Over the years I have struggled to press forward, to becoming who God created me to be. I allowed situations, words of people and even fear to bring me backward. To be able to move and improve as I have now learnt we have to look to Jesus Christ our Lord who is the author and the finisher of our faith as the word of God says. (Hebrews 12:2) If we look at ourselves we become weary, but if we fix our eyes on Jesus who for our sakes took all the insults and all the pain. We see that we have not even suffered that much , Christ suffered for us even unto death at the cross for us.
Now, pressing towards as Paul says in Philippians 3:12, should be because you want to take hold of that which Jesus Christ took hold for you. There are three steps that we are going to expand on as God revealed to me in answer to “How”? 1) Forgetting what is behind. I can truly testify that as long as you hold on to the past you can not move forward. As long as I held on to the words of people who had told me I was ugly I could not see the beauty. The Israelites could not cross over as long as they looked back at what they had in Egypt. Don’t let the past have power over your life. It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come! So why would you hang onto old baggage, let it go, forget and take a step forward. 2) Straining towards what is ahead. Now straining in itself doesn’t sound like an easy process. It is actually defined as an act of force and exerting unusual effort. Now friends we have to put in the effort and God will give us the grace and the power. We have to strain past how we feel, past the pain, offense or anything that hinders us from continuing our walk in Jesus Christ our Lord. I remember days when I would cry confessing the word of God. See the devil had lied to me so deeply that to undo those lies I had to strain using the word of God confessing that I can do all things through Christ and that I am loved by God. Take a leap of faith and strain towards what is ahead.
3) Press towards the goal to win the prize. Now once you are past the straining stage you know what is right, you know what you are fighting for and why it is of great importance that you move forward and improve. You then press on to those goals that you desire to attain. It is the art of continuation and consistency that make up pressing on. Whatever it is that you are called by God to do, if it is giving, serving or encouraging, keep at it, press on no matter how hard it gets.There is a prize waiting for us , a crown of glory, the eternal life that Jesus Christ gave us. Paul went through hardships yet he still pressed on as he wanted to take hold of that which Jesus Christ took hold for us.
Dear ones the calling we have as children of the Living God is heavenward, it is not downwards nor is it backwards. We are of heaven,we press forward. I get tested on every word I am given. Everyday I have to work on these steps too as I work on my salvation. Hoping that this encourages someone, I know I needed it too.
Forever a child of God
In his service