Pressing Forward

We are in a season of pressing forward toward God. Righteousness, healing, miracles, joy, peace, love,
freedom…all these things are from God. We need to keep praying for, seeking, and hungering for God Himself. The apostle Paul was one who understood pressing in and pressing forward, no matter what his circumstances. In Acts 19:8-12 we see him pressing forward in the Word and in the Spirit:
“And he went into the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, persuading and arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God. But when some became more and more stubborn (hardened and unbelieving), discrediting and reviling and speaking evil of the Way of the Lord before the congregation, he separated himself from them, taking the disciples with him, and went on holding daily discussions in the lecture room of Tyrannus from about ten o’clock till three. This continued for two years, so that all the inhabitants of the province of Asia, Jews as well as Greeks, heard the Word of the Lord (concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God). And God did unusual and extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or towels or aprons which had touched his skin were carried away and put upon the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.”
Paul was not moved by opposition but kept his focus on spreading the kingdom in Spirit and in truth. He also talks about pressing forward in relationship, freedom, and glory in Philippians 3:10-14…
“(For my determined purpose is) that I may know Him (that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly), and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection (which it exerts over believers), and that I may so share his sufferings as to be continually transformed (in spirit into His likeness even) to His death, (in the hope) that if possible, I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection (that lifts me) out from among the dead (even while in the body). Not that I have now attained (this ideal), or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of me and made me His own. I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own (yet); but one thing I do (it is my one aspiration); forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the (supreme and heavenly) prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.”
Let’s press forward together and attain Christ.
-Pastor Laurie

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