Pressing On: Only Our Next Step Really Matters

1 Chronicles 29:14 ‘But who am I?…For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. Today I am in a new place and as I was searching for something to write I came across this post from my own blog written on July 29, 2011. I decided it was a good way to begin yet another renewal in my life. No more forgetting who I am. No more waiting for other people to get them selves together, only living my life through the eyes of Christ, like it is gold, precious and yet moldable only by the skillful hands of God and building my life on his promises alone.

Forgetting Our Heritage (29 Jul 2012)

It’s not only when things in life go wrong do we quickly forget who we are, but also when things are going exceptionally well. We can just as easily lose confidence in our selves as quickly as we can become full of arrogance. Both extremes have the tendency to instigate storms. When our spirit is low the enemy attacks. When our spirit is high the enemy attacks. The balance (peace) will come when we begin to trust God’s presence in our life and give him praise regardless of our circumstance as Paul so eloquently encouraged in Philippians 3 and 4. We don’t have to blame our selves for the low times, nor give an explanation for our high times. In either situation we have only to give God the glory, remember that we are heirs to the promise of salvation and redemption as believers in Christ, and strive towards the peace of God, which passes all understanding. If we say we believe, only our next step really matters.

Philippians 3: 13-14 Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Always Looking Up To God

These past couple of weeks I’ve been reading 2 Samuel in which we find the life events of King David. Most recently the event of David and Bathsheba has my attention in that it gives a most tragic example of the depth of the human will turned away from the presence of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps our cycle of transgressions doesn’t reach such an epic proportion as adultery followed by deceit and compounded by murder, nonetheless we are all guilty of making poor decisions and compounding them with even poorer choices. We forget that we are spiritual beings living a human experience. When this happens the power of the spirit of God doesn’t leave us, we just cause it to become ineffective because we are focused on the physical and not the spiritual.

We are without a doubt on a spiritual journey that will continually encounter physical forces, which will challenge our relationship with one another and our relationship with God. Most times we will triumph over the challenge. Occasionally we will fail. Other times we will panic, but the heart that seeks after God will always prevail. David’s story is a reminder that even the anointed can become the antagonist in one’s own life. We may be chosen but we are not immune to the ways of the world, so let your house be guided by the spirit of compassion, understanding and most of all love. Above all remember that no matter how high we get, we should always be looking up to God.