I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ JesusPhilippians 3:14
My friends, I thank God for each of you and the gift of a loving father who sent his only begotten son to die so we may live. As we experience the Power of Resurrection, may we also nail our sins to that cross, leave the past behind and choose to live.
As we reflect on the verse above, we should know that pressing on towards the goal for the prize is not a competition with others. Instead, it is a competition to be the best version of ourselves while remaining in the center of God’s will.
Sometimes it is difficult to press on because the burden weighs too much on us. You might say, “It is easier said than done.” I’m with you on that because I feel the same way too, sometimes. However, what other option do we have? I don’t. So, if God cannot help me, no one else can.
Therefore, I will keep pressing and ask for his help and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. After all, Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
The reality is that we all go through different seasons in life—good seasons and not-so-good seasons. However, I want to assure you that just like seasons come and go, that rough season will also come and go. So, like Paul, I say press on, my friends. Don’t let that rough season make you lose focus. Let us choose life today because, by the resurrection of Jesus, we live.
Therefore friends, let us approach the throne of grace for mercy (Hebrews 4:16), humble ourselves, and reed ourselves of fear, doubt, anxiety, ego, selfishness, bitterness, and things of that nature and ask God for a life that reflects the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:19-26). Remember, the sacrifice has already been made for you and me on that cross. So, let us also look to the cross and obtain power and boldness to tell the enemy, “Not today,” “Not ever,” and “I move on with Jesus” because he is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
So, in the middle of that season of sickness, pain, hardship, joy, and all the likes, I urge you to keep declaring healing over you, declare wholeness, peace, liberty, prosperity, and love, and let God be glorified in it.
Keep on declaring!
In addition, I want to remind us that God loves us so much that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Through this act of love, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5), saved (John 3:17), reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 5:10), justified (Romans 5:18), and redeemed (1 Peter 1:18-19). Also, our sin debt was canceled (Colossians 2:14), He rendered the devil powerless (Hebrew 2: 14), and we have a fulfilled destiny (Isaiah 53:4-7; Psalm 22:14-18). What else can we ask for?
Again, friends, I encourage us to press on!
Also, let us continue to encourage others. Be a light to someone else, especially your children. They are our future, and we can’t afford to leave them behind in a place of worry, fear, and hopelessness in this day and age. If the enemy tries you and cannot get to you, he will flee but might come to the next thing close to us. So do not leave them behind in prayers.
Pray for them, teach them to pray, and meditate on the scripture (which is God speaking to us). Also, make them aware that there are seasons of trials and tribulations, and then teach them to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) to get through those rough seasons and emerge victorious. For me, one thing this momma is going to do is to protect that which God has blessed me with -everyone and everything around me. I must cover all loopholes.
My friends, I hope I encouraged someone. Let us all press on toward the prize.
May the good Lord show us all mercy and give us the grace to press on and never lose hope. Feel free to share.
God bless you all and your families.