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 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 the 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. “Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, have this mind” (Philippians 3:15). Instead of seeing your challenges as setbacks, see them as opportunities for you to grow and mature in faith. See adversity as steppingstones 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 accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?

Jesus says in Mathew 11:28; “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, this invitation is for you. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; all you need to do is invite Him in, by believing and receiving Him.

Are you ready? Here’s a prayer you can say right now:

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of grace. I believe that Jesus died to set me free from my sins. Thank You Jesus for dying to save me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to live for You from now onwards, in Jesus’ name, Amen

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