“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.”
The past should be a rudder; it better not be an anchor. It should not be guiding or directing us on a particular course. What happens is that we say, “We’ve always done it this way.” Today is a brand new day. Today is a brand new day where God is going to do a work. We can look back and learn from our experiences. Those things were given to us, but what does God want in the future? What is God saying to our hearts? Where should we go? “No, we’re going to have to do it this way. We’ll put the anchor down.” I’ll tell you what…you’re going to block and you’re going to stifle the Holy Spirit because God wants us to move. People who look back, don’t have the presence of God. People who look back, don’t have the faith to move forward. “I remember when God filled me with the Holy Spirit.” Well, what about today? What did the apostle Paul say? He said, “… forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14 KJV). If all we do is look backwards, we’re never going to move forward. Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). What He’s saying is if we look back, our thoughts and time taken up in the affairs of the world, we cannot rightly perform the work of the ministry.