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Press On

Read Philippians 3:12-21

This past year, I went through a time of confusion. I was confused with God, and what His plan was for my life. I felt alone, tired, and unable to hear God’s voice. I was wanting God to act upon a certain situation in my life, but instead I felt He had abandoned me.

Have you ever felt this way? 

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God does not abandon us.



During this time, it seemed like I kept hearing this song Press On, by Building 429. Then, looking through my journal one day, I noticed I had written down Philippians 3:14

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

 There is a line in the song that says, “when I still don’t get it, I press on.” There will be times in life when we won’t understand, but we are still called to live each day by faith. Often in the times of silence or confusion, God is asking us to simply trust Him. For me, pressing on meant trusting that God was still present in my life, that He is in control of every situation, and that His plan for me is good. tumblr_mezt1h4jL21qhmhdfo1_500

I am also encouraged by the end of Philippians 3, as Paul gives us even more reason to press on. He reminds believers that “we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”

Life is hard, but this world is not the end. If we have put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are secured an eternity in heaven, where all is restored. You and I can press on because of this hope, and we can live each day in confidence of our Lord.


In what situation in your life is God calling you to press on and trust Him? Take some time and journal any thoughts or fears you have. 


Read: Philippians 3:1-11

What Paul is saying in this passage goes against human nature, against the way the world runs things. In our world we are told that the harder we work, the more we will succeed. We are pushed to test our limits, our strength, and our efforts, because that is what gets us places. Your future depends on you, your will-power, your talents, your drive.

Our world has changed immensely since Paul was writing this letter, but human nature is the same. Paul was addressing those who thought they could earn salvation by an outward action. In their case it was being circumcised, or following the law. In our case it might be going to church, giving to charity, or being a good person (not sinning a lot). However, Paul clearly says, “We put no confidence in human effort…” checklist

In fact, after listing off all his human efforts to earn right standing with God, Paul explains the gospel.

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.” ~Philippians 3:8-9

We cannot save ourselves. Any human effort to be made righteous will fall short, because “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Our only hope is in Jesus, in what HE HAS DONE FOR US. His blood shed on the cross made a way for us to be saved. Our only action is to believe that this is enough, that Jesus is all we need. We must put our faith in Jesus Christ, simply but wholly.


Do you struggle with trying to earn your salvation? Are you just “doing religion” or are you seeking an active relationship with Christ? 

I challenge you to re-read the passage from today, and then spend just five minutes waiting on the Lord. 

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Read Philippians 1:27-30 In this first chapter of Philippians, Paul has been talking about the importance of the gospel. He says that nothing, even life or death, should keep the truth of Christ from being shared. Sharing the gospel is more than telling someone you are a Christian, more than a status on Facebook, moreContinue Reading

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Things hanging on the walls, thousands of square feet, a fenced in backyard? Or is it more than that; a sense of belonging, safety and warmth.

Maybe home isn’t something we come to but something we bring with us. Join me as we explore the idea of home while looking at the life of Abraham in a 6 part series.

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