Monday, January 28, 2013


I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.  Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Philippians 3:14-16

Paul says he “presses on” toward the goal to win the prize in Heaven to which God has called him.  He says we all should have this kind of attitude to press on.  Don’t fall back.  Move to the next level of commitment.  Keep learning because much is to be learned.  Keep growing because we need to keep maturing.  Lean forward, press ahead, and move yourself forward in understanding God’s truth and in spiritual/emotional maturity.  This is what God calls us to. 

The key is to “press on.”  The original Greek word for “press on” means to pursue.  It’s a metaphor from running a race.  The idea is to speed on earnestly, to pick up the pace.  It’s a race against time and our enemies.  It’s a race for accomplishing your God-given purpose, your calling.

Paul says, Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.  I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (Mes). 

Do what’s necessary to run the race in a way that overcomes the enemy and his forces and in such a way that it achieves the goals for what God has called you to do.  Give it everything you’ve got!

Monday, January 21, 2013


Jesus said, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.”   Matthew 9:29 (NAS)

“The first and most basic habit of a highly effective person in any environment is the habit of proactivity.” – Stephen Covey

Stretch with challenges.  Like a rubber band, you become useful when you’re stretched.  What will you do this week to stretch your faith?  What will you do this week to deepen your belief in God’s love for you?  What will you do this week to become more effective in your serving of others?  What steps will you take to trust God more this week?  What do you anticipate from God this week?  “It will be done to you according to your faith.”