Press on!

“… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God had called me heaven-ward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3: 13 & 14.

As we enter into a new year, let us heed the words of Paul and forget what is behind and move forward to the goal which God has set for us.

Paul is delineating what he is leaving behind in verses 5 & 6 – his pride of being a perfect Jew in birth and also in all the legalistic righteousness. But he is moving in a different direction now and he can reach his goal, only if he leaves behind the heavy baggage of the past.

We might also have baggage of fear, pride, anger, bitterness etc., in us. If we are to enter into the New Year with them, we would be the same sad person. But if we choose to leave them behind and ponder upon the goals God has given to us, we would move forward.

It is not only the negative things,  but we also need to leave behind our successes and achievements of the past year to reach newer levels in the coming year.

We should not be struck with, either the problems or the victories of the past year. But we need to seek God’s grace anew to face new challenges of the New Year and move forward.


Day 152

by Rev Joel Yong

Job 4:3-4
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.

Job was reminded that he had been a friend to the weak and an encourager to those who stumbled.

There is a difference between the weak and stumbling and the wayward.
The latter does not seek to hold onto God. They may mention God with their lips but desire not His guidance and persist in their arrogant and rebellious ways.

The weak and stumbling- however want to hold onto God. But because of a lack of understanding or strength, are unable to do so. Job was a friend to such people and in their crisis , whether of faith or of medical or life situations, he supported them.

He “made firm their weak knees” so they could walk right.
Do you know someone who stumbled in their faith and are seeking to walk right in God- pray for them, send them a message and firm their knees today!

Make a difference – support those who are endeavoring to walk on – in your time of need, they can be that strong support for you too!