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I continually urge the people of God to let go of the past. I would argue strongly, far too many people hold on to the past. Consequently, they are not able to live a full and meaningful life. There is nothing to gain by holding on to the past. Let it go! Appreciate the blessings of the newness of each day. Don’t try to live in the past. I find it amazing that church people often talk about what they used to do. They cannot move on. There are many of us still dealing with past mistakes, past disappointments and past heartaches. Give it to God and allow Him to grant to you the blessings He has in store for you. Remember this; morning-by-morning new mercies are ours to see for each new day. Before reading further, take a moment and ask God to release you from what is holding you back. Then look at Philippians 3:13:

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Paul, the humble servant of the Lord, makes a personal testimony. He indicates that he is not perfect, but he also puts the past behind him as he presses forward. He writes, “One thing forgetting those things which are behind.” He keeps pressing, trying to make the mark of the high calling. Paul does not call himself fully complete, but he recognizes that some goals in his life must achieve. He is transparent, does not seek to speak more highly of himself, and acknowledges his personal imperfections. Read this entire chapter when you can. I have said it before. There are no perfect people, no perfect pastor, and no perfect church: but only a perfect God. Our lives will be better if we really make a conscious effort to let go and let God. Don’t let the pastor hinder you. Be like Paul, striving each day to run the race that is set before you.