Press Forward

1 January 2012


1. Introduction


2. Let go of the Things of the Past


i) Successes and Achievements

·         Celebrate them, thank God for them but don’t live on past successes.


ii) Mistakes and Failures

·         These can be a source of guilt, shame, regret.

·         These can cause erosion of confidence, boldness.

·         Face them and bring them to the Cross and the Blood for forgiveness.

·         Ps.27:23 “Steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down for the Lord upholds him with his hand”.


iii) Sorrows and disappointments

·         Sorrowful experiences can cling to and erode motivation.

·         Spirit of grief attaches to them and drains energy and life.

·         Gen. 11:27-37 Terah set out for Canaan but stopped halfway. Terah stopped at the place of memory of past grief.

·         Luke 24:13-17 Disciples on the road to Emmaus.

·         Face sorrows and disappointments grieve over loss and receive comfort from the Holy Spirit.

·         2 Cor. 1:4 comforts us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.


3. Refocus Your Vision

4. Determine to Stretch

The miracle happened when he stretched – attempted to go beyond himself. Impossible to stretch without power of the Holy Spirit.



(a) Short term – breakthroughs in areas of life.

(b) Long term – rewards in the Kingdom and millennial reign.

                        - Today is the day of apprenticeship.

                        - Prize = NT1017 = crown given to victor in games.