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Straining for the Prize!

Scripture reading for September 4th:  Philippians 3, Psalm 27, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures: Philippians 3:12-16 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining  to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.  Only let us hold true to what we have attained.”

Paul was in the later years of his life and ministry.  He had walked with Jesus through many trials and tribulations and seen many miracles and spiritual victories.  But he knew that he was not perfect and had not arrived.  He kept his focus forward, not backward.  He knew that the best was yet to come and to focus on knowing and seeing Jesus when He returned would keep him and those he oversaw moving in the right direction.

Faith Confession:  I choose daily to focus on Jesus Christ, placing Him first in all things.  I purpose to leave the past behind me and set an example for others by pressing on to know Jesus Christ, Who saved me by His atoning sacrifice.

Psalm 27:4  “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”

 

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I want to Know Christ!

Scripture reading for September 4th:  Philippians 3

At this point, Paul had walked with the Lord through many trials and years of ministry.  He had written and taught many of the same principles and doctrines over and over to those he served.  This did not bother him because he considered it a way to safeguard their faith.  (Philippians 3:1)  He warned the church to watch out for false teachers who would try to add works of the law to faith.  To Paul, the Christian journey was all about knowing Jesus Christ!

“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”  (Philippians 3:8-11)

Paul had given up trying to keep the law and boasting in his own righteousness.  He now pursued Christ Jesus!  He was saved by Christ on the Damascus road, but now at the end of his life he knew he must “press on to take hold of that for which Christ took hold of me,”  (Philippians 3:12)  This attitude marks mature believers in Christ.  We must strive to learn and grow to know Christ and become like Him in His death and in His resurrection!

 

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Sunday message: “The coming of the Lord”

Scripture reading for December 2nd: Philippians 1-4

Dear Friends,

Another week has rolled around and God’s people gather to worship and refocus our lives on the source of life, Jesus Christ!  We must let go of the events of the past week and refocus on Christ and His eternal program.  We live best when our attitude is in line with the Word of God!  God is preparing a company of people who will live eternally with Him and enjoy His presence forever!  What a privilege to be called into His presence!

The book of Philippians is our reading for today in order to complete the Bible this year.  We must read on the seventh day for the rest of the year in order to stay on track.  May the Lord open your heart to His truths in this special letter to the church from the Apostle Paul from prison in Rome.

“I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:3-6)

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

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