Getting Past Our Past

Overcoming our past sins, 3 steps to overcome our past sins, Philippians 3, 4
Imagine being a rigid, prejudiced, Jewish militant, hating all Christians and wishing them dead, making it your goal to find them so they could be persecuted. 

Imagine standing by and enjoying the sight of an innocent man stoned to death for his faith in Christ (Acts 7:54-8:1).  

That was the former life of the Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:4-6). 

How did Paul overcome such an ungodly past? 

How do we overcome the sins in our past? 

Paul moved from past to future, from failure to success  (Philippians 3:13-14) these ways: 

1. He "Remembered" who he was in the past.

Paul often shared his testimony without excuse (1 Corinthians 15:9), even calling himself "the worst of sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15).* Honest, humble confession is important for "forgetting" our past.

2. He served God faithfully in the present. 
Philippians 3:7-14

3. He let God's opinions shape his future. 
Galatians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-5

And this is how we can move beyond our past too. 
* Paul was using literary hyperbole when he made this statement, but his intent was to confirm the fact that only through Jesus could he overcome such a terrible past.


    1. We all need to know gods word and thank you for taking the time to remind us.


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