Facing Forward
Paul did not count himself as having yet attained—
he was not yet perfect. Perfection is the great end of
t...
Facing Forward
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) 12Not that I have
already attained, or am already perfected; but I
press on, tha...
Facing Forward
Phillips Brooks wrote, "Bad will be the day
for every man when he becomes absolutely
content with the life ...
Facing Forward
Grief refuses to flee the past just because it is gone
and things have now changed. .... Consider when
we l...
Facing Forward
A Divine Discontent – Philippians 3:12-13a
 Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) Let your conduct be without
covetousness; ...
Facing Forward
A Divine Discontent – Philippians 3:12-13a
 1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV) as newborn babes, desire the
pure milk of t...
Facing Forward
A Disciplined Devotion – Philippians 3:13b
 Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to
plea...
Facing Forward
A Disciplined Devotion – Philippians 3:13b
 Psalm 27:4 (NKJV) One thing I have desired of the
Lord, That w...
Facing Forward
1 John 3:21-23 (NIV) 21Dear friends, if our
hearts do not condemn us, we have
confidence before God 22and r...
Facing Forward
A Disciplined Devotion – Philippians 3:13b
 Luke 10:42 (NKJV) But one thing is needed, and
Mary has chosen...
Facing Forward
 Disciplined Devotion requires a Decision to
actually do it
 Disciplined Devotion requires a Dedication i...
Facing Forward
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) 12Not that I have
already attained, or am already perfected; but I
press on, tha...
Facing Forward
1. A Divine Discontent
2. A Disciplined Devotion
3. A Definite Direction
4. A Diligent Determination
Facing Forward
A Definite Direction – Philippians 3:13c
 Galatians 1:13 (NKJV) For you have heard of my
former conduct in...
Facing Forward
A Definite Direction – Philippians 3:13c
 Luke 9:62 (NKJV) But Jesus said to him, ―No one, having
put his ...
Facing Forward
 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (The Message)
 Matthew 26:41 (NIV) ―Watch and pray so
that you will not fall into ...
Facing Forward
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) 12Not that I have
already attained, or am already perfected; but I
press on, tha...
Facing Forward
1. A Divine Discontent
2. A Disciplined Devotion
3. A Definite Direction
4. A Diligent Determination
Facing Forward
Follow the Leader
Lead the Follower
Diligence
 Doing things by halves is worthless. It
may be the other half that counts.
 Earnestness commands the respect ...
Diligence
 God wishes each of us to work as hard as we can,
holding nothing back but giving ourselves to the
utmost, and ...
Facing Forward
A Diligent Determination – Philippians 3:14
 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be...
Facing Forward
A Diligent Determination – Philippians 3:14
 Luke 1:38 (NKJV) Then Mary said, ―Behold the
maidservant of t...
Facing Forward
1. A Divine Discontent
2. A Disciplined Devotion
3. A Definite Direction
4. A Diligent Determination
Facing Forward
Philippians 3:12-16 (TMNT) I‘m not saying that I
have this all together, that I have it made. But I am
well...
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  1. 1. Facing Forward Paul did not count himself as having yet attained— he was not yet perfect. Perfection is the great end of the believer. God has apprehended or laid hold of the believer for one reason only: to perfect the believer—to make him perfect so that he can live and worship and serve Christ forever. Beyond doubt, Paul was one of the greatest men who has ever lived. If Paul was so short of perfection, how much further are we? The point bears repeating: no person achieves perfection on this earth. But note: Paul shows us in today‘s passage of scripture that there are four significant things that point us in the direction of perfection.
  2. 2. Facing Forward Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) 12Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
  3. 3. Facing Forward Phillips Brooks wrote, "Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely content with the life he is living, with the thoughts he is thinking, with the deeds he is doing; when there is not forever meeting at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is still the child of God."
