into captivity. He made the decision to leave his transgressions at the Cross. I believe that was precisely his motivation for writing, "One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13,14, NIV).

Instead of focusing on his failures, Paul celebrated his freedom. As a result, he experienced joy and peace in serving the Lord.

No matter what regrets you have — whether they stem from events of 10 years or 10 minutes ago — let them go. Forget what has already been forgiven. If you are born again, your sins are no longer counted against you. You're free to enjoy God's unconditional and eternal love without guilt or shame. "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).

The Lord has great plans for you, plans that exceed your wildest dreams. Don't waste any time reaching back in regret when you should be pressing ahead for your goal. Press on to know Him!

— Kristen Feola is the author of the book The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. She and her family attend James River Church (Assemblies of God) in Ozark, Mo. Kristen blogs at ultimatedanielfast.com.

 

 

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