Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
The enemy wants each one of us to only look to where we have failed and been unsuccessful, instead of looking how much we have progressed and grown spiritually. The devil wants us to focus on our past, instead of focusing on our future. He wants us to think about how many times we’ve failed and made mistakes, instead of how many times we’ve succeeded.
But GOD wants us to focus on Him and to know with HIM we are strong and not weak, to look at our victories and not at our losses, and to look believing God does have the solution, and not just to look at our problems.
Through these two verses God is saying to us to run (press on) towards the goal, answer His call, and forget what is in the past. Take note of ‘what’ we are focusing on and then look at and magnify God’s works and possibilities. Don’t believe the lies of the devil! Believe God!
He has the power to strengthen people that feel weak. He wants to show His power and heal sicknesses. He can make a way where there is no way. He can give favor and open doors. He can be a powerful and personal Saviour, and best friend to those who have lost hope, and purpose and think they can’t go any further.