  4. 4. Facing Forward Grief refuses to flee the past just because it is gone and things have now changed. .... Consider when we lose our innocence--when we discover that we can injure and have injured others, that the slate of our lives is not clean. Suddenly we realize that we must travel into the future carrying not just any past, but our particular past, a past that cannot be changed. Whatever freedom means, we are not free to undo this past. The freedom comes in how we relate this past to our future. We can drown ourselves in regret, lose ourselves in nostalgia, or cling to these old injuries and losses. But if we do, it is our "choice," not our destiny. John C. Raines in The Christian Century
  5. 5. Facing Forward A Divine Discontent – Philippians 3:12-13a  Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Matthew 5:6 (NKJV) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
  6. 6. Facing Forward A Divine Discontent – Philippians 3:12-13a  1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,  Psalm 42:1-2 (NKJV) 1As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. 2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
  7. 7. Facing Forward A Disciplined Devotion – Philippians 3:13b  Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Joshua 23:14 (NKJV) ―Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.  2 Peter 3:8 (NKJV) But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
  8. 8. Facing Forward A Disciplined Devotion – Philippians 3:13b  Psalm 27:4 (NKJV) One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.  Mark 10:21 (NKJV) Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ―One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.‖
  9. 9. Facing Forward 1 John 3:21-23 (NIV) 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
  10. 10. Facing Forward A Disciplined Devotion – Philippians 3:13b  Luke 10:42 (NKJV) But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.‖  John 9:25 (NKJV) He answered and said, ―Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.‖
  11. 11. Facing Forward  Disciplined Devotion requires a Decision to actually do it  Disciplined Devotion requires a Dedication in spite of obstacles and opposition  Disciplined Devotion requires an ability to be Deaf to certain inner and outside voices  Disciplined Devotion requires a Declaration of God‘s Word concerning situations and circumstances
  12. 12. Facing Forward Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) 12Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
  13. 13. Facing Forward 1. A Divine Discontent 2. A Disciplined Devotion 3. A Definite Direction 4. A Diligent Determination
  14. 14. Facing Forward A Definite Direction – Philippians 3:13c  Galatians 1:13 (NKJV) For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.  Acts 22:20 (NKJV) And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death, and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.‘
  15. 15. Facing Forward A Definite Direction – Philippians 3:13c  Luke 9:62 (NKJV) But Jesus said to him, ―No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.‖  Hebrews 10:16-18 (NKJV) 16“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.  Luke 13:24 (NKJV) ―Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
  16. 16. Facing Forward  1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (The Message)  Matthew 26:41 (NIV) ―Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.‖  Ephesians 4:17-32
  17. 17. Facing Forward Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) 12Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
  18. 18. Facing Forward 1. A Divine Discontent 2. A Disciplined Devotion 3. A Definite Direction 4. A Diligent Determination
  19. 19. Facing Forward Follow the Leader Lead the Follower
  20. 20. Diligence  Doing things by halves is worthless. It may be the other half that counts.  Earnestness commands the respect of mankind. A wavering, vacillating, dead- and-alive Christian does not get the respect of the church or of the world. John Hall (1829- )
  21. 21. Diligence  God wishes each of us to work as hard as we can, holding nothing back but giving ourselves to the utmost, and when we can do no more, that is the moment when the hand of divine providence is stretched out to us and takes over. Don Orione (1872-1940)  If God is diligent, surely we ought to be diligent in doing our duty to him. Think how patient and how diligent God has been with us! Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
  22. 22. Facing Forward A Diligent Determination – Philippians 3:14  1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  1 Peter 1:13 (NKJV) Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
  23. 23. Facing Forward A Diligent Determination – Philippians 3:14  Luke 1:38 (NKJV) Then Mary said, ―Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.‖ And the angel departed from her.  Matthew 25:23 (NKJV) His lord said to him, ‗Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.‘
  24. 24. Facing Forward 1. A Divine Discontent 2. A Disciplined Devotion 3. A Definite Direction 4. A Diligent Determination
  25. 25. Facing Forward Philippians 3:12-16 (TMNT) 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. So let‘s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision— you‘ll see it yet! Now that we‘re on the right track, let‘s stay on it.

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