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Focus on the Goal

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Focus on the Goal

Philippians 3:14 KJV 1900
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12–14 KJV 1900
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 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.
Paul is stating to his readers and those in Philippi that he is goal focused.
Paul is stating to his readers and those in Philippi that he is goal focused.
Paul is stating to his readers and those in Philippi that he is goal focused.
Satan would love to get him to think he has arrived
Lighten up and look at how good your are and what you have accomplished.
McDonald
“He realized that “satisfaction is the grave of progress.”
There was more to be done
More people to be reached
Now was not the time to look back and stop...
Nothing gives a person inner wholeness and peace like a distinct understanding of where they are going.
illustration of side tracked -
social media
goals not clearly defined
goals not clearly defined
we have no goals
we wonder into doing good things that have nothing to do with our goals
aimlessly watching TV
We are so busy being busy
We are committed
know you purpose
Robert Bryne once observed, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
In order to get somewhere, you need to define your end goal. That is essential. And the sooner you define it, the clearer everything else will become. A life without a purpose is a life without a destination.
Viktor E. Frankl, was held prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. With all the agony and brutality, what kept Frankl from giving up his relentless fight for his life was purpose!
He found meaning in his struggle, and that’s what gave him the power to push forward through unimaginable pain.
Living “on purpose” means you live intentionally.
With a strong sense of purpose, we become very resilient, able to overcome challenges, and to bounce back after setbacks.
We are also better able to deal with—and perhaps more motivated to overcome - the painful effects of past trauma.
We never wake up in the morning with no reason to get out of bed. Life seems easier, less complicated and stressful.
But without a sense of purpose, we are more vulnerable to becoming depressed in response to negative events.
We become more susceptible to psychological discord—to boredom, frustration and pessimism. We are more liable to feel the residual pain of trauma from the past.
Paul had a Purpose that is why he could say :
2 Timothy 4:7–8 KJV 1900
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Purpose
2 Corinthians 12:8–11 KJV 1900
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
Paul is keeping his eye on the ball.
Focus on the Goal means:

I. Knowing Your Purpose

purpose - the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Philippians 3:12 KJV 1900
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Why do you do what you do?
He had no idea that it was possible to achieve a state of sinlessness or to arrive at a condition in life where no further progress could be achieved.
He realized that “satisfaction is the grave of progress.”
Thus he pressed on in order that the purpose for which the Lord Jesus had saved him might be fulfilled in him. The apostle had been apprehended by Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus. What was the purpose of this momentous meeting?
Paul Purpose- It was that Paul might from then on be a pattern-saint, that God might show through him what Christ can do in a human life.
1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV 1900
1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
1 Corinthians 4:16 KJV 1900
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
Purpose is to live a life that others can follow ....
1 Peter 2:12 KJV 1900
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
He was not yet perfectly conformed to Christ.
The process was still going on, and Paul was deeply exercised that this work of God’s grace might continue and deepen
Paul’s salvation experience had taken place about 30 years before he wrote to the Philippians. He had won many spiritual battles in that time.
He had grown much in those years, but he candidly confessed he had not obtained all this, nor was he yet made perfect (v. 12). He still had more spiritual heights to climb. This testimony of the apostle reminded the saints at Philippi—and it serves to remind believers today—that there must never be a stalemate in their spiritual growth or a plateau beyond which they cannot climb.
What is God’s driving purpose in your life:
Glorifying God and making Him known...
family
Live our your life with Goals in mind and be intentional about them....
leaving a legacy
elaborate here
Focus on the Goal means:

II. Following the Plan

Philippians 3:13 KJV 1900
13 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,
This man who had learned to be content with whatever material things he had (4:11) never could be content with his spiritual attainments. He did not count himself to have “arrived,” as we would say today. What then did he do?
Following plans - drawings
Following plans - goals of a church
Following plans - family priority
Following plans - leading your family spiritually
But one thing I do. He was a man of single purpose.
One things he does is to forget those things behind:
One he does is to forge ahead
He had one aim and ambition. In this he resembled David, who said, “One thing have I desired of the Lord.”
Forgetting those things which are behind would mean not only his sins and failures but also his natural privileges, attainments, and successes which he had described earlier in this chapter, and even his spiritual triumphs.
Forgetting Sin -
Forgetting failure
Forgetting Past hurts
And reaching forward to those things which are ahead: namely, the privileges and responsibilities of the Christian life, whether worship, service, or the personal development of Christian character.[1]
The Christian life is ahead
The time is now ......
Our time is today .....
In stating his new objectives, Paul used the memorable phrase “this one thing I do.” D. L. Moody, almost as busy a man as Paul in the work of Christ, used to say, “It is better to say, ‘This one thing I do,’ than to say, ‘These forty things I dabble with.’ ” Paul would agree. He concentrated all his energy on the one goal he had set for himself. Nothing could distract him.[1]
The plan is forget those things behind
The plan is press forward for the things ahead
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV 1900
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Philippians 1:6 KJV 1900
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
James 1:6 KJV 1900
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
GOOD DAYS AHEAD
looking forward
Living in the past is a problem because it robs you of the opportunity to enjoy the present. ... While some people live in the past because they don't want to deal with the present, others live in the past for fear of what may come in the future.
Focus on the Goal means:

III. Getting Prize

Philippians 3:14 KJV 1900
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
phil
Looking at himself as a runner in a race, Paul describes himself as exerting every effort toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The goal is the finish line at the end of the race track.
The prize is the award presented to the winner.
Here the goal would be the finish of life’s race, and perhaps more particularly the Judgment Seat of Christ.
The prize would be the crown of righteousness which Paul elsewhere describes as the prize for those who have run well ().
2 Timothy 4:8 KJV 1900
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The upward call of God in Christ Jesus includes all the purposes that God had in mind in saving us.
It includes salvation, conformity to Christ, joint-heirship with Him, a home in heaven, and numberless other spiritual blessings.
The prize is the upward call.
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