Press On! Take Hold!

 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  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.  Phil. 3:10-12

This hit me like a ton of bricks this morning!  Hello Holy Spirit Monday! 

Am I taking hold of everything that Jesus died to take hold for me? Am I blaming Him or someone else for my lack?

 I sat and had a very inspiring conversation today with a new friend.  She said that I inspired her as one who had “risen from the dead” and she had similar aspirations for herself.  This really touched me and also brought to mind the above scripture. 

Jesus died to give me life.  He died to give me life to the full.  He has already died and resurrected so that I can apply His blood as a “free pass” of access into His promises and not feel guilty or nervous about it at all!  So, what am I waiting for?  Do I believe Him or not?  Press On!  Take Hold! 

How in the world do I press on ?  Take Hold?  One of the first steps I’m learning to do is simply by asking God to speak the truth to me in His Word.  I always ask God to give me 3 scriptures that I can cling to during crisis.  If you can’t think of any on your own, reach out to me and I will help you.  Read them, sing them, believe them until they become a part of you.  This is one way I am learning to Press On and Take Hold! 

Secondly, revive the vision that God has for you.  Go back to the place where your future excited you.  What did you envision yourself doing or being?  This is where God wants you!  He inspires us and then the obstacles of our circumstances deplete us.  Press On towards the vision so that inspiration from God is in the forefront of your life!

Thirdly,  Luke 10:19 says that I have been given all authority over the works of the Devil.  Stop, take a minute and exercise your authority.  Out of your mouth say, “I take authority over (blank, blank, or blank-i.e. sickness, poverty, hopelessness, etc.)  You will not dominate my thoughts, my body, my home, or my life any more.  I bind your power according to Matthew 18:18 “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” and I loose (the opposite…i.e. health, blessing, and hope) in Jesus Name.  I no longer give you the right to speak to me.  From this day forward, I will only receive my directions for my life from the Lord Jesus. ”  In Jesus Name, AMEN!!

Lastly, lighten  yourself up, get your mind off of yourself and enjoy each a every day for what it is!  Be grateful, pray for someone else worse off than you, praise God for something, play with a child, laugh on purpose……live in each and every moment.  We have to stop wishing each and every season of our lives away and learn what He is teaching us; making the most of our times!  Knowing that if I am not experiencing life to the “Full” right now, it doesn’t mean that I will not nor does it mean that God doesn’t want that for me.  He is getting you into position so that you can have “Full” no matter your circumstances because you have learned to…….

Press On!  and  Take Hold! of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me!  Bless you today!