9/21 Days of Prayer

1 Corinthians 2:2 NKJVFor I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

God’s desire is that our minds be set on the cross of Jesus. He wants us to be cross-conscious. But what does it mean to be cross-conscious? To be cross-conscious is to fix our eyes on Jesus, who provided payment for all our sins past, present, and future on the cross. At the cross all our enemies were defeated and we were freed from all the punishment of our failures.

Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV“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.”

Our past is too heavy to carry it into our present. We are able to let go of our past when we set our minds on the Cross rather than our failures. Satan reminds us of our past in hopes that he can keep us from living the redemptive future God has paid for. God constantly reminds us of the future because our destiny is held up in what’s to come, not what has been. We are not defined by our past mistakes, failures, or shortcomings! We are defined by the finished work of the cross!

When you read Philippians 3:13-14, “forgetting what’s behind,” what situation comes to mind for you?

Declare: I am forgiven of my sins, and my past no longer defines me.

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