7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Thank you, I thank God that I can "certainly forget what is behind"! My mistakes, my failures, my sins have been blotted out by the "high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
In Christ Jesus I am now starting anew. And, in his name and by his grace, I press on to the goal. The resolutions I made yesterday are in effect today. Tomorrow they will continue to their consummation.
I know that it is difficult to continue without stumbling, and that it is easy for the one who stumbles to fall. But I also know who I have believed in. And I know that "it is powerful to save my deposit for that day." (2 Timothy 1.12).
To Him I owe the forgiveness of what I did and the forgetfulness of what I was, my mistakes, my faults, my sins all remained with Him: nailed to the cross. Because of him I am a new creature. Because of him I am a child of God. Because He deigned to "look at my baseness", here I am, alone with Him, surrendered by his love at his feet.
Mine was sin; His are forgiveness and grace. Mine was weakness; his is the power he gives me to "go on to the goal". Shame was mine; His is and will be the glory. What a fortune it is to exclaim: He is mine and I am His.
Sir, I made my resolutions yesterday. Today I start the fight. I know I'm not fighting a day's battle. The true victory will be in eternity. The combat has already begun, but without you, Lord, I cannot fight. You know me as I am. Give me your strength. Give me your hand. Your blessing give me, Lord. Amen and amen.