WEDNESDAY WORD by @ColorByStyle // Press

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Crist Jesus first possessed me. No, Dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NLT
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So what exactly is Paul saying? Here’s the way it can be perceived:

“I get it, you’ve accomplished some things, or well for others of you you’ve been through some things. Cool. I understand but I’m looking forward, pressing on, working towards, striving for, reaching out earnestly to become something much more valuable or worthy of my attention and praise. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I have that ‘thing’ yet but I’m not letting myself get caught up in whatever has happened before. I’m focusing on what’s ahead. I am not just looking forward to any particular goal but that which GOD through CHRIST JESUS Himself is making possible for me to achieve.”

Does that make it clear? Look I understand we all have been through some things. Each of us on our journeys have walked through crap, climbed up certain hills, met certain people, achieved certain things…good and bad, and the reality is we all have history. It’s history though. It can inform aspects of the present and provide context but it is still the past. Too many of us provide history opportunities to be present (yep, think on that).

​God spoke through Paul to you and me. He made sure to remind us that the only thing that matters is the prize before us. What is your prize? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it temporal and therefore extinguishable and without meaningful value? Because if it is those things then I can tell you now, it’s not really worth it. Those things will vanish with time but you know what won’t? Eternity. That prize that Paul speaks of, what God wants to give to each of us through Christ Jesus is eternity. Eternity is a future worth focusing on. When you place eternity in your crosshairs and make it your singular focus a lot of other things are placed in perspective: people, places, jobs, money, and I even dare say relationships. Don’t get me wrong, the past has significance in each of our lives.  But how much value are you going to place in things that cannot be changed? Focus on Christ, keep the Cross before you, look ahead and push on, fight hard, and look square at that prize laid before you by God himself.

@ColorByStyle

Love and God Bless,

– T

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WEDNESDAY WORD by @ColorByStyle // Seek Ye First

“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Matthew 6: 33, (NLT)  Source

I have been known to use the phrase, “Let’s keep it funky”, which is translated to “let us be as honest with ourselves as possible”. Too often we allow our focus to be shifted from heavenly pursuits and endeavors to all other manner of evil. The press of the world is forever around us and we are bombarded on a daily basis with responsibilities and realities that remind us in so many ways that we need more. For those of us that fell into the American trap of college (I say that tongue in cheek), the moment you graduated, if you weren’t fortunate to have a job already lined up or didn’t have to take any loans, you heard that six month clock begin ticking. Somewhere floating in the financial sky was the iconic ACME anvil of debt and despair. How can anyone focus on spiritual growth when financial debt, among many other things, seemed so imminent? Let’s not forget the desires of our hearts, the women or men, the cars, the clothes, the sales, and desire for fame and prestige. All these things can seem a lot more tangible then the kingdom of God.

Well the scripture has very practical teachings about possessions and money found in the book of Matthew Chapter 6 which I encourage you to read at your leisure. If we look to media, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, what we see are people desiring more because the immediate vanishes and withers away. Even fame only last as long as the memories of those perceiving it. Christ says in Matthew 6:19 not to store your treasures (things and crap) here on earth because they will eventually be lost to the inevitability of time. He continues to state in verse 21 that where we store our things is where the desires of our hearts will be focused. Christ desires to give us His children all that we need and desire. In fact He says so in the scripture. He plainly states that if none of the natural things of this world worry or show concern about where there nourishment and sustenance will come from, then why should we?

If we pursue Christ and the kingdom, if we seek His face through constant communion and prayer He will grant us all that we need. The thing is for most of us we allow ourselves to be caught up in the flow of the world instead of standing in the peaceful meadow of Christ’s calm assurance. Why not take a chance on faith, trust in the Lord and see what he will provide. Seek the Kingdom first.

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Love and God Bless,

– T

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