HIPP VISUAL MINISTRIES - LOOK NOT BEHIND - ALTAMONT, TN
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LOOK NOT BEHIND


Brothers, the apostle Paul writing to the Philipians is offering
encouragement, thanksgiving for their support of him, a lesson from where he has came from, has moved into, and even his great hope for the future as he walks in faith trying every day to be Christ like.

He says that he has not obtained, but that he seeks after that
perfectness.

He also says that this one thing he does is that he looks not
behind, but forward to the prize which is Christ Jesus! 

My brothers we too should not to look behind, but forward. For we are made new creatures in Christ Jesus, and we to are to try for the perfectness of Christ in our daily walk.

Not that we will ever attain on this earth, but we are to try as Paul gave example to those brothers at Philipi.That by trying we might be an example to our brothers who struggle in their own walk.

Brothers, the devil is a liar, and he comes to steal, kill, and
destroy.

One of the main things that he will use to rob you of your hope, joy, love, and Christian walk is to get you to look behind.
 
Brothers, behind is where you lived in sin. He wants to remind
you of all of your sinful acts and thoughts before you where saved.

By getting you to look at your past he will make you
doubt that you are forgiven for all of your sinful acts and
thoughts.

Our past is past, and that is where God expects us to leave it.
 
Do you recall from God's Holy Word that He tells us that not only are we forgiven of our past sins, but that they are forgotten and He will remember them no more. "WOW"!

What a statement this is. He is teaching us what we are to do
with our past sins, and that is to forget and remember them no more forever.
 
Do not recall them. When you do remember them and dwell on them you are recalling them. We have the example of Paul and God the Father when they tell us that our sins are behind, and are to be left there, and forgotten, just as God has forgotten them.

Brothers, when you pray do not confess those sins of your past  that you have already confessed.

For God does not, and will not remember them. They are
forgotten! 

Only confess the sins that you have committed on this day, and confess them immediately when the Holy Spirit convicts you of a sinful act or thought.

Brothers, satin can not speak these thoughts to you. But, he can and does use others from your past to try to remind you of your past dead sins. They are forgiven, and Jesus has told us that he hung them on the cross, and crucified your flesh, and sins when you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior.

Philipians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for
the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for
whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 
 
Philipians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own
righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 
 
Philipians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made
conformable unto his death; 
 
Philipians 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the
resurrection of the dead. 
 
Philipians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend thatfor which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 
 
Philipians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things
which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which
are before, 
 
Philipians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
 
Philipians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 
 
Philipians 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained,let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 
 
Philipians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 
 
Philipians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of thecross of Christ: 
 
Philipians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their 
belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly
things.) 
 
Philipians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 
 
Philipians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Brothers, we are still in this world, but we are not of this world.When you are reminded of the past, simply say, "I do not recall that, thank you Jesus for my forgiveness". PRAISE GOD!

God Bless you my brothers, and please remind your brothers
when they are recalling their past that as Christians we are not to look behind, but forward to the prize which is Christ Jesus and His very soon appearing.

John Hipp
HVM - C13015