THE PRIZE IS NOT IN YOUR PAST | Alive! Daily Devotional

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

What is in your past? Memories of abuse? Memories of neglect? Or maybe memories of successes you have never ever achieved again to this moment? A lot of us have various things in our past, some of us have achievements while some have failures and regrets. We often look back at our past and hold on so tight to them that we forget we have a destiny ahead of us. The past may be the beginning of a journey but it is never the destination! If the past was to be the destination, it wouldn’t have been in the past. Don’t stand there admiring or regretting the past that you forget to move ahead. Get this:

1. Forget whatever is behind you

2. There is a future ahead of you

3. The goal is the future and not the past

4. The prize is in the future and not in the past

Whether it is an achievement, a glory, an abuse or regrets that has been drawing you back into the past, you need to forget it now and start straining forward. No matter how beautiful the past was, it is behind you and there is something greater before you. The goal and purpose of your life lie in the future and not in the past. The prize isn’t in the past and therefore you must keep your focus on the goal and keep running towards the prize!


There are certain things in our past that seems hard to let go. Perhaps it was an abuse that forced us into a certain lifestyle or a mistake we made and we are finding it hard to forgive ourselves. If you truly desire to move forward, you must remember that God isn’t looking at our past and we shouldn’t be looking at it either. Forgive yourself, dust yourself and walk into the future! How about your achievements? The reason you haven’t beat that record may be because you keep admiring your past instead of moving into your glorious future! Move now!


I have a future before me and that should be my focus from now on. I let go of the pains, the hurts, the glory and achievements of the past. I am ready to set new records, I am breaking new grounds!


Precious Lord, I know you have forgiven me of my miserable past and today, I agree with you and I forgive myself too. From now, I am moving in the glorious life you have for me and I am free from the shackles of my past.

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