Press On

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God has a hold of you for a reason you haven’t even begun to know yet. 

Don’t stop going after all God has for you just because you are not where you want to be.

Sometimes the journey seems long when you see how far you still have to go, sometimes the journey seems short when you look at all Jesus has already done in you.

Even Paul the apostle felt this way, so don’t be so hard on yourself when you do.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭NIV

What God has for you has nothing to do with who you think you are or who you think you are not but it has everything to do with who HE is.

Go after Jesus and let Him do the work He wants to do in you.

He is working the past out of you so that you can embrace the future He has for you.

Keep going. Keep pursuing. Press on. 

Say Yes.

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“I am the Lordʼs servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭NIV‬‬
How many times have you wished that the Lord would show up and just tell you what was about to happen? You think that maybe if you knew what would happen, you would be better prepared to handle it.
Mary had that opportunity.
The Lord showed up and told her what her story would be.
She would be “the virgin” of Isaiah 7:14 and Mary being the good Jewish girl that she was would know what that meant.
It is one thing to know what it means and another to live through it.
She would be rejected before she was accepted, desperate before she was provided for, slandered long before she was ever believed.
She knew the road before her would not be easy and that the story she had imagined for her life would be drastically different…but she said yes.
She said, “May your word to me be fulfilled”.
She said yes to God knowing that it would be hard.
She decided to trust God when things were not happening the way she thought they would.
She decided to follow God when others would not understand or believe her.
I believe it is the great mercy of God that He leads us one step at a time.
I believe God has a plan for your life and is able to bring it to pass.
I believe it will be harder than you thought it would be but more worth it than you can imagine.
Don’t be afraid. God will empower you to walk in His purposes and guide you faithfully through every challenge that comes.
You will never really know what God can do through you unless you say yes to Him.
Be brave. Say yes.

Press On

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God has a hold of you for a reason you haven’t even begun to know yet. 

Don’t stop going after all God has for you just because you are not where you want to be.

Sometimes the journey seems long when you see how far you still have to go, sometimes the journey seems short when you look at all Jesus has already done in you.

Even Paul the apostle felt this way, so don’t be so hard on yourself when you do.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭NIV

Keep going. Keep pursuing. Press on. 

What God has for you has nothing to do with who you think you are or who you think you are not but it has everything to do with who HE is.

Go after Jesus and let Him do the work He wants to do in you. He is working the past out of you so that you can embrace the future He has for you.

Don’t give up.

Hold onto God even as He is holding onto you. 

Press on.

What has God already done in you? 

Has He given you a glimpse of the work He still wants to do? What does that look like?

How does knowing that God is holding onto to you give you strength to keep holding onto Him? 

Friday’s Prayer

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John 17 records Jesus last prayer before he went to the Cross. In it, he prayed for you.

He prayed that you would not be isolated from the world, but that you would infiltrate it.

He prayed that you would be protected from the evil one as you audaciously pursued living the gospel.

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. (John 17:15 NLT)

He asked that you would see that you don’t belong to this world. You will never fit in- you were never meant to fit in but to transform it.

They do not belong to this world any more than I do. (John 17:16 NLT)

He prayed that God’s Word would be opened to your understanding and that you would feast on it. That by it’s truth and power you would made whole and complete.

Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. (John 17:17 NLT)

He prayed that God would give you your marching orders and reveal to you where he wanted you to bring light to the darkness.

Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. (John 17:18 NLT)

And just to make sure you know that he was praying for you, he added this:

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. (John 17:20 NLT)

Today’s post isn’t about what you should pray or even my prayer for you. It is about the prayer God prays over you everyday.

Receive it, believe it and walk in it.

Getting Ahead

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It has been too long since I posted a blog. I have certainly fallen out of the rhythm of it and woke up early missing the words. So here are a few for you (and for me).

“Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.” (Mark 4:24, 25 MSG)

It is so easy to slip into an “Americanized” version of the abundant life through Christ. We can mistake our own personal definition of success with “abundant life”. We assume that growing in God also means that He will give us everything we want. But then He would be like an over- indulging parent instead of a loving Father. No one likes a spoiled brat, not even the brat.

Getting everything you want doesn’t equal happiness.

Giving everything you want actually does.

Pastor Tommy Barnett preached a sermon back when I was in Bible School where he spoke of planting the kind of seeds you want to harvest in your life. He said,“What do need most? Do that for someone else, plant a seed.”

What do you need most today?

How can you provide it for someone else- give it away?

What seeds of joy can you sow today?

The Right Kind of Stubborn

“With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 MSG)

The Greek wording here for “stand your ground” is very strong. It means to be “unmovable” , “firmly persistent”. Hm, sounds like stubborn to me. We Grassos are a stubborn lot. My prayer is that we are stubborn for all the right things. Stubborn to not give up. Stubborn to go after our purpose. Stubborn in loving each other the best we can. If you have a stubborn streak begin to use it for your good. Take it back from the toolbox of the enemy and put it into the hands of God.

Be unmovable in your faith. Firmly persistent is going after God’s call for your life. Let nothing move you. Not fear or finances, lack of time or lack of support. Not doubt, not discouragement move you from doing what you know is right.

When you are unmovable in your faith you can unabashedly throw yourself into the work of it. The original Greek word used here for “Throw yourself” means to go beyond a fixed number or measure. In other words with God you can exceed your own expectations. Give yourself fully, going beyond the limits you have set in your head. Shatter the glass ceiling of your mentality and go for it! Throw yourself in the work of the Master, His work in your life and His work through your life.

Throw yourself into God’s purpose for your job.
Throw yourself into God’s purpose for your schooling.
Throw yourself into God’s plan for your marriage.
Throw yourself into God’s plan for your children and home.
Throw yourself into God’s purpose for you in the season you are in now.

This is the kicker, because the season you are in now might not feel like a place that will move you towards your purpose. Nonetheless, throw yourself into it wholeheartedly anyway. Trust God -nothing you do for God is a waste of time or effort.

There is more for you.

“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”

– Author unknown

Don’t quit. Push through. Throw yourself into your life. Be the right kind of stubborn today.