♥ May I discover new and wonderful things in your Word (Psalm 119:18).
♥ May I listen more closely to Your voice (Proverbs 8:32-34).
♥ May I forget what is behind and focus on what is ahead (Philippians 3:13-14).
♥ May I realize that Your love is greater than my mind can comprehend (Ephesians 3:17-19).
♥ May I experience Your peace that is beyond my understanding (Philippians 4:6-7).
♥ May I trust You and not myself (Proverbs 3:5-6).
♥ May my heart be more transformed by Your truth and less conformed to the world (Romans 12:1-2).
♥ May I forgive all who offend me (Colossians 3:13).
♥ May I readily confess my sins to You (1 John 1:9-10).
♥ May I confess my sins without excuse to those I've offended (James 5:16).
♥ May I see Your purposes each day, each minute (Ephesians 2:10).
♥ May I give You my all (Philippians 3:7-14). Amen!
Let God speak to your purposes, values, motives, and life goals through this passage written by the Apostle Paul. There are questions below the passage.
Philippians 3:7-14: But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 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. 13 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.
v. 7-8: Paul gave up a respected form of religion, prestige, power, and approval. Below he describes his new life in Christ:
I encourage you to read all of 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:10, but v.10 sums it up: for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Have you given up anything because you are a Christian? Are there other things you think God is asking you to give up?
v. 9: What does Paul mean by a righteousness based on faith, not on the law?
Ephesians 2:8: God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
See also Galatians 2:16 and Romans 3:20.
v. 10-11: What does it mean to know Christ through participation in His suffering? Have you ever prayed for this?
Colossians 1:24: I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. (NLT)
v. 12-14: What has Paul not yet taken hold of ? How does he plan to take hold of it? How can you apply these principles to your walk with the Lord this year?
Acts 20:24: I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
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