Scriptures on Moving Forward

Scripture provides guidance and encouragement for moving forward and overcoming life's tragedies.
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Remember that God has a plan for you, and it’s not in the past. Christians are a new creation through Christ, so it’s time to move forward into what He has prepared for you. 

Trust that the Lord will help you move forward and guide you to make the best choices. Let your faith be your motivation, and don’t dwell on the past. Instead, focus on what’s ahead of you and move forward with confidence in Christ. 

Scripture provides guidance and encouragement for moving forward and overcoming life’s tragedies. We pray this gathering of scriptures on moving forward is able to provide the guidance and encouragement you seek.  

Scripture on Moving Forward

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  • Isaiah 43:18 
    Forget the former things;
        do not dwell on the past.
    See, I am doing a new thing!
        Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the wilderness
        and streams in the wasteland.
  • Isaiah 40:31
    Those who hope in the Lord
        will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
        they will run and not grow weary,
        they will walk and not be faint.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 
    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  • Job 17:9 
    Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways,
        and those with clean hands will grow stronger.
  • Philippians 3:12 –14 
    Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart
        and lean not on your own understanding;
     in all your ways submit to him,
        and he will make your paths straight.

  • Isaiah 43:18 

    Forget the former things;
        do not dwell on the past.

  • Proverbs 16:3

    Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
        and he will establish your plans.

  • Psalm 119:11 

    I have hidden your word in my heart
        that I might not sin against you.

  • Romans 8:1  
    Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
  • Romans 12:2 

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  • 2 Corinthians 12:10   

    That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here!

  • Proverbs 4:25  

    Let your eyes look straight ahead;
        fix your gaze directly before you.

  • 1 John 1:9  

    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

  • Exodus 14:14
    The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
  • Galatians 2:20 
     I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Hebrews 12:1-2
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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 us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Philippians 1:6 
     …he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • Luke 1:3
    For no word from God will ever fail.
  • Psalm 23:4 

    Even though I walk
        through the darkest valley,
    I will fear no evil,
        for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
        they comfort me.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart
        and lean not on your own understanding;
     in all your ways submit to him,
        and he will make your paths straight.
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