i am being CHANGED
One thing I do!
Php 3:13 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,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul, here speaks of his past and his present life.
Before his conversion he was like a man running a race, a race of his own, with his eyes set on a lower goal.
Then Christ apprehended him, on the road of Damascus were the Lord caught hold of him, turned him
around, and set him running towards another goal; and Paul is saying I’m pursuing that goal yet, and it is still a long way off.
I count not myself to have apprehended
Not as though I had already attained.
I have not grasped it yet, or have not arrived!
Do you remember the day that the Lord apprehended you. Do you remember when you completely surrender from self and doing things your own way turning and doing things God’s way?
I still think about the Prodigal son when he was apprehended, and had a change of heart.
The Father will apprehend you by allowing things to take place in your life not to harm you but to get your attention!
Has God gotten your attention yet?
Luke 15: 18-
Too often we desire God’s gifts apart from Himself.
We want his benefits gifts, callings even his anointing but we don’t want to surrender totally our self to him.
Let’s go back to the Prodigal son.
The far country is not far in actual distance, but in the alienation of the heart.
For example the head and heart is about 18 inch, from onto another…..
You may be living in a beautiful home and yet be in the far country.
Sin is waste.
For all have sinned and fallen short of glory of God.
Sin will take you further than you want to go.
Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay.
Sin will cost you more than you want to pay.
The far country is always swept by famine, because our soul was made for God and cannot live on husks.
Neither things nor people can really appease our awful hunger if we are away from God.
Only God can feel your heart with his Love not things or people, that’s why the bible says love not the world or the things in the world!
The world and the things of the world can stray you away from the things of God!
Paul (Saul) was an upcoming well taught in the word of God of the Old Testament, but he had a form of religion but denying the power of it, till the Lord apprehended him on the Road called Life.
And again whether it is Paul or the prodigal son or anyone of us, God the Fathers wants a relationship with his children he is the Father of all spirits but not all will be his sons or daughters.
Let me ask you, goes the Father know you as a son or daughter, or just an acquaintance, as an acquaintance will not do for you, that’s like being a foolish virgin in the bible were they came to the door and knocked and the Lord said I don’t know you, You never had a personal relationship with me just known me by acquaintance! Not good enough.
Back to Philippians 3:13
Paul says one Thing I Do
There are 3 parts to this one thing that he is talking about.
1 I forget the ground I have covered in the race.
1 cor 9:24-27
I cannot waste time over the past.
2 I reach forth to that which is before me in the race, I strain every nerve and muscle and use every ounce of my strength to win, my future depends on it!
I am running for my life.
3 I press toward the mark
That is I pursue, the runner must keep their eye on the prize, fixed, focus, Paul says lest I be disqualified for the prize.