Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on. Philippians 3:13-14

One of satan’s strongest weapons against Christians is to bring up our past failures and embarrassments to discourage us and tell us that we can’t go on for Christ. The devil wants to pile up the rubbish and ruins from our past to block our progress.

Nehemiah and his fellow Jews who went back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city’s walls encountered mounds of rubble and other debris from the city’s destruction. The fourth chapter of Nehemiah describes the physical rubbish the workers faced, but the principle remains the same in the spiritual¬†world.

The debris they were working around was a reminder of past failures and defeats for Jerusalem.

But Nehemiah was there to claim victory, not moan over the past. And many times we must do as Nehemiah did–stand in the area of previous defeat and claim victory for Christ!

If you get caught up in all of the junk of the past, you’ll get weighed down and not move forward.

Don’t let the evil one remind you of your failures, and fail to focus on the blessings of God in your life.

Have you lost confidence today because of failures that still haunt you?

If so, I encourage you to follow Paul’s advice and forget about them, and strain forward to what lies ahead!

Don’t let the piles of rubble from your past keep you from pressing on for Christ.

by Dr. Jack Graham

6 Responses to Don’t Let Your Past Hold You Back

  1. Nicki says:

    If there to answer this it would be helpful. The bible talks about sin, in this regard. I put my faith out there for college, and then i had to get my teeth pulled. After 12 weeks of going the financial aid dept. Said i didnt qualify for aid, my moms ins. Wouldnt pay for my extractions and also my car died. I wanted to die. I ended up owing a ton Of money. This is what i mean by setbacks, and past holding me back from moving forward. I trust God Almighty i am still hurt by not being able to go for another attempt at life. The past holds me back.

  2. obie ohiaeri says:


  3. Willahar Mahecha says:

    Amen future is ahead and in heaven we have our reward

  4. Mary Ann Quibido says:


    Thanks much for the encouragement and a challenged as well.
    God Bless

  5. Joel Canders says:

    I thank You once again for this word of encouragement. You know, it’s amazing that no matter how much time has passed since my biggest failures in life, that the enemy still uses the same old tricks to get me to focus on the past. But thank God for His beloved Son who knows how to redeem you from your past failures. I choose to move forward, because in the midst of your greatest failures, it can also be some of your greatest breakthroughs as well. Be encouraged allworship followers, your greatest breakthrough is closer than YOU think.

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