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In HIS Presence


Read: Philippians 3:12-16 

Meditation verse: 

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 3:14).  

The terms ‘press forward’ and ‘struggle’ require you to try to accomplish  something. However, there is a fundamental difference. Pressing forward entails  doing something continually in a determined way and getting ahead in the  process. Struggling on the other hand entails striving to achieve something in  the face of difficulty or resistance, without necessarily getting ahead.  

The Christian life is not one that is devoid of challenges. Jesus said to His  disciples: “…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have  overcome the world” (John 16:33). On the cross, Jesus obtained victory for  you. At salvation, your struggles became a ‘pressing forward’. If you have trusted  Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are no longer living a life of ‘struggles’. In  essence, irrespective of what life throws at you, you will continue to progress  and move forward.  

As you live your life daily, walk in the consciousness of this truth. Instead of  seeing your challenges as setbacks, see them as opportunities for you to grow  and mature in faith. See adversity as stepping stones to greater heights.  

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing,  yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which  is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight  of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things  which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things  which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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