2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19
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Focus Verses: Philippians 3:12b-14
12b I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13
Brothers, 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
the Christian who is growing and maturing, nothing comes before
Christ. The center and priority of life is to know him and all he has
for us--experiencing the transformation and purpose he brings. This
Paul says he "presses on" and
"strains toward what is ahead." Implicit in these words is the idea
that Christians face pressures and resistance as they endeavor to move
ahead in their pursuit of Christ. Paul also says that in order to
move forward he "forgets what is behind." The habits and burdens from
the past can also drag Christians down and hold them back.
Response and Action:
knowing Christ and taking hold of his plan for me is my greatest
desire and priority, I must fix my eyes on Jesus and direct my energies
toward him and the purposes he has for me. I must let go of the past
and be prepared to face challenges in the future. I do this in the
confidence that his grace and power will sustain me.
Lord, help me to keep my eyes on you and to desire you more than
anything else in life. You are my life. I want to know you and the power
of your resurrection. Lead, teach, transform, shape, and strengthen
me. Help me to let go of the past, to break free from old patterns and
habits, and to shake off the sin that so easily entangles. Help me to
press forward through the challenges and pressures that would hinder
me from knowing and serving you. Help me to mature in Christ and give
me confidence in your grace and power to help me win the prize of my
upward calling. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 12:2-3
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him
who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow
weary and lose heart.
The Life You've Always Wanted
by John Ortberg