Pastor Ralph Byma
“Reflection” – Pressing On
Philippians 3:7-14 NIV
7 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[a] 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.
Paul was in prison and in chains. Yet he wrote one of the most encouraging books of the bible from his prison cell awaking his trial and possible death. His future at best, was uncertain. Yet he wrote this truth in
We are encouraged that even in the worst of times when we hit ‘the wall’ so to speak and have no clue as what to do, Jesus is in the journey with us…every step of the way. Remember that God is faithful and will finish in us what He has started. He will never leave us or forsake us.
Hell doesn’t have enough devils to control your destiny. And you, me, we, don’t have enough enemies from keeping God’s purposes for our lives from being fulfilled. God will finish in this church and in us, what He has started. God’s purpose for you is greater than your greatest fear or your greatest failure.
We are confident in this – Philippians 1:6 ” that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”