Saturday, September 16, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 September 16

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 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."  (Philippians 3:8-14)

 Today’s Morsel:  Coach Vince Lombardi, of the Green Bay Packers, said, “Inches make a champion.”  Sometimes in football, it’s just a few inches that determine the outcome of a game.  The same is true in all walks of life.  It may be the next step that brings victory.  The next job application that may land you some day as the CEO of a company.  The next knock for a Bible study that may produce the next preacher.  The next consideration of God’s word that may reveal truth to the seeker.  Little is much when God is in it. Paul said that he counted all but loss that he may win Christ.  Paul escaped death many times by what seems like inches and he became a champion of the gospel of Christ. Are you willing to keep pressing toward the mark for the prize?  If you are going to be a champion, sometimes you must grind it out in the mire.

Sing:  Jesus knows all about our struggles, He will guide till the day is done.  There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, no, not one! No, not one!

Thought For Today: “Inches make a champion.” Coach Vince Lombardi

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