This morning I just picked up my book (published late last year, 2013). Its called STAND, fight the good fight of faith. I read a couple of pages in it and I was really edified so I decided to share.
Philippians 3:12-14 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
When you take stock of your life and evaluate yourself, and the number of times you have failed out numbers the number of times you have succeeded, it is not time to give up. It is time to reinforce your resolve to succeed at that worthy cause. Whether it is in your stand to live pure or to fulfil your God given dreams, never lose your resolve to stand, rather, press on.
One area I know that sometimes people get frustrated when they fail over and over is in their pursuit of holiness. What the devil wants is for you to give up And believe there is no way out. But certainly there is a way out. The right knowledge of the word of God is what holds your deliverance. I have a post that deals with this in a way that will transform anyone who reads it. That victory that you’ve always longed for can be unlocked for you. Read it here: Why Your Victory Over Sin Tarries
Some other times it is in the area of fulfilling our God given purposes that we seem to come short. What must we do at such times? Give up? Never! We must press on in the power and grace of God. We must continue to dwell in the presence of the Most High to receive strength to go on even in the face of challenges.
One last scenario is when we have had a good deal of success. What do we do at these time, relax? Don’t be tempted my friend, it’s the way down. King David will advice the same thing. It was when he had enjoyed so much success which God gave him that he decided not to do his God given responsibility. When he was supposed to be at war, he was sleeping at home. Rising up from his bed, he goes on to the roof of his house and you know the story from there. The man after God’s heart murdered a loyal friend and subject, trying to cover his adultery with his wife. How did he get there? He stopped pressing, he thought he had arrived.
Press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Leave the past behind, make today count and thereby secure the future. You can start today, even now.
I pray for you today that everything from your past holding you back are severed from your life now in the name of Jesus. Whatever they may be: successes, failures, sin which has been forgiven but the devil keeps putting guilt on you, you are set free from them all and you are pressing on in the power and grace of God. You are fulfilling your purpose, in Jesus name.
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