“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.”
Hello everyone! I am so happy to have you with me today, on Sunday Inspiration! I pray that as you read this God inspired writing; that you will truly find a connection with God that will help you to keep pressing on!
Today, I may be talking with someone, who is at the end of their rope. Maybe you just can’t take one more thing or maybe you’re so overwhelmed by what you’ve been going through; that you just can’t find the strength to take one more step forward.
I remember a time, when I stood before the mirror in my bathroom and said to God… “I can’t make it anymore.” His reply within my spirit was this… “Diane, you are making it. You are breathing…you are standing before me…you are talking with me…you are already making it.” As I felt His loving words within my spirit, I began to realize that I was making it. Maybe I wasn’t making it, in the way that I thought I should; but I was making it.
How many of us have been so broken; that we can barely find the strength to breathe our next breath…let alone take one more step and attempt to press on? It seems so easy for others to say…just move on; but to be honest…it’s not always that easy. One thing that helped me, through the very trying moments of my past, was to know that if I could take one step…or do one thing; then that would become a glimpse of hope; that would eventually allow the sunshine of God’s presence to lighten up this darkened path.
In our reading today, Paul is encouraging us to press on. He knew that he hadn’t quite learned everything in life; but one thing he did know and that was to not focus on what had happened; but to put all his energy into moving forward. Paul had a goal and that goal was to win the prize, for overcoming all of life’s struggles. He knew that if he could only keep his thoughts focused on that prize; then he would win life eternal in the end.
In Matthew 24:13, we read… “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” You know…Jesus never said that life would be easy but He did make a promise to us; that He would be with us until the very end. These trials that we face can be filled with tempting words; that attempt to sway us off into another direction…a direction that can take us away from the presence of God. Once we begin to believe these words; that is when Satan steps in and attempts to lead us over the cliff to total destruction.
Today, we need to get our focus away from the moments that Satan is attempting to use against us and instead, focus on the prize. When a person runs a race…they face obstacles but they know that with great strength, they can overcome and leap above those obstacles. Part of that strength comes, from focusing on the prize. In a similar way, when we run the race of life, we too face obstacles but when we have our sight focused on the prize that awaits us; then with God’s strength, we can overcome these obstacles and in the end…win the prize that will free from these difficult times, for all of eternity.
Blessings on your Sunday!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."