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Straining

Straining

The most important part of getting spiritually unstuck often is forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead. We see this especially in the life of the Apostle Paul whose life was radically changed by God when he realized that he could never earn his way into heaven by striving harder and harder. In fact, Paul started moving forward in his faith only when he understood clearly that he could stop striving to earn heaven because it was earned by Christ’s perfect striving.

Scriptures:  First Lesson: Numbers 14:1-9; Gospel: Mark 6:45-56

Sermon Text:  Philippians 3:17-14

 

My Next Steps

Connect: Why are we so good at guilt? So much of how we think, how we react, what we do every day is motivated by a desire to make up for all the ways we’ve messed up with our children, our spouse, etc.

Aha: Guilt and shame over past actions keep us from moving forward in a healthy way and from fulfilling our call to be salt and light in this world. God longs to free us from these chains so that we can be used by him to free others.

Treasure: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b-14).

Challenge: Identify the areas of guilt and shame in your life. What keeps you from believing that you are forgiven and free?

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