What’s Your Philippians Opinion?

Until I typed those words I hadn’t noticed how amusing they might sound.
(I’ll give you a minute while you hear someone with your favorite accent ask that question in your head.)

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Philippians 3:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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After reading that, what should we do? I think it’s fairly simple.

Press on. As in, persevere.

Sometimes things are happening that make pressing on seem like a big challenge.

What then?

You have probably heard that we’re not supposed to complain.

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Philippians 2:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
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I believe there is definitely one exception.

Complain to God if you need to complain (petition). He’s ready to hear what you’ve got to say. Be honestly yourself with God and be honest ABOUT yourself with God. He’s got your back. And He’s always ready to give you more of the peace that passes all understanding when you seek Him.

What you and I have to do is remember to do what is says in another section of Philippians. We have to “press in” by worshiping, praying and otherwise seeking intimacy with God.

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Philippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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Keep pressing on. Keep “pressing in” with God.

Press On. Press In. Repeat.

Like on the back of a shampoo bottle.

That is all.

God bless you!

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Tuesday I was driving back from Pechanga/Temecula and 15 South was socked in. I was feeling particularly good because I had been practicing being connected to the Holy Spirit. I had been able to share with over 20 men a little about what I felt God had done that morning. (Sorry – I’m saving a version of that encounter for my upcoming novel. If you see me face to face I’m open to sharing.)

As I drove home I was singing Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus and the traffic wasn’t really bothering me. I was simply making plans to get off at Gopher Canyon and drive home through Vista. Singing and driving (or crawling!). Driving and singing.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus is about keeping our focus on the Lord and letting His light outshine what’s going on here on Earth.

I highly recommend doing just that.

Here are two versions I prefer: