In HIS Presence


Read: Philippians 3:12-15
Meditation verse:
“I press on reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize to which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us” (Phil 3:14, NLT).

Our walk of faith with God is a race, and there is always an upward call; a higher level that God desires for us to attain. The journey, however, is not an easy one. Life may sometimes present distractions in the form of lack, loss, inconveniences, and failures. But here’s Apostle Paul prescription for dealing with the distractions of life: “but I focus on this one thing, forgetting the past
and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize fir which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some points, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the
progress we have already made” (Phil 3:13-16, NLT).

What lies ahead of you is more important than what you have been through in the past. But you may not attain what lies ahead unless you stop being
preoccupied with your past and concentrate on achieving that which is ahead. Focus your energy on pressing forward. Apostle Paul knew that it may
sometimes be very difficult, that’s why he used the word ‘press’. To press means to move into position by exerting continuous physical force.

The first half of the year is gone and today is the beginning of the last half. Why not bring all your energy to bear and press forward towards achieving what is in
front of you? God has. A lot in store for you. He says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
future” (Jeremiah 2:11). Step into the new month with a new expectation and press on.

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.

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