“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Phil 3:12 (ESV)
Speaking From Experience
The Apostle Paul knew what he was talking about when he said the words above, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Phil 3:12 (ESV)
That’s my heart’s cry. I know I have not obtained all of the freedom and spiritual health Christ has secured on my behalf. I know I am in no way, shape, or form, perfected in Him. However, I choose to “press on.”
I love Webster’s definition of, “to press on;” to continue moving forward in a forceful or steady way. Brave Enough to Change has definitely taught me to move forward forcefully using all of the spiritual resources given me by the Spirit to keep the enemy firmly planted (in Christ) on my feet. That the lies that at one time controlled my emotional responses to events, relationships, God, etc., no longer have a hold on me because I forcefully remind the enemy of the Truth, freedom, and spiritual health in Christ I have obtained.
To move forward in a steady way is to, daily, stay close to the Lord, to listen to the Spirit, and obey even when it’s inconvenient for me personally. And to worship God through all I say and do so I might bring God glory. Perfect, no. Steady, YES!
The best part of Paul’s words come at the end of this verse “because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”I pause and sit on these words, I hope you do too. Let’s allow the full meaning of these words to permeate our hearts, our minds, and our souls.
As tears fill my eyes at the thought that Jesus has made me HIS OWN, I feel the deepest need in my life met; I am seen and I am loved for who I am! Nothing more is required of me, nothing less is needed. You are enough. You are loved and nothing more, or less, is required of you.
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