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Take Hold
Taking a hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken a hold of us

by Derek

Philippians 3: 12-14
  1. take hold… not yet… taken hold but not yet finished the race… committed but not completed – Holy Discontent (realistic about where our sp walk is at and willing to go on)
  2. focus our energy… 1 thing! Setting goals – SIMPLICITY
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    Luke 10:39-42 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. (40) But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" (41) "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, (42) but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."]
  3. I press on toward the goal [to be like Jesus] to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus Onward and Upward [by forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead – Forgetting = ‘to cease to be affected by’]
  4. Live up to what we have already attained = long line of obedience in the same direction – put into practice what we have learnt up till now [see Pete FB below]
  5. Do it togetherHeb 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  [Let Christians be exhorted to go this journey, as it were in company…  Let Christians help one another in going this journey… Let Christians go united, and not fall out by the way, which would be the way to hinder one another; but use all means they can to help one another up the hill. This is the way to be more successful in travelling, and to have the more joyful meeting at their Father's house in glory. (Jonathan Edward's Notes on Scriptures)
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2Ti 4:7   I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
 
A goal – to be like Jesus! To be like him in all aspects of our lives, through good or bad… change of values (in comparison with knowing Christ how important is the rest?) – take hold – mature attitude – take others with you!
In his exposition of this verse Spurgeon wrote a believer should be...Always making progress, — throwing himself into it, having the reward before him, the prize of perfection in Christ, and running towards it with all his might.
David Livingstone, pioneer medical missionary to Africa upon returning to Great Britain was asked, “Where do you want to go now?”
Without hesitation, like the good Christian racer he was, Livingstone replied... “I am ready to go anywhere provided it be forward.” (Amen!)
FACEBOOK COMMENTS:
[Karen FB: When running a race, there is normally more than 1 person competing. It is no co-incidence that we are called to be part of a body of believers, as that body is there to support the 'runner', encouraging, lifting up, reminding the runner of the goal, pointing them in the right direction, and helping them to focus.
As a 'runner' it is always great to receive all of the above, but we also need to realise we are also called to be the supporters, be the friend.]
 [Ally: Coming back to what Karen said about running the race together, I think it's almost impossible to do these things alone. We need others to encourage us and keep us accountable. We sometimes see our purpose in life in someone else's eyes. John White says in his book Why I'm afraid to tell you who I am "I am continually experiencing the ever-growing, ever-new reality of you, and you are experiencing the reality of me, and through each other, we are experiencing the reality of God, who once said.....'it is not good for man to be alone".]
[Pete FB: v16 "Only let us live up to what we have already attained." v17 says "Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you." Maybe we must follow other's example but in the way and understanding that God has shown us (Now) In other words Live up to where we are now. OR Get active now with what we have or understand and God will show us more as we get on with it.
Something like this....Be real with what you have while following the example of those ahead.]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[press on (1377) (dioko from dío = pursue, prosecute, persecute) means to follow or press hard after, literally to pursue as one does a fleeing enemy. It means to chase, harass, vex and pressure and was used for chasing down criminals. Dioko speaks of an intensity of effort leading to a pursue with earnestness and diligence in order to obtain. To go after with the desire of obtaining. It gives us the picture of going on the track of something like the hounds on the hunt and pursuing after the fox and implying a continuing effort to overtake, reach, or attain the goal.]
C H Spurgeon described the zeal that presses onward and upward writing that...
If you never have sleepless hours, if you never have weeping eyes, if your hearts never swell as if they would burst, you need not anticipate that you will be called zealous. You do not know the beginning of true zeal, for the foundation of Christian zeal lies in the heart. The heart must be heavy with grief and yet must beat high with holy ardor. The heart must be vehement in desire, panting continually for God's glory, or else we shall never attain to anything like the zeal which God would have us know...As well a chariot without its steeds, a sun without its beams, a heaven without its joy, as a man of God without zeal.
Onward
and
Upward
In his exposition of this verse Spurgeon wrote a believer should be...
Always making progress, — throwing himself into it, having the reward before him, the prize of perfection in Christ, and running towards it with all his might.
 
David Livingstone, pioneer medical missionary to Africa upon returning to Great Britain was asked, “Where do you want to go now?”
Without hesitation, like the good Christian racer he was, Livingstone replied...
“I am ready to go anywhere provided it be forward.” (Amen!)
Matthew Henry = there is no getting to heaven as our home but by Christ as our way.
 Let Christians help one another in going this journey.

There are many ways that Christians might greatly help and forward one another in their way to heaven, by religious conference, and otherwise. And persons greatly need help in this way, which is, as I have observed, a difficult way.

conversing together while their journey shall end, and assisting one another. Company is very desirable in a journey, but in none so much as in this.

Let Christians go united, and not fall out by the way, which would be the way to hinder one another; but use all means they can to help one another up the hill.

This is the way to be more successful in travelling, and to have the more joyful meeting at their Father's house in glory. (Jonathan Edward's Notes on Scriptures)
A W Tozer writes...
I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.

Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.
God puts within us the impulse to pursue Him. It is our job to do the pursuing.
Where will you be when you get where you are going?
IF YOU WOULD PLANT...

… If you would plant for a year
Plant grain;
Yours will be an ear
Of grain.

If you would plant for a decade
Plant trees;
Yours shall be olives and shade
And ease.

To plant for eternity
Plant men:
Eternal harvest shall be
Yours then.
Ralph Keesar
What Is My Purpose? - In Daniel Schaeffer's book on Esther, Dancing With A Shadow, he summarizes with a single sentence the lives of each of the main characters in that wonderful Old Testament book. For Ahasuerus, the powerful warrior king of Persia, it was: "Success in life is all in the planning." For the faithful Mordecai: "The price of obedience is never too high." And for Queen Esther: "What I am is more important than what I have." She proved it when she risked her crown (and life) to intercede with Ahasuerus on her people's behalf.

I was discussing these one-line descriptions with some co-workers who were also reading Schaeffer's book. Someone wondered how we might summarize in a single statement our purpose for living. One woman candidly admitted, "My only goal in life is to catch up." Sound familiar? For others it might be, "To have as little trouble in life as I can." Or you may say with Haman, "You can never have too much."

But as followers of Jesus Christ, we should be able to say with the apostle Paul, "One thing I do, . . . I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13, 14).
Run With Horses - If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? —Jeremiah 12:5.
 

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