By Evangelist Diana Gray
Copyright (c) 1999 All Rights Reserved

       Philippians 3:12-15 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. 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. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus  minded: and if in any 
       thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

LET'S PRAY:  Heavenly Father we pray for Godly wisdom in the revelation of Your 
       Word.  Also we pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint us with His sweet presence.  Lord 
       please open up our minds and help us to spiritually grow.  We give you the honor and 
       glory in Jesus name Amen.

       A.   No matter what happens in our lives, we keep striving  toward the prize of Heaven
              through Jesus Christ.
              1.  Striving to move toward Heaven in our daily lives
              2.  Striving always through our Savior Jesus Christ
       B.   We strive to achieve our Christian best and be as perfect and righteous as we can.
              1.  Be the best that God desires us to be.
              2.  Be the best so that we can lead others to Heaven too.
       C.   We persevere through our persistence!
              1.  We don't ever let ourselves get tired of doing what is right in the sight of God.
              2.  We pray all the time, daily asking the Lord's help in being kind and loving.
              3.  We simply can't quit and give up no matter what the trials and problems are.
                   a.  Hold onto their faith no matter what.
                   b.  Lean upon the Lord for their strength.
                        1.   Recognize that we are unable in and of ourselves to have the power.
                        2.   Recognize that only spiritual power and growth comes from the Lord.
       D.   We put on the full armor of God in Ephesians 6:14-17
             1.  The belt of truth!
                  a.  God's truth in His Word the Bible
                  b.  Walking in honesty and truth no matter what happens.
             2.  The breastplate of righteousness!
                  a.  God's approval because of His great love for us.
                  b.  Approval through His Son Jesus Christ to die for us.
                  c.  We have goodness through righteousness.
                       1.  In our emotions.
                       2.  In our self worth.
                       3.  In our trusting the Lord.
             3.  Having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace!
                  a.  The Lord gives us the motivation and drive to spread the Gospel.
                  b.  We should make sure we are always ready to tell people about Jesus.
                  c.  Denying ourselves to walk in Satan's negatives and only God's positives.
             4.  The shield of faith!
                  a.  God helps us see all circumstances and people through the "Eyes of Jesus."
                       1.  Through Satan's temptations.
                       2.  Through Satan's lies and verbal abuses from people.
                       3.  Through Satan's sicknesses and troubles.
                  b.  God helps us to look beyond this life and the eventual victory of Heaven.
                       1.  Victory over Satan.
                       2.  Victory over our hurts and sorrows.
                       3.  Victory over all the events that happen around us as temporary problems.
             5.  The helmet of salvation!
                  a.  We are protected from serious doubts, when we remember to put the it on.
                  b.  When we put it on, we have confidence in our salvation through Jesus Christ.
             6.  The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God!
                  a.  Reading and studying the Bible. (Eat the Word like you're starving a meal.)
                  b.  Trusting in the truth and righteousness of God's Word.
                  c.  Using the Bible verses and stories to live our life's with.
                       1.  This is a war against Satan because we are no longer on his side.
                       2.  We use the armor to fight Satan back with.
                       3.  We will still be standing when Satan is finally defeated by Jesus.

II.   A GOOD PLAN OF ACTION WILL ENCOURAGE US NOT GIVE UP. (I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.)

       A.  Eph. 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
           1.  Pray without ceasing. (You mind and thoughts always upon the Lord in prayer.)
           2.  Pray in the Spirit. (Your spirit communes through the Holy Spirit to the Lord.)
                  a.  With our minds and hearts in quick brief prayer for everything.
                  b.  Asking for forgiveness when we do something wrong. (Admitting your sins!)
                  c.  Make your life so full of things of God that you don't have room for anything 
                       else. (Godly videos, television shows, Christian radio and music. Bible 
                  d.  Make your life a solid, Christian witness. (If you are a book that people
                       read, what kind of book will they see?)
       B.  Eph. 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my 
             mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel! (SPEAK THE WORD)
             1.  We need to put into "practice" the whole armor of God.
                  a.   A musician must practice everyday to get good a playing music.
                  b.   An athlete must practice his muscles to be strong and able to win the race.
             2.  Start opening up your mouth to tell people about Jesus.
             3.  Be spiritually strong walking with courage and not in fear.
                  a.  Fear comes from Satan.
                  b.  God tells us to be over comers by His Word.
       C.   Self denial!
             1.  Denial of anything that is sinful or harmful to the body.
             2.  Denial of anything that is sinful or harmful to the spirit.
       D.  Discipline and train yourself in the Word of God.
             1.  Discipline yourself to pray.
             2.  Discipline yourself to study God's Word.
             3.  Discipline yourself to act and walk as a righteous and Godly person.
                  a.  Think before you talk and ask yourself, would Jesus say that?
                  b.  Think before your actions and ask yourself, would Jesus approve of that?
                  c.  Think before you let your feelings and emotions move you into sinful actions.

III.  THE REASON WHY, WE DON'T EVER GIVE UP! (I press toward the mark for 
        the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.)

     A.  Heaven is our reward.
          1.  God loves us and wants us there.
          2.  We will rule with Jesus and glory in His presence.
          3.  The wonderful angels are there for us to finally see and be with.
          4.  Satan, demons and all evil will be gone out of our lives  forever.
     B. We don't ever give up striving to help our family and friends to join us there.
          1.  We will feel only pure love from them.
          2.  They will finally be the kind of family that we have always desired them to be.
     C. W will reap everlasting life for all eternity in Heaven.

LET'S PRAY! Thanking the Father for revealing His Word to our hearts in understanding.


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