Thursday, March 10, 2016


Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 3:12-14)
Paul seemed to realize that he could not do everything. He could not reach everybody, everywhere, all the time, so he concentrated his effort. He focused in on "one thing." The one thing that he could do well, he would do. He maximized his results through a concentrated effort.
  • Strategy Number 4: Focus on the future.  This one thing I do... and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
If the enemy cannot discourage us from our God-given assignment, he will try to overload us.  Many times the enemy’s most effective weapon against servants of God is busyness.  Trying to do too many things will rob us of our effectiveness. We must give ourselves to the one thing we are called to do.  Overloaded hands are ineffective hands.
Paul clearly understood his call, and he gave himself to one thing, preaching the Gospel of the Lord Christ. He preached Jesus and Him crucified. He preached to the Gentiles and in places where the gospel had not been preached. He had one goal, one purpose, and one desire, “that I may win Christ.”
Paul uses some very strong words in this text, “Reaching forth” and pressing towards”. The phrase, reaching forward”, means straining towards the goal, leaping over obstacles, breaking down barriers and doing whatever else is needed to overcome.
  • The literal idea is the picture of a man climbing up a ladder, standing on the top rung, and even getting up on the tips of his toes in order to accomplish his goal.
  • The word “press” means to act on with a steady force, to push against; to push close together; to squeeze out, to remove wrinkles; to keep moving forward; to keep on asking and urging.
Paul uses these strong words because he wants us to understand what it takes to be successful in this Christian race. There is a price to pay in pursuit of excellence. Many may not be willing to pay the price, but this is central to a powerful strategy of success. This is probably not for everyone. It is only for those who are willing to strain forward, leap over obstacles, break down barriers, act with steady force, push against and keep moving forward.
Those willing to exert concentrated effort in the pursuit of excellence in reaching their God-given tasks will have great success.  Stop and pray asking God to give you strength to persevere and wisdom to choose what to spend your time on.  Be aware of Satan’s wish for you to be overscheduled and distracted with too many irons in the fire.  Learn to say NO and to listen to God’s voice as He leads.

Scripture to Claim:

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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