by James Merritt

Dr. James Merritt
Philippians 3:12-14


1. Believe it or not, in the last several years I
have become somewhat of a country music fan, and one
of the groups I like is a group called Rascal Flatts.
They came out with a song that both haunts me every
time I hear it, and yet also brings me a sense of
comfort. I want you to listen to just the first


Listen to the words one more time:

I've dealt with my ghost, and faced all my demons;
Finally content with a past I regret;
I found you find strength in your moments of weakness;
For once I'm at peace with myself.
I've been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for
too long;
I'm movin' on. (1)

2. I doubt there is anyone listening to this message
that could not look back on your life and have at
least some regrets; regrets of doing things that you
should not have done, or regrets of not doing things
that you should have done, or maybe regrets over both.
I guarantee you there are people here today who wake
up every morning under a cloud of guilt because of
something that's happened with their past. Well I
want to teach you today one of the greatest lessons in
life you will ever learn, and that is how to "move

3. Believe it or not, the greatest Christian who ever
lived, outside, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ, had
a lot he had to move on from in his own life. He had
a past that was full of shame, sorrow, and heartache.
But he tells us how he dealt with a past that was
weighted down with guilt, so he could look forward to
a future that was filled with glory.

I. Be Dissatisfied With Your Position

1. "Not that I have already attained, or am
already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold
of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of
me." (Phil. 3:12) Now Paul was saved and Paul was
sanctified, but Paul was not satisfied. Because even
though this man ...

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