Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phillippines 3:12 -14
Any time you look back and dwell upon bad experiences or failures of the past your eyes and heart are off of The Lord Jesus Christ, who is The Author and Finisher of our Faith!
Colossians 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Whenever you look back you are reliving the same nightmares you went through in the past! Have you ever noticed the mentally ill and heavily depressed always live in and talk about their past hurts? The devil will always create circumstances for you to take your eyes off of The Lord Jesus Christ. The devil wants you to you look back and live in his distractions to keep you weighed down in bondage and powerless without Jesus before you. As soon as they turn forward to look up to Jesus The Joy of The Lord comes upon them with Rivers of Life Flowing through them!
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ instructed us to abide and live in Him and His Holy Word.
John 15:4-5 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Always remember Jesus Lives Mightily in you and He wants to Pour out His Love, Light, Life and Power through you to this dying world. The devil will do everything in his power to take your eyes off of Jesus with persecutions, cares, desires. You will always live in defeat without Jesus.
Colossians 2:8-10 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”