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I Press to Obtain the Prize

Good Morning,
 
 I just wanted to touch base with you. It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve spoken to you from a personal standpoint.  As I continue to lay myself at the altar of our Father’s Mercy, as I on a daily endeavor to die to my flesh, I’ve resolved in my mind that I’m going to allow God to be God and me to be me. The process of dying to self isn’t an easy process, and yes there is still a lot of life left in me. The I Wants, The I desires, and The I needs still at times get in the way of what the Lord is trying to do in me and through me. Reconditioning my mind to be Christ Minded is a daily journey and not an overnight success. As I grow in God, so does my desire to be more like him, even to my own hurt. It’s no longer I that lives; but Jesus Christ that lives within me. That’s what I keep trying to remind myself when I want it when and how I want it. I’m not perfect nor do I claim to be. It’s because of my imperfections that I’m constantly reminded and aware of the grace, mercy and favor our Father so liberally shares and bestows upon me/us. With each new day, we are given a new opportunity to be better than the day before. Doing the same thing over and over yet expecting the same results or outcome, is considered insanity by professional opinion. I’ve come to a place and point where I can acknowledge that I’ve compassed this mountain long enough. I’ve stayed in the same place for far too long, and if I don’t do something different, I would be as the foolish virgins, come back too late, because when I could acquire enough oil to store in my lamp, I was too busy with things that don’t really matter at the end of the day. Only what we do for Christ will last, the other things that we hold near and dear shall pass away, so I’m trying to make and keep my election sure. It’s not about me, It’s about the Kingdom, it's about pleasing who I’ve surrendered myself to. It’s about my commitment to the Lord, and following through with His plans, not my own. Whatever he bestows upon me for His good pleasure I will graciously receive. So yes I am working on me, and allowing God to work in me. I’m trying with the Lords help to be the best I can be. I'm not there yet, but I know that I'm on my way. Philippians 3:8-16
 
Father God in the name of Jesus,I just want to thank you for being my Lord and Savior today. Thank you for your strength being made perfect in my weakness. Thank you for loving me and protecting me from harm and dangers seen and unseen, and even from myself if and when necessary. Today I give you a new yes and before I proceed with my day, I asky ou to take the wheel, guide me over the highways and byways that you’ve mapped out and imput on my GPS today. May I not miss an opportunity to represent you to others. Allow me to be a beacon or lighthouse to someone else today. Lord send me, I'll go I'm available in Jesus name Amen.
 

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