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  • Press On Nails!

    1 posts, 1 voices, 700 views, started Jun 5, 2010

    Posted on Saturday, June 5, 2010 by Denise Richardson

    • Diamond

      It's too soon to get weary. Sure there is a challenge ahead; there have been trials before; the road has been difficult and the journey has been long. But if you don't continue the race; if you don't finish the course; you miss your purpose and you lose your focus.

      Paul said "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. 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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12-14 NIV

      Paul said that he hasn't gotten it all together yet; he is not perfected yet; he has not made it yet.... But he PRESSES (pushes; forces; uses pressure and is insistent on), to take hold of that which Jesus took hold of him. He didn't say it was easy; he said he forces his way. Paul goes on to say that he forgets what's behind and PRESSES toward the goal to win.... He forces his way forward; not looking back. He pushes forward, against the odds; against the trials; against the pain; against the opposition. He is focused and determined; he is fixed and persuaded.

      Jesus Himself, while in the garden, was praying and in agony; He knew what was ahead of Him; He knew the cross was His mission and the pain was necessary. His flesh didn't want to do it; but He didn't quit. His flesh was crying out; but He didn't walk away. Sure He was 100% God; but He was also 100% man. The man in Him could have walked away; but He pressed for the cross; He pressed for the nails. He pressed because this was the mission that would get Him to His final destination.

      His flesh didn't want to be nailed and hung on the cross; but His love for you made Him press on and do it; His faithfulness to God made Him press on and do it.

      I know you may not feel like carrying your cross today; you may not fell like being nailed up today; your flesh may not want to press through the pain today... But you must press on. You must press through; you must press forward. We may suffer through some things, but it does not compare to what our Savior pressed through; It does not compare to the nails in His flesh; the beatings that He took; the humiliation that He endured. Our sufferings do not compare to the glory we will experience; the future that we have; the everlasting life that we can have.

      So don't quit! Press on to your cross; press on to your nails; press on to your mission; press on to your purpose. Keep your eyes on Christ; your mind on the Word; and your ears attentive to God's voice. You can do it....just press on!

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