Press On!

While listening to a message preached on religious television, I was inspired to share on the topic of being “In Training.” Many individuals are in training, 1577955_f260because they want to get healthy. Perhaps they have put on a few pounds in not very flattering areas, or they just want to build muscle in various areas of their bodies. Both are good reasons to develop a training regiment, for sure! One of my nephews is attempting to eat healthier, in hopes of losing a few pounds. He’s at that age where youngsters become more focused on their appearance. However, after just a few days in, his sentiments were, “it’s not easy.” Many who decide to begin this journey, want instant gratification. They want results, without putting in the hard work and effort necessary to get positive results. However, once they become invested, there is a paradigm shift in their thinking. They realize things aren’t going to happen overnight. They realize it isn’t going to be easy, nor is it going to be fun all of the time. They experience an epiphany, that it’s going to take developing a plan with both short-term and long-term goals, a lot of discipline, self denial, self sacrifice, and enduring much pain and hard work; such as altering their diets, jogging, weightlifting, bicycling, joining a gym, etc. After putting in the hard work, trainees realize it was worth all the hard work put in, in order to achieve their goals. How does this relate to our Christian journeys? Let’s take a look at a few Scriptures.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord shall deliver us out of them all. (Psalm 34:19) Yea, and all who shall live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (II Timothy 3:12) Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. (I Peter 4:12-13) And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. (I Corinthians 9:25) I press toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

decline-bench-pressI heard Donnie McClurkin say, “We never arrive.” While on our Christian journeys, there is always a higher height and a deeper depth in the Lord to experience. As with bench pressing, a trainee starts with lifting a few pounds. Then, when they have built muscle to the point there is no longer resistance, it’s time to increase the weight of the barbells. As we go higher and higher in the Lord, and from glory to glory, the tests and trials become more difficult. There will be times when the godly will suffer persecution. We are to continue to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. “I press toward the mark – As he who was running a race did. The “mark” means properly the object set up at a distance at which one looks or aims, and hence the goal, or post which was set up at the end of a race-course, and which was to be reached in order that the prize might be won. Here it means that which is at the end of the Christian race – in heaven.” As with bench pressing, it’s a two-person team, the weightlifter and the spotter. When the weights become too heavy for the lifter, the spotter will step in, and give assistance. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you, as you go higher in Him. He will put no more on you than you can bear. When a trainee reaches their ultimate goal, there is a sense of accomplishment. It is realized, that all of the effort, the hard work, and the denying of oneself, was worth it all. We too must take up our crosses daily, and continue to follow the Lord. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know Him. The Word of God also says, for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us. For our light afflictions, which are but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Continue to press on the upward way, that you may receive the ultimate prize, eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day! 

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21 comments on “Press On!

  1. Thanks for sharing, Minister Paulette

    The more we bench press, the stronger our muscles grow. Likewise, when we press on in Him, we gain more and more spiritual strength. 🙂 … The cross is heavy, but without trials, we cannot grow.

    Trusting we will allow Him to order our steps as we press on in His love and grace.

    Blