Philippians 3:13,14 -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.
For every believer, there is a destiny to achieve and a high call to answer. It is in this place of the “press” that you find ultimate fulfillment as a born again believer. Nothing else is as exciting or fulfilling as becoming who God wants you to be!
Below are four truths regarding the press of the race for the prize of the upward call:
A) Everyone is to run. At the end of this race, every one of us will stand before the Lord and give an account for how we ran—not how we did in comparison to others. When you run the race that God has set before you, achieve the goals that He has called you to, being who God called you to be, then you will win.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
B) Discipline is a runner’s friend, not his enemy. To be able to run our race, we must train. What many Christians achieve is often the result of grace—it’s spontaneous and unplanned favor. However, to achieve anything great we must understand that self-discipline will bring supernatural results.
1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
C) Living in the press provides divine energy and life. Running your race will keep you young at heart. Energy and enthusiasm (“ In -THEO-asm” /God in you !) will be your portion as you focus on constantly progressing towards the finish line that God has set before you.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
D) Do not give up. Even if you have experienced major, heartbreaking setbacks, you have not reached the final finish line yet. Moses proved that true “training” occurred in the desert-not the palace. The quality of your life as a believer is realized in your ability to press towards the goal that is set before you. If you have a vision for what you are to do and a passion to do it, and if you discipline yourself in order to reach the finishing line, you will win!
Hebrews 12:1-3 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
SCRIPTURES MENTIONED ABOVE-FOR FURTHER STUDY, CROSS REFERENCE OR WRITING OUT YOURSELF:
1 Philippians 3:13,14, Corinthians 9:24 and 25, Isaiah 40:31, Hebrews 12:1-3
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