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July 24, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3:13-14


Philippians 3:13-14

One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Thought for Today

Isn’t it amazing that when we look back on our lives we often dwell on our moments of failure, regret and the times we came up short. We have had our share of triumphs, joys and victories, but these are slow to come to mind. Dwelling on the past tends to drag us down. This is why Paul declares that he focuses on the future. He certainly had his share of failings, even as a church planter. I am sure he remembered every conversation with an unbeliever who left unconvinced, every person he thought he reached for Christ who walked away, and how short the churches he planted came from his vision when he started. Paul could have let these things drag him down. Dwelling on them would have made him walk away, convinced he was a failure. Instead, Paul always focused on the next challenge God placed in front of him. He was constantly pushing forward to the upward calling of Christ in his life and in the church. He understood that God simply called him to be faithful with the charge he was given in that moment. The past was in God’s hand. He could only impact today and plan for tomorrow. Don’t let your past failure define your future. Keep your head and heart pointed to the future. Your past is in God’s hands. God simply calls you to press on with Him into the future.

 

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for calling me to press into the future with You. Help me to keep my focus forward. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Young men, trust God, and make the future bright with blessing. Old men, trust God, and magnify Him for all the mercies of the past. — Charles Spurgeon

 

Quote of the Day

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino



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07-24-2019 at 4:33 PM
Rachel Hammond
I was having a particularly bad day at work today, with a major error that my team made and this message helped me to focus on the fact that the past is the past, we need to continue to focus on the present and press to the future. Thank you!
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July 23, 2019, 5:56 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3:9


Philippians 3:9

…not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith…

 

Thought for Today

All his life Paul had been told that the Law found in Old Testament was the only way to be righteous before God. He had to know the Law and keep the Law in every point to be righteous. He was told that this was the only hope he had of going to heaven. To that end, Paul did everything in his power to keep God’s Law. He would later lament that for all of his efforts he was still the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). He knew, even while he struggled, that he was coming woefully short of being righteous in God’s sight. This is an amazing confession from one who worked so hard for his own righteousness. The only way a Pharisees’ Pharisee could make such a confession is if he came to the astounding realization that his righteous standing didn’t depend upon his good works after all. Paul’s righteousness depended wholly on God’s work for him. What a relief this must have been! Have you realized this wonderful news yet? Do you truly know that your righteousness depends on Jesus’ work and not yours? What a relief to know that God’s love for you doesn’t depend on working hard enough or following rules perfectly. His love for you depends on His choice to love you. A choice He made at the very moment He first imagined of creating you.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing to love me. I know I don’t deserve it. I rejoice that because of Your choice You worked in Christ to make me right before You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Rest assured: Before God, the righteousness of Christ is all we need; before God, the righteousness of Christ is all we have. — Tullian Tchividjian

 

Quote of the Day

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. — Confucius

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July 22, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3:8


Philippians 3:8

I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him…

 

Thought for Today

This is no empty platitude for Paul. Paul had everything a young Jewish man could want in his day. He was from a well-to-do family. He was the best student of the most sought after teacher in all of Israel. He was among the best Pharisees of his day and was on the fast track for a future position on the Sanhedrin, the ruling counsel over the people of Israel. When he says he was willing to lose everything for the sake of Christ, he meant it. He left a life of privilege, wealth, and power to become an itinerant preacher, with no visible means of support, planting churches around the world in the name of Jesus. What a powerful witness! His testimony was as much about what he was willing to give up as what he gained in Christ (more on this later). If someone asked you what you have sacrificed, or counted loss, for the sake of Christ, what would you tell them? I don’t ask this so you can prove your faith through sacrifice, but rather to recognize what a powerful witness this is to others. What you have given up you have deemed of lesser values than that which you have gained in Christ. This can be eye opening to those who do not yet know Christ.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge all that You have given up for me and know that my sacrifices for you are meager by comparison. Therefore, use my sacrifices powerfully to point others to the richness of what I have gained in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

All that men will serve God with must be done in faith, that is, in the Spirit. It is the Spirit that makes the work perfect and acceptable in the sight of God. All that a man undertakes and does in faith, he does in the Spirit of God, which Spirit of God does co-operate in the work, and then it is acceptable to God. —Jakob Bohme

 

Quote of the Day

Less is only more where more is no good. — Frank Lloyd Wright

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