Merry Saturday! Parris Bailey

Phil 3:12 “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.”

You have to hand it to Paul. He tapped into something that kept him during his life or should I say something got a hold of him. God happened to met him on that Damascus Road, that definitely gave him a new outlook. In my home is a 19th Century painting that a dear friend of mine found in France. It’s old, the paint is flaking but if you look real close you will see a man on a reared up horse being blinded by a man surrounded by light. It also shows soldiers trying to shield themselves from the brilliance of the light. Paul said he was apprehended and that started his pursuit to apprehend the very thing that changed him forever. The word apprehend in the Thayer word book is: 1a) to lay hold of so as to make one’ s own, to obtain, attain to, to make ones own, to take into one’ s self, appropriate 1b) to seize upon, take possession of 1b2) in a good sense, of Christ by his holy power and influence laying hold of the human mind and will, in order to prompt and govern it.
Paul would pursue this quest till the day Nero killed him in Rome. If you’ve tasted the grace of God you too will spend the rest of your life reaching for more of it and pressing towards it’s perfection. Paul knew this wouldn’t be attainable till he saw Jesus. Christ laid hold of him and he would spend his life laying hold of the thing that which laid hold of him. With the Olympic games being shown in the next few weeks, we will observe these athletes stretching themselves to win the prize. I never tire finding ways to experience the presence of God in my daily life. Reaching out to the hurting, walking in the park, creating something healthy in the kitchen, reading and worshipping and being around my brothers and sisters. If we don’t watch out we will become entangled, distracted and agitated with the everyday and lose the preciousness of His presence. How serious do you take this joy that has been handed to you? The joy of Christ in you? I feel it becomes very necessary to guard this joy from all other joys and pain, distractions and setbacks. Laying hold takes a daily decision on our part to press further into “this grace that has been given us.” Our heart becomes the central seat of all spiritual soul-strength; to love God with the whole heart is to concentrate the whole inner life on the active contemplation of God, and the desire to do His will. To be satisfied in God becomes our quest that brings glory to Him. I pray you press for the gold, get God and His glory above all else.

2 Replies to “LET THE GAMES BEGIN”

  1. Amen, and Amen. All the days of my life here on earth I will press towards my Father and His Glory and all He has for me to finish here. What an awesome God we have. Thank you. Let the games begin…..Blessings

  2. Paul wwwas a great example to all of us, the pharisees of pharisees, much knowledge and learning, In spite of all that He says, I want to Know Jesus Christ and him crucified, Paul when he saw the Lord for who hhe is gave up evem that part of what he knew and put on the mind of Christ he gave it over all his knowledge to learn the lords, humbled himselve God first and lived to please Him in deed and truth from his heart, paul wasnt perfect and he was honest totally but says oh rethed man that I am I thank God threw Jesus Christ, saved by grace nothing we deserve but only by Gods love, if any one wanted to blame themselves paul would have the number one spot, persecuting the Church The lord did some major forgiving and went after paul to be his. Im amazed at pauls life with the lord, writeing a good portion of the new testiment as a prisoner, getting to write to the churchs the lord had him start, as a father to many of the new beleivers, much of the time not having what he needed, things we take for granted his life was a clearcut testimony of the lord, He was filled up content he hade to learn being content, so much happened with him, a very used by the lord Brother sold out, there are many still like this , I pray I canbe more to what the lord wants in my life, we are paid for bought from death so we now have life only because of Jesus and the only way in life for us is Him, Some are called into his harvest some to other things but whatever it is we are called to it brings him glory and for what he wants I want to be pleaseing in his sight, and be able to go forth knowing we are pleaseing Him, that in itsselve is a blessing

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