“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me upward in Christ.” Philippians 3:12-13
A brief recap of the previous discussions on moving forward: we started by acknowledging the truth of where we were and deciding where we want to go. (John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”).We also took responsibility for our lives, because we discovered that we are the decision makers in our lives. We decide whether we are going to continue to give life to negativity. Additionally, we discussed some common ways we sabotage our journey. We defined sabotage as to undermine, counteract, weaken, destroy or hinder normal operations, and we realized that most times we were the saboteur. We discussed how blaming and complaining about others cause us to take our eyes off the prize. (Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”). We also discussed sabotage through language – what we say; our words. (Proverbs 6:2, “You have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.”).
We are already moving forward! And, as we continue to push forward, we must do it with boldness. Boldness is defined as showing fearlessness. To move forward fearlessly, we must have a clear image of who we are in Christ Jesus, and what has been given to us through His grace. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). We have been given “perfect love” that casts out fear. (“There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18). We know that “God is love.” (1 John 4:16). He is that perfect love. When we trust (rely on, depend on) His love, we can move past fear.
We have a protector whose eyes are always on us and He is ready and willing to help us. (“He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will neither slumber or sleep.” Psalm 121:3). (“The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8). The Lord has promised us that “I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down or relax My hold on you.” (Hebrews 13:5). Believe Him. Trust Him. Move forward with the confidence of knowing that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” us. (Philippians 4:13).
Boldness is synonymous with confidence. Confidence comes from trusting God. Trusting God comes from having faith in Him. Faith comes from hearing/believing the Word of God. Word up and keep moving forward!
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