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A New Year's Reflection - Don Spooner
Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Another year has passed (2000) and we are another year closer to eternity. Most of us will take note of what we have accomplished and where we have failed. We will all be able to agree with the apostle Paul that we haven't totally arrived, but we are going to keep striving for our eternal reward. Paul said he was forgetting those things which were behind, I can think of several for starters :
Past sin and failure - We know that Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He is quick to remind us of our sin, but he will never tell you of God's forgiveness. God said he would put our sins into a sea of forgetfulness to be remembered no more. ( Heb.8:2, 10:27; Isa. 43;25, Micah 7:19) If God forgets, why don't we?There are several things to look forward to:
The return of the Lord Jesus - Jesus said that the world would be going about business as usual when He returned, unaware that anything had happened until after the fact. He used the days of Noah and Lot as an example in Luke 17. We don't hear much being said about His return, even from our present day Spirit filled churches and ministries, but that doesn't change the facts of God's word. His Word says that He will return when we don't expect Him. He will exercise judgement and vengeance at that time. I've been washed in His blood and filled with His Spirit and I'm looking forward to His return ( Mt. 24; II Thes. 1:6-10; Titus 2:13; Rev. 4:11, 5:9).Pressing towards the mark denotes struggle, such as:
Resisting evil in all forms - We are fighting a spiritual battle against hell. We have the ability to spot that which is contrary to God's principals. Whether it be a godless media or self serving politicians who have sold their soul to the devil, we know evil when we see it, and we should do our best to oppose it (Eph. 6:12).I look forward to an exciting 2001 in Christ Jesus and I'm sure you do too.
Hebrews 12; 1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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