As we begin looking into the New Year, we tend to look back at the old. Looking back can be a bad idea, but looking back can also benefit a believer. If you are looking back and focusing on the bad things that happened or the bad decisions you’ve made, it will be more difficult to move ahead in the coming year. But if you are looking back to remind yourself of the blessings and answered prayers that happened in your life, then you are moving in the right direction.
Philippians 3:13-14 says, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Choosing to not remember our past mistakes helps us to look to the future, the future that God has set before us. He has a plan for each one of us. If we have not fulfilled that yet, our goal should be to look toward how to fulfill His expectations of us. Notice it says, “I press on.” That is not a passive verb but an active one. We do not fall into winning the prize or fulfilling God’s purpose in our lives. That is not by accident and default. We must first of all choose to not remember the bad decisions, and then to press on, to actively move forward.
Knowing that God has a plan for us should put some perspective in fulfilling our purpose. We can move forward with our purpose when we know God and are walking in the peace that comes from the knowledge of God.
In 2 Peter 1:2-4 the Word says,
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Knowing the character of God will multiply grace and peace in our lives because we know of His trustworthiness and His honesty. We know that He is our Protector and Provider. We know that He is our Healer and Comforter. Knowing Him gives us the boldness to expect Him to do what His word said He would do.
Now if we are looking back to remind ourselves of the blessings in our past, then that is a way of building our faith, reminding us of who God is and how we can depend on Him. David did this as a young man when he was explaining himself to Saul. Saul did not think that David could take Goliath on his own, and yet David was not discouraged because He knew who His God was and that He would be delivered. He reminded himself how God delivered him from the lion and the bear when tending his sheep. Remembering our past blessings and answered prayers lifts us up and encourages us. It gives us a boldness to do what God has called us to do.
Remember, grace and peace are yours when you pursue the knowledge of God. As we go into the New Year, let’s determine to walk out God’s will in our lives. To do that we must walk in a supernatural peace that only comes from God. And the Word says that grace and peace are multiplied to us through the knowledge of God. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Pursue the knowledge of our Heavenly Father. Get to know Him and His character and go into the New Year with a renewal boldness to believe what the bible says is true and to believe in our Heavenly Father who only wants blessings in our lives.