Hitting the Mark
Fully Submitted to Christ as Lord – Part 7
Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:10-14
Key Verse: Philippians 3:10
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death
As we continue looking at Philippians 3:12, one of my favorite verses about the Apostle Paul, I want you to note that it is more than a confession of failure. Paul goes on to tell us that he got up every day with a fresh determination to get to perfection: “but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Here is the secret to growing more like Jesus every single day, never give yourself permission to fail. We understand that we will fail at times, but we keep striving for perfection.
Why should we take this attitude? The reason springs from the promises of God. It is God who tells us that we have the strength to do all things (Philippians 4:13). It is God who reminds us that He “will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear” (1 Corinthians 10:13). So, if God is strengthening us and protecting us from anything that is more than we can handle, what excuse do we have for failure? Our excuse can only truly be that we don’t take advantage of His promises in our daily life; thus we fail. God is merciful and slowing helps us “walk in the Spirit” and learn to get stronger and stronger. One of the most important steps we must take is to stop giving ourselves permission to fail. In other words, when we say things like: “everyone fails, no big deal” or “God knows I’m weak, everyone sins every day,” we are giving ourselves permission to fail. When we blow it, we ought to say: “God, I blew it and I want you to forgive me…I know I didn’t have to cave, I simply chose to!” That statement puts the failure on us, where it belongs. It recognizes God’s provisions for our victory, if we would simply take advantage of those promises!
Father, I give myself fully to you! I will strive for perfection and praise you for new mercies each morning. In Jesus’ Name, amen.