Don’t give in to temptation and give up on the Lord, but keep in mind the glory of your coming resurrection and press on toward that goal.

BibleGateway: Philippians 3:7-14

ESV Text: Philippians 3:7-14

Philippians 3:7–14 (Listen)

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Straining Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 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,

     9 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: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 608:
Let Thoughtless Thousands Choose

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Let thoughtless thousands choose the road 
That leads the soul away from God; 
This happiness, dear Lord, be mine, 
To live and die entirely Thine. 

2. On Christ, by faith, I fain would live, 
From Him my life, my all, receive, 
To Him devote my fleeting hours, 
Serve Him alone with all my pow’rs. 

3. Christ is my everlasting All; 
To Him I look, on Him I call; 
He will my ev’ry want supply 
In time and thro’ eternity. 

4. Soon will the Lord, my Life, appear; 
Soon shall I end my trials here, 
Leave sin and sorrow, death and pain. 
To live is Christ, to die is gain. 

5. Soon will the saints in glory meet, 
Soon walk through every golden street, 
And sing on every blissful plain: 
To live is Christ, to die is gain. 


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