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Wednesday, September 12th, '18

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FORWARD, TOWARD, UPWARD

"...reaching forward unto those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13,14 NKJV)

 

Three interesting prepositions stand out in the New King James Version of this important verse of scripture. Everyone needs to memorize this one. Paul says we are to move "forward", that is a generalization in direction. It implies turning one's back on every hindrance of the past. Forward makes no provision for maybe or what if? It plows ahead. Next, he uses the word "toward" which targets a specific goal. Eyes must turn from history to destiny. Where we came from makes no difference. The past is the past. Past days can't be relived. Past money can't be re-spent. Past opportunities can't be re-acted upon. Today is all we have so it must be focused "toward". The third preposition is "upward" which assumes motivation to a higher place than where we are.

 

Forward, no one can move that direction while cursing, nursing and rehearsing the bygone. Paul said, "Forgetting those things which are behind..." Those things are only "things". Things can be dispensed with. What lies ahead is spiritual, eternal. Yesterday is supposed to be a rudder that guides us into the future not an anchor that slows our momentum. Repent of the mistakes. Click delete to the criticisms. Clear out the negative memories like cleaning out an attic for a rummage sale. You don't live back there anymore so why dress, talk, act and dream as though you do?

 

Toward, there has to be an aim in life. Paul's was a prioritized mission, "This one thing..." It was a personalized mission, "This one thing I do..." It was a pressurized mission, "I press toward..." And it was a pictured mission, "toward the prize..." He visualized in his mind where his life was headed. In Paul's case the "toward" ended in heaven. But the focus works also in every other commitment in life. If you want a happy marriage, a successful business, a sharper self-image or whatever you will never hit the bull's-eye unless one has been circled and marked, preferably in red.

 

Upward, ah, there is a word with a tug. We shouldn't stay on the same plain on which we were born. "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead" (vs 11). Eagles fly upward. "Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). If Job spoke those words as a negative I sure do not take them that way. Trouble causes some people to mount higher. One gets bitter, another gets better. Sparks fly upward because of the passion that burns inside the ember. Forward gets us headed in the right general direction, toward pinpoints our aim to a definite mark, but upward launches us like rockets into stratospheres we have not formerly known. Some never reach the stratosphere because they have stratus-fear, but that's another sermon for another day. Just know that you were made to soar in life. "They that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings as eagles". The chin is to be tilted upward. The climb to success is always upward. Any old fish can swim downstream but it takes a mighty salmon to fight the current and swim upward. There is one more verse I want you to savor as you go about this new day - "Consider now from this day and upward..." (Haggai 2:18) Notice, this day "and upward". In other words, every day from here on is upward. We're movin' on up! Forward, toward, upward...God-ward!


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