Welcome to this new month of September. As we can see, the days are passing by so quickly. We are already in September. We give God all the glory for allowing us to see this day. Not everyone woke up this morning. As long as you are among the living, give God a praise. No matter what yesterday looked like or the year has been, today’s word for the month is Press On.
In Philippians 3:13-16, Apostle Paul shared his journey with the Philippian church expressing to them about the trials he has faced in his faith walk. He states “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Takeways From This Verse:
- We cannot always comprehend what lies ahead of us but we know that God goes before us and behind us. Sometimes, we try to understand the ways of God only for us to realize that thoughts are minuscule while God’s thoughts are grand far beyond our understanding.
- Apostle Paul was aware of his past and the life he used to live. He wasn’t focused on his past but rather he learned to fix his eyes on what is yet to come. Though he couldn’t physically see God’s promises, he was aware of who he was serving (Jesus). Sometimes, we become so wired up about our past that we don’t tend to even see what God is doing in our lives. We wonder “Would God bless me after all that I have done in my past?” Does God love me? Am I worthy of his love? Why ask for forgiveness/repent when I know I am going to indulge in that same sin again? Wouldn’t that be hypocritical of me? We have this thought in our heads that we have to be clean before we come to God not realizing that the Perfect One already died for us. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. (Righteousness: Made right before God). It’s about time we get bare before God. We can’t hide away from God. He knows everything about us. We usually run away from something when we are afraid of it, upset at it or doing something that isn’t good. Let’s take a look at Genesis 3: 6-12. This was a prime example of one running away because of shame/disobedience.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
Many times, we hide and isolate ourselves because of the sin we are still entertaining. We become so comfortable living in the flesh that we miss out on God’s blessings. In times of entertainment, we are not focused on God. We want to stop live for God but many times, we turn back to our old ways. Most of the time we turn back to our old way of it’s because of familiarity. God has promised to bless us but because our gifts haven’t arrived, we rather go back to our old ways of shoplifting. We must check ourselves (our hearts) and consult with God/The Holy Spirit at all times. Majority of the time, our gifts are right before us but because we are blinded we can’t see it. Ask yourself these questions.
- What is stopping me from trusting God/ seeking him in the process?
- Why am I in a rush to receive the blessings of God?
- Am I making room in my heart to receive the blessing?
It is very critical that we check our hearts/motives. A lot of times, we miss out on God’s blessings because we either not ready to receive the blessing or we are too busy focused on other people’s blessings that we miss out on our own.
Takeaway #3: There is a prize. This prize is not found in earthly possessions but rather in heaven. We must continue to persevere. We must run the race to which we are called. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, we are reminded that in a race we must all run. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
Are you running the race to which you are called or are you too busy worrying about everyone else around you? There is nothing wrong with helping your brother or sister out so that they can also win the race but be careful of distractions. Sometimes, the enemy has a way of placing things in our lives to serve as a distraction. Identify these tactics of the enemy and lay it all down at the feet of Jesus. Do your part by being aware of these distractions. Some of these distractions can be social media, family, work, boyfriend, girlfriend and etc. The enemy distracted Adam and Eve. If he did it during those times, he is still in the business of doing that today.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you are blessed and encouraged. May God carry you and your loved ones through this month of September. Peace, love, joy and many of God’s blessings to you all. Time next time, peace 🙂