Zachery Tims: Forget About the Past

by | Aug 18, 2011 | Charisma Archive

Zachery Tims diesEditor’s Note: This article was originally published in Charisma magazine in June 2007. In the article Pastor Zachery Tims, who died on Aug. 12 in a New York City hotel room, exhorted Christians to pursue God’s destiny for their lives. The article is characteristic of Tims’ charismatic teaching that helped him build a megachurch with 8,000 members in Orlando, Fla.

Where you’re going in life is more important than where you’ve been.

When you’re driving a car, do you ever pay attention to how big the
windshield is compared to the rearview mirror? Why do you think the
rearview mirror is smaller? It’s because where you’re going is more
important than where you’ve been.

Destiny is not about the wrong decisions you have made in life; it’s
about getting back on track and moving in the direction God has
ordained.

Certainly we can all learn from the victories and mistakes we’ve made in
the past, but we should not spend all our time staring into the
“rearview mirror” of life. If we do, we’ll crash into whatever is just
ahead of us. We can take a glimpse every now and then to make sure
what’s in our past doesn’t creep up in our future, but we can’t park
there.

More than any other Bible writer in the New Testament, the apostle Paul
seemed to understand this point. He said: “I do not count myself to have
apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are
behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press
toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”
(Phil. 3:13-14).

In order to appreciate the full weight of Paul’s words, you have to
consider his background, conversion and commitment to proclaiming the
gospel to the gentiles. Paul was a success story in his day. He came
from the right family and studied under the Nobel laureates of his time.
He was president of his fraternity and a partner in one of the largest
law offices in the Middle East.

But that’s not all Paul was. He had accomplished great things, but he
had also done horrible, unspeakable things. He imprisoned, kidnapped,
bound and murdered men, women and children because of his ungodly,
legalistic religious beliefs.

And it wasn’t until he met Jesus face-to-face on the road to Damascus that he heard the voice of the one true God.

Paul knew he had to forget and leave behind his shameful actions against
the saints. He was forgiven by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and he
put them all behind him for the hope of accomplishing what God had set
before him.

Like Paul, you need to allow Jesus Christ to transform your life and
then look to the future. Check where you’re going and how fast you’re
heading there, and make sure the Holy Spirit is empowering you.

Every day, people come to my church with the same kinds of problems I
had as a teenager growing up in Baltimore—drug abuse, drug dealing and
promiscuity.

I tell them: “God doesn’t make mistakes. He has never given up on you.
He has a purpose and calling—a destiny—He seeded into you when you were
conceived in your mother’s womb, and He is still holding it for you
today. When God looks at you, He sees your destiny fulfilled, not dead.”

If you’ve wasted years of your life making bad decisions, you’ll have to
work overtime to regroup and get back on schedule, but that doesn’t
bother God. He is big enough to help you jump-start your life to fulfill
the plans He has for you.

It doesn’t matter if you are an unbeliever or a Christian living a
carnal lifestyle; God believes in you, and with His help, you can turn
your life around. God’s destiny is in you, buried as a seed in your
heart.

And since you know it’s there, you need to take the next step of
nurturing it and reaching for the prize of the high calling God has for
you in His Son, Christ Jesus!

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

RECENT ARTICLES

Prophecy: A Window of Time Has Opened for Believers to Preach the Truth

I was rejoicing and praising God on Friday, June 24, 2022, for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, knowing that an ungodly decree was overturned and one national curse was broken. I heard by the Holy...
The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest