The Realities of Following God Forward
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 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 on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
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This morning, I woke up hearing the song Moving Forward by Israel Houghton. Feel free to listen as you read on today…
BlogFam, This song is such an encouragement to those of us who desire to move forward and to those of us who have already taken steps to move forward. It truly is an act of faith to take any step forward when all you have is a word from the Lord. Sometimes, we are not privileged to logical, rational explanations when it comes to our walk with God. Sometimes, we are given one simple instruction and that one instruction can make all the difference. Sometimes we are not even sure that it was God speaking but deep inside we know what we sense is supernatural. I have certainly been in all of those scenarios I have mentioned and the most and the best I can tell you is to KEEP THE FAITH and FOLLOW GOD!
I love our verses for today. This sharing of Paul’s testimony in Philippians 3 reminds us all that on this journey, when we do obey the word of the Lord over our lives, we are taking one step forward to getting to know Him better. As we surrender our lives to Christ, as He, indeed makes all things new, we grow to understand that all that we may have been able to accomplish in our past – the good and bad – is nothing when compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ. In fact, Paul considers all things garbage – or dung, in other versions.
What would you consider your highest and best success so far in your life? Name it. Picture it. And then consider it GARBAGE! Paul says, all of what we have accomplished is garbage because our highest and best “success” is our faithfulness to the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This means, being found in Christ and being made righteous by God through Him.
Friends, during this season, I believe this is a time for all of us to be groomed by God so that we can indeed MOVE FORWARD. To GROOM means to tend carefully, to clean, to prepare for position, to tend by removing dirt, parasites, or specks of other matter. Are you willing to surrender yourself to being groomed by God?
In the process of grooming, we grow in our knowledge of Christ – the power of His resurrection AND participation in His sufferings. Nobody ever said this journey would be easy but I just believe it will be worth it. BlogFam, we must stay focused on the higher purpose of this season which is to KNOW CHRIST. Now, that is truly the purpose of this season of fasting. As we deny ourselves certain food or activities or as we prayerfully incorporate healthier habits for our mind, body, or spirit, we will grow in our knowledge of Christ and as we grow in our knowledge of Christ we are being groomed to fulfill the will of God in this earth.
My sistas and brothas, we are being tended to carefully in this season by God. We are being made clean from the inside out so that the Light of Christ can shine through us without refraction. We are being prepared so that we can be in a position to serve God at our highest and best capacity utilizing the gifts that he placed in us from birth. In this season, God is grooming us by removing the dirt, the parasites, and specks of anything that would hinder our witness in the Kingdom of God. So, YES, we can all expect to be changed at the end of this 40 days. YES, we can expect to be different. YES, we can expect to be in a different place from where we began.
BlogFam, PLEASE do not be intimidated by this process and do not intentionally discourage this process from taking place in others. This is the reality of following God forward. Thus, we must surrender to the process of grooming one word, one instruction, one step at a time and TRUST that through it all, we are becoming like Christ in His death and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. We must TRUST that through it all, somehow, we are MOVING FORWARD.
Friends, I am praying for you and with you on today. I am praying that as you face the realities of following God forward, as you surrender yourself to being groomed by God during Lent, I pray that you would quickly begin to see how God is making you new. I pray that you would know Christ in the power of His resurrection and participation of His sufferings for the sole purpose of becoming more like Him. My sistas and brothas, I am praying for you for I am also being groomed day by day, and the most and the best I can tell you is to KEEP THE FAITH and FOLLOW GOD! AND for the sake of the Kingdom – Do NOT look back! Keep MOVING FORWARD!
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