Luke 9:62 - Jesus said to him. "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back (to the things behind) is fit for the kingdom of God.
We are what the past has made us. Yet, we are commanded to not look back and to "forget.....what lies behind". With God, this is not impossible, for although the events of our lives are irreversible, our reactions to those events can still be changed.
Philippians 3:13 - "But one thing I do (my one aspiration): forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead."
As our reactions change, we change. Although we cannot alter the past, we can put our past upon the "altar" as an act of worship. A worshiping heart truly allows God to restore the soul.
Romans 8:28 - "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God."
The key for the fulfillment of this verse is that we become lovers of God in our spirits. When we are given to loving Him, all that we have passed through in life is washed in that love. It is redeemed and becomes good within us.
GOD REACHES INTO MY EXPERIENCES AND REDEEMS ME FROM MY NEGATIVE REACTIONS.
I FORGET MY PAST AND PRESS ON TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
EVER PRAISING GOD TRANSFORMS THE NEGATIVE ASSAULT OF THE ENEMY INTO A SPRING OF SWEET WATERS WHICH REFRESHES ME.
2 Corinthians 6:14,15 - "Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together? How can Christ and the Devil agree?"
EVERY RELATIONSHIP TAKES ME TOWARDS MY DREAMS OR AWAY FROM THEM.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father." - John 1:14
When the Word became flesh, it didn’t just stop with Jesus. The Word is still becoming flesh as He tabernacles with you, living within your tent of flesh and blood and redeemed humanity. You are His habitation, His dwelling place, and He has established His throne within the chambers of your heart, as a living tabernacle of His glory.
The Word becomes who you are DESTINED to be, within the realms of glory; of grace upon grace and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and favor upon favor and gift upon gift.
For the Word must increase and consume your flesh, consume it and be glorified so that when they look upon you they will behold His Glory, and behold one who is indeed begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
"The Word was the true light that enlightens all men....but to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God -- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will but born of God." - John 1:12,13