In HIS Presence


Read: Philippians 3:12-16 

Meditation verse: 

“Not 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” (Phil 3:12).  

The Apostle Paul said he forgets what is behind and presses forward to obtain  what is ahead. If anyone had things to regret it was Paul. He had persecuted the  Christians with an unmatched zeal, he held the coats of those who stoned  Stephen to death. He had a thorn in his flesh which was so uncomfortable that  he begged God to remove it three times. But, as he reviewed his life to the  Philippians, he was not speaking from a place of regret, but from a place of  gratitude. Gratitude to God, who had brought him this far despite his past,  gratitude also in the knowledge that the One who had begun this good work in  his life will be faithful to complete it.  

In the wake of turning 50, I found myself in a place of constant restlessness and  anxiety. I would review my life unconsciously and feel thoroughly dissatisfied in  certain areas. I was barely sleeping and even when I managed to sleep, I would  wake up suddenly, with my heart pounding. As I turned to God for help, He  began to teach me from His word. One morning today’s meditation verse hit me  like a brick wall. The restlessness was in a way urging me to press towards the  mark.  

We all have a mark to press towards in our walk with God. There is so much  ahead of you. There are territories to conquer. Irrespective of what life has  handed to you, press towards the mark and do so from a place of gratitude, not  from a place of striving, fear, anxiety, or regret. Today, press forward to take  hold of all that Christ took hold of you for. Being confident that “The Lord will  perfect that which concerns you” (Ps 138:8). 


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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