Philippians 3:10, has long been my prayer.
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
I would pray to ‘Know Him and the Power of His Resurrection.’ Not realizing that to truly know Him, I would need to change.
I needed to be conformed to His image, by the Fellowship of His Sufferings.
I didn’t want to suffer. I wanted the results, without the work. (The story of my life. lol)
It took time, then I began to pray the whole verse. Life changed. Not that I’ve suffered, I haven’t, yet my decisions, desires and heart changed.
Verses 7-14, became alive. I realized how utterly silly and useless, my accomplishments and ambitions had been. I had been seeking the ‘Power, not the Presence of God.’
The light bulb finally shone brightly, the path revealed. What was the word trying to reveal to me?
‘that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:’
My own righteousness was not enough, It was as dirty rags. (Isaiah 64:6) My belief in Him, brought me true Righteousness, I was Justified. (Just as if I never sinned).
My Faith made me blameless in the beloved.
“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
Philippians 3:10. Brings us to Sanctification.
‘That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;’
We must ‘Separate ourselves from the cares and struggles of this life and become Christ-centered.’ (Phillippians 1:20-23; 2 Corinthians 7-11)
Our desires, lusts, and ambitions must be crucified, and the Lord’s interests embraced. To learn to be one with Him. (John 17, His prayer for us).
Glorification will in time then follow.
“If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Phillippians 3:11)
Philippians 1: 6.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
We will be Glorified, transformed by the renewing of our minds. We begin renewing our minds, as we grow, Christ will Glorify us.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2). (To become mature Christians).
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30)
Our goal in this life is to become Christ-like, to embody His Love, Mercy, and Grace. That those we come in contact with will see Jesus in our Witness, Walk and Will.
Which brings us to the race. Phillippians 3:12-14.
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
I am seeking everything and anything God has for me, forgetting my past, my failures, successes, my wants and wins and reach out for all the Lord would have me be.
Seeking more of Christ within and to shine without, that He would be Glorified, Worshiped, Loved and Obeyed in my Witness.
Galatians 1: 15-16a,b
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen;”
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