Monday, June 19, 2006

Philippians 3

12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, 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, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes it's so much easier to look back instead of looking at what's ahead. When I look back, I don't like a lot of what I see. It seems that looking back always come from our fleshly vision. When we look forward, our vision comes from the Holy Spirit. He gives us eyes to see something better. He gives us eyes to see restoration. He gives us eyes to see Him. There are so many things that I need work on. When I look back, I just get overwhelmed. So today, I choose to look forward and press on towards the prize.

Father, thank you for being my FATHER. Thank you for never giving up on me and always believing in me when I have such a hard time believing in myself. I pray that you will stir up the joy that is within me. The joy is already there, it just needs stirring! I love you Lord, Jesus.

7 comments:

momteacherfriend said...

14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Press on. I will press on.

V. said...

10That I may KNOW him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Lord, I pray for all of us today that you lessen the gap between who we THINK you are, and who you REALLY are.

Thank you Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you Lord, for making me whole
Thank you Lord, for giving to me,
thy great salvation so rich and free.

Storms said...

I read.

Kellie said...

I got nothing out of todays reading, but when I got here and read Amanda's comments along with everyone else I was moved. GOD uses all of us each and every day to speak to someone who is lost. I love you ladies for obeying the HOLY SPIRIT'S prompting to write what you learn each day. Let us all press on even on days that we don't get anything. Because we either will tomorrow or GOD told someone else what we all needed to hear and they will pass it on to us. Love you all,
Kellie

Kellie said...

V. I love that song.

Sarah H. said...

When I look back, I just get overwhelmed

that's just SO TRUE.

I pray that we'll ALWAYS look ahead, and always consider and pray about what God wants us to do and where He wants us.

Playing with our emotions is something the Devil does.

That we'll NOT let Satan enter our thoughts, ever!

Seeker4Christ said...

I like how The Message translates these verses: It renews them and shows yet again how Paul "shoots from the hip". 15-16So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it.

17-19Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I've warned you of them many times; sadly, I'm having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ's Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
It helps me to get a really clear idea of what we are suppose to do.