Some of us never aim to fail, we just fail to aim... or we're aiming at the wrong thing. Whatever we set our sights on, we usually hit it. Sometimes it's our past that we have in view... and when it is, it will manipulate our future toward failure, if our past mess ups and regrets are not filled with grace! (Philippians 3:12-16)
â€¨Paul gives us such great advice.
â€¨"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus"(Philippians 3:13-14).
â€¨A little poem to encourage:
â€¨"Whatever wall you're climbing or the valley you're walking through...
Don't let those watching, manipulate or be a distraction... for you.
Some will cheer you on and others are there to simply see you fall...
But only you have the power to give... so give, and give it your all!"
Brethren...MARK THEM which live as we do (living to take hold of the surpassing value of the knowledge of Jesus), and you FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind earthly things.) Philip. 3:17-19
Just the words "enemies of the cross of Christ" should cause everyone to examine themselves - such a powerful statement. Lord let me never cause you to weep and let me never be considered an enemy of you.
Love Not As Cain
We looked at Cain, in light of the Older and Newer Testaments and gleaned a few