DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKILOME – February 3rd 2017

TOPIC: BE INSPIRED TO ALWAYS WIN

[RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONALS 3rd FEBRUARY 2017]



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).

Consider a classroom of students studying the same course. Among them, some are reading very hard, so they don’t fail the exams. Perhaps they had failed in some previous exams. Then you have these other students who are reading very hard as well, because they want to have excellent grades. They want to win a prize.
Though all these students are reading hard, their motivations are different. And this is how it is in life. That someone is working so hard doesn’t mean he’s in the right direction. It all depends on what his inspiration is. You should always be inspired by the dream of success, and not the fear of failure. Refuse to be haunted by past mistakes; rather, be challenged by the opportunity of a greater future. Many whine and grumble about their past, sorrowing about their past, wondering what to do about their past, instead of looking at the future with the hope and the opportunities it presents for greater success.
Irrespective of the challenges or shortcomings experienced in the past, be inspired by the joy of winning. See the bright and glorious future ahead. Get into the New Year with this mind-set. Paul said, “…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…” Don’t think failure. Don’t think defeat. Launch out into the year with the power of the Spirit, seeing only victories and endless possibilities.
You’re born to win; and the Lord is leading you on a victory parade. Forget the past; take a hold of your future, and win!
CONFESSION
Dear Lord, you’ve equipped me with strength. You made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. You’re the strength and glory of my life! In you I live, and move and have my being. I’m triumphant today and always by your Spirit. Hallelujah!
Further Study: || Isaiah 43:18-19 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert. ||
|| Philippians 3:13-14 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, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 24:1-35,

Exodus 26-27
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 12:10-21,

Genesis 34

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