Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended (laid hold of); but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. Philippians 3:13
Paul was writing here about the call to press on as one in a race. Press forward, while calling us to forget that which is behind—our past fears, our past focus, and our past failures.
We are called to new faith that overcomes fear. Fears will trail you with the lying forecast that you can’t make it. Fears are today’s lies about tomorrow’s promise. Fears are denials of hope rooted in doubts about God’s power, presence, promise, and workings. God always offers us the guarantee of His presence, and that’s enough to cast fears aside. The timeless rule for every runner in every race is, don’t look back.
Dr. Jack Hayford