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Philippians 3:10 (15 of 17)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Tonight in our study of the book of Philippians .. we come to one of the great statements of the Apostle Paul! Look if you will to Philippians chapter 3.10.
Paul just finished making a great declaration in the first 9 verses about the flesh. In fact ... the last part of verse 3, "and have no confidence in the flesh." In other words .. don't trust your old nature! Don't trust that nature of yours that is bent toward the world!
When Christ saved you He gave you a new nature! That nature remains in you through the presence of the Holy Spirit!
Sometimes I hear people say after they've sinned against God and man, "Well, it's just my nature." And I want to say, "Wait a minute! God's given you a new nature!"
Galatians 5.17, "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish."
Everyday you have decide who is going to call the shots! Your old nature who wants to be in charge or your new nature who needs to be in charge! The way to daily victory is daily surrender! You cannot live the victorious Christian life without surrender!
That's where the joy comes from! That's where the desire for purity comes from! That's where the burden for souls comes from: A daily surrender of self .. crowning our new nature and confining our old nature!
Having looked to the past ... Paul now looks at the present and declares in verse 10, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,"
Paul's desire was "to know Him." We've got a generation of people who are satisfied knowing about Him and a lot of them are church goers! No wonder so many are spiritually anemic!
Paul's desire wasn't to know about Him nor to work for Him or read about Him or to sing about Him. He wanted to know Him as a person!
2 Timothy 1.12, ...
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