DEAL WITH THE PAST,
THEN LET IT GO – Ray E Horton
Be careful not to read scripture out of the context of the overall message. For example:
“Brothers, I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Phil. 3:13).
First deal with past
If I have already attained victory over the things of the past, then I can forget the past and move forward
Some would take this verse and run with it. But, if the past, with its consequences, have not been dealt with, you must not bury it. You need to deal with it according to God’s Word, doing what He shows you to do to receive and give healing, including making things right with others.
Note that Paul wrote in verse16, “Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” If I have already attained victory over the things of the past, then I can forget the past and move forward.
It is only then that verse 13 applies. We then no longer need to, nor should we dwell on the past that has been dealt with but go forward in the plan and will of God.
Then, let us remember this reassurance: “I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).