Press on


Twenty-sixteen was a challenging year for many, including myself. But I will not dwell on the past. Instead, my mindset will be like that of the beloved apostle Paul, when he declared. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Like Paul, I compare the Christian life to a race; a marathon. You never know what’s coming up next. Some days it’s like a piece of cake, other days the obstacles are more than you can handle. And as long as you continue to press on you will never be comfortable. The enemy is your competitor, and he is much smarter and trickier than you are.

Some Christians will tell you that their troubles ended when they accepted Christ. But that’s so contrary to what Jesus and the apostles taught us. As Christians, we are vulnerable to the schemes of the enemy, and we will fail sometimes, but we must not quit. If anything, we must continue to press on toward the goal to win the prize.

So, my friends, as we usher in the new year, let’s not become complacent, conceited or self-righteous. Rather, let us be humble at heart as the beloved apostle was when he wrote. “Brothers and sisters, I don’t consider that I have taken hold of it yet, (the prize). But here is the one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me. So, I push myself forward toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself.” (Philippians 3:13-14).

Happy New Year!

 

2 comments

  1. And remember Galatians 5:1 and Luke 9:62. Those are my two verses I am hanging on to and believing in Jesus name for this new year.
    Happy New Year brother of mine. May the year fill your family with blessings and real overcoming abilities in Jesus name.
    Sister Shelia

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    1. Thank you so much, Shelia. Indeed, the two Scripture you cited are powerful ones I could have used in my post. Looking back or falling back into old ways are not acceptable. Which is why it so important that we continue to press on. Happy New Year to you and your family as well, my friend. May God continue to shield you in the hollow palm of His hands where harm and danger cannot find you. God bless.

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