Aug 18, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 11 | Philippians 3

30 for 30 Day 11 | Philippians 3

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on Philippians 3

No Confidence in the Flesh

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!  It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.  2 Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.  3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh-4  though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:  5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the , a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.

7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, 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 Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing on Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  13 Brothers, 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.

15 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.  16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.  17 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.  18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is their shame.  Their mind is on earthly things.  20  But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

 

Questions:

Is there a Lesson to be learned?

Before I get to the lesson, I have to let you know that a part of verse 13 really jumped out at me.  “But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”.  The evil one is very good at reminding me of my failures.  Just yesterday, out of the blue I was overcome with negative feelings about this website.   Feelings like, “Who do you think you are writing about scripture, weren’t you the same person that did x, y, and z? ”  and “You are not good enough!”.  Very Very negative feelings.  I reminded myself that I am good enough and God has forgiven me, and negative feelings left me.  This verse, just felt like God speaking to me to “Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me.”

Now that I got that off my chest, let’s discuss the lesson.  In verses 6, Paul describes what he did in his past life, ” a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless”  In verse 7, he comes to the realization that all that profited himself was a loss for the sake of Christ.  All things he was proud of he now regrets and regards as rubbish.  He lost all earthly things for the sake of Christ because he knew that glory and peace comes with surrendering himself.

Is there Sin to confess?

I am guilty of pursing selfish interests, interests that only were concerned with filling my own stomach (money, greed, earthly success).

Are there any New Thoughts about God?

 God has forgiven me for my past, he only wants me to plow forward strengthening a relationship with Him.  He also wants me to forsake my earthly desires and to focus my energy to bring Him glory.


 

Would love to hear your thoughts, post a comment!!!

  1. We all fall short of the Glory of God every single day. We can either choose to let Satan get a foothold and make us unable and unwilling to move forward because we're not "good enough" or we can take hold of what Christ has offered us and repent, learn from our failings and leave past mistakes behind us (even if they were just yesterday). We can't allow our failures to make us feel defeated. A defeated Christian is a complacent and unaffective one (I know, I've been one). I pray that we all remember who we are in Christ, "only let us live up to what we have already attained."

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