A New Year A New You by Nelson Price

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A NEW YEAR - A NEW YOU
PHILIPPIANS 3: 13, 14

JESUS, our Commander-in-Chief, said, "Occupy till I come..." Out
text gives encouraging insight into a constructive and
productive way to fulfill this assignment.
In our text Paul shares sharp insight into the basic discipline
of his life. This discipline by God's grace made him
Christianity's most creditable credential. The floor of the
spiritual world trembled beneath his tread as the earth during a
quake.
Most of us would agree in starting this new year on two things:
We have failures and sins in our past.
We are dissatisfied with our present state of spiritual growth.
A strategic forward movement begins with a conclusion similar to
that of Paul being made: "I count not myself to have
apprehended..." APPREHEND = to seize and take possession of." He
had not arrived. He had been seized. Therefore, he desired to
apprehend that for which he was apprehended.
This required that he --
I.REPENT "forgetting those things which are behind"
He had been cleared by the court of Heaven and though he didn't
forge the lesson learned, he did not dwell in the past. This is
encouragement to avoid letting the past control you. Don't live
a past tense life. This is advocacy of discerning forgetfulness.
There are certain past things which must not beforgotten. We
must not forget our obligations. Don't forget - God's grace,
church obligations, kindnesses done, and debts owed The cause of
Christ is hurt more than most persons will ever know by those
who profess Jesus Christ and are not honest in matters of their
obligations to their fellow per ...


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