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Maturing as Christ
Series: Seven Pillars of Philippians
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul wants to attain or get a hold of the resurrection.
He realizes that he has to continue to work towards perfection.
Maturity is the Goal of Christianity!
To be able to achieve this there are some important steps that need to be done.
I. Forget the Past
"...Forgetting what is behind..."
A. Forget what is Good!
3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh--
4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;
6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.(NIV)
The good of the past only builds up pride instead of humility!
B. Forget what is Bad!
The bad of the past only creates condemnation!
What has been covered by the blood leave it there!
3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.(NIV)
9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.(NIV)
I Jn 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he ...
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