Philippians 3:12, NIV
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”
Yesterday we asked the Lord to shine His lamp on the inner recesses of our heart – especially to check the motives of our heart. Today we are looking out on a New Year with all that the year may have in store for each and every one of us.
Ultimately, there is only one New Year’s resolution for believers! And that is profoundly expressed in our Scripture for today – to press on to take hold of everything that God has planned and purposed for our lives. And the other side of such a goal is to lay aside everything that gets in the way of achieving God’s best for our lives.
The big question is, of course, how do we know what it is that we should take hold of? The answer is found in the Scripture which God has used to deeply impact my own life – Psalm 25:14. Here God tells us that He confides in those who fear Him. What a privilege believers have – to be able to hear His voice directing our lives and leading us into the plans and purposes that He has for us.
Learning to live in the love and the fear of the Lord is a wonderful key to turn – it’s a key which will unlock even the most difficult situation in your life. With God showing us the way to go we can then press on with confidence to take hold of that which He has prepared for us in advance. I pray that this will be a very special year, as you step out into all that God has set before you in 2013.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that you have plans for my life. Help me, I pray, to walk in your ways in 2013 and to press on to take hold of that for which you took hold of me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.