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Philippians 3:13-14

…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.

After you experience a trial, as things settle back into normalcy, you may look back at months marred by loss and disappointment.  

Jesus understands the longing and necessity for new beginnings. For every person that comes to Him in brokenness, He washes away the old and makes a brand-new creation. He continues to mold us into vessels He can use.  

Consider the man lying by the Pool of Bethesda who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus asked if he wanted to be healed, his despair was evident. 

Jesus gave three commands: Rise, take up your bed, and walk!  If the man had remained on the mat, it could have tied him to his pessimistic state. He needed to get up and get moving forward.

Perhaps, this year’s events have left you hurting and longing for relief. Hope, help, and healing are found in Jesus alone. His mercies flow anew every morning.

Leave your burdens at the cross of Calvary, the tree of triumph. Let go of the things that weigh you down and prevent you from running your race well. Forget those things behind, and walk into the coming months with head held high.


May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. If things in your past have left wounds on your spirit, bring those burdens to Jesus for healing. Shake off the shackles of the past to press ahead free and filled with hope.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Kings 15:25-17:24

New Testament

Acts 10:24-28

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 134:1-3

Proverbs 17:9-11

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Matt Hagee