Tag: Philippians 3

Straining towards the prize!

Scripture reading for September 5th:  Philippians 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Philippians 3:12-15  “Not 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.  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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.”

Paul recounted his amazing life and the many things he had experienced prior to salvation.  He counted all his accomplishments as garbage for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus, his Lord and Savior.  But he still hadn’t arrived at the fullness of knowledge that was possible or that God desired for him!  So he described for the Philippians (and us!) his own attitude about his life and expectations for his future.  He put his past behind him and eagerly pressed on towards knowing Christ more fully!  This had resulted in his imprisonment and possible impending execution!  This understanding did not deter or distract Paul from straining forward in his quest for more of Christ!

Observations for over-comers:  Knowing Christ Jesus and one day seeing His face is the goal of each mature believer. We can’t live in the past or glory in past accomplishments but must strain forward, embracing the mission and trusting Christ no matter what!  “Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”  (Psalm 73:23-24)


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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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