Philippians 3:16-21

–              A Forward Journey has Little Time to Look Back.  What matters is not so much where we have been but…      Where He has us now and… Where He is taking us in the Future…

–               We should be:

Thankful for our Past      Content with our Present Exited about our Future Journey

–              Our Journey Continues…

Philippians 3:16                Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

–              In our Day-by-Day Walk…

  We are called to hold true to what we Know in Christ and to walk in that Truth  Honorably…

–              Stated Differently… What we Know in Christ Should not be Theory –  but should change the way we live and the way we Conduct Ourselves…

–              The Knowledge the Lord has Given us Should Guide:

–              How we Think

–              What we Value

–              What we Seek After

–              How we Live

Would those Around You Know that you Love the Lord and that the Triune God

is the Most Important Thing in Your Life?

Phil 3:17              Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

–              Paul is Saying that we Should Imitate:

–              the Priorities Paul has…  because the Grace of God is Richly Upon Paul…

–              the Dependence He has on God’s Grace because the Grace of God is Richly Upon Paul…

–              Paul is not Boasting…nor is he drawing Attention towards himself…

1 Timothy 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save?sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

–              Paul is Saying that we Should Imitate the View he holds…

–              That we are sinners, blessed by Grace, and serving in the Power of God alone…

and should be Thankful for it…

Phil 3:18,19        For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

–              Paul is not Demeaning the Lost…  He is describing the Lost and reminding us of what we would be like were it not for Grace…

Ephesians 5:8   for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

Titus 3:3a            For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy

–              without the grace of God we would be lost and in the dark in every meaningful way

Phil 3:20              But our citizenship is in heaven, and  we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

–              We are Aliens here — Our Citizenship is in Heaven…  and we should Think and Live in View of this Reality

–              We Should Treasure Heavenly & Eternal Things…  and we should live for Heavenly & Eternal Things

–              Yet, we should be Thrilled to be where He has us now… for we are here for a Purpose…

1 Peter 2:9            But you are a chosen race, a?royal?priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Psalm 16:11       You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are?pleasures?forevermore

–              We are Amazingly Blessed — Right Now, Precisely Where God has Ordained for us to be… and we will always be Blessed…

Romans 8:28     And we know that for those who love God all things work together?for good,?for?those who are called according to His purpose.

Can there be Anything Better  than being here in the Lord’s Hand, Blessed by Him in all things?

YES!

Phil 3:20,21        But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ 21 who will transform four lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

Today is Amazing…

Tomorrow will be Better…  

One day the Lord will call us  Home — and it will Be Infinitely Better still!

1 Peter 1:3            Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused?us to be?born?again?to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Praise God!!!!!

 

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