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February 24, 2024

PRESS ON



TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Philippians 3:12-14 NLT

 

TODAY’S THOUGHT

There are so many great thoughts from this passage. It is one of my favorites in the writings of Paul. I think he sums up the key to his success in ministry and life in this passage. 

 

First, we see his humility. He acknowledges that he has not yet achieved the perfection in Christ that he desires. It is always good for us to live with enough self-understanding that we realize and admit we aren’t perfect. 

 

Second, Paul is choosing to “press on.” This is a very active phrase that includes intense effort. He is not casually waiting for God to do all the work. He is pressing forward to become more like Jesus. 

 

Third, Paul is focusing “on this one thing.” This should give us a cause to pause. I am a multi-task person. This is not always good because you tend to get a lot done but in the busyness of all the effort you can forget to focus on the most important things of life. Taking time to pause and remind ourselves what is the most important is something that few in our culture really do. We should pause to remind ourselves of what is most important each day.

 

Fourth, Paul learned to forget the past. The past can become a trap for our future. We can’t change the past, but we can learn from the past. We can choose to make the past our steppingstone not our stumbling block. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is forget the past—the key is taking the next step.

 

Fifth, Paul chose to focus his attention on future. He knew his future was with Almighty God. He wanted to know Jesus on earth so he could enjoy Jesus in eternity. His focus was on the eternal not the temporary. 

 

We can choose to be humble, to keep moving forward, and to invite the Holy Spirit to set our priorities and keep the first thing first. We can ask the Holy Spirit to help us forget the past and focus on the future.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit please help me to stay humble and keep moving forward. Show me what should be most important in my life. Help me to forget the past and focus on the future.

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I will learn from the past but I refuse to live in the past.

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The last twenty four hours have been very hectic for me. I receive the message that has been passed along via today’s fresh bread. God please make my mind calm when I pray.

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