Pressing in 2013

1 01 2013

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:13 

IMG_0136Many of us felt the weights of the experiences of the last year -grief, discord, and even disappointment. We seemed to be moving at a marathon pace of occurrences that weighed heavy on our hearts. We are so thankful to be in the hands of our Savior, who continues to sustain us through things that are hard to bear and understand. The Holy Spirit’s blessing of comfort, peace and resiliency surrounds us even in the most difficult time. It is a time of faith and trusting, even as we look to a new year.

I love the opportunity and mercy that comes with a new day. It represents a turned page, a fresh slate for even a new year. The Bible says we are granted new mercies each morning. I believe that mercy comes with a revival of spirit and a chance to move forward. We are called in this New Year to continue to press toward the Savior. A fitting definition of press is to exert a steady force. A God’s Children we want to continue to move steadily toward His will, His ways and His direction for our lives. The enemy would have us to be weighted down with the things of the past becoming immobile or taking dangerous detours. But despite his devices, we are looking forward with promise of our calling in Jesus. This first day of the year, we can remove the luggage of sin, lack of forgiveness, misunderstanding so that we can become free to move with our full force in our walk with the Lord. Today – through prayer and the Holy Spirit’s leading we can ask for deliverance and guidance on achieving release of things that would bind us. It’s time to focus and press toward Him and what He is calling us to do in our lives.

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back. Philippians 4:12-14 Msg



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