Sunday, August 14, 2016

One Thing I Do

Philippians 3:12-16
Do you have a spiritual goal for your life? Is your spiritual journey more of a wandering experience than a purposed direction? Paul reduced the purpose of his life to a few short phrases. Our lives can also be radically changed by stating with Paul, “…but one thing I do:”
Establishing priorities is essential in moving forward in life.
The need for change is evidenced by our weaknesses.  v.12
When you gave your life to Christ, He took it and now longs to
make it what He desires it to be.
Our lives can be radically changed by...

I. Forgetting what lies behind v.13b

A. To avoid spiritual pride

The past is a rudder, not an anchor. It guides rather than holding back progress.

B. To avoid spiritual complacency

God is not so concerned with where you have been or what you have done as He is where you ARE, what you are DOING and where you are GOING.  He is a God of the PRESENT.
Two major problems in Christian perseverance:
1.     Discouragement leading to Defeat
They are called "skeletons in your closet" because they are dead and need to be buried.
2.     Overestimation leading to Complacency
It is hard to move forward when you feel like you have already

II. Pressing forward to what lies ahead v.13c

A. To receive more from God than we've received

B. To discover purpose and fullness in life

Discipleship is aggressive, not passive.

III. Pressing on toward the goal of Christ - Likeness  v.14

A. To live in continual victory

B. To realize continued spiritual growth

These three steps are actually “one thing”...

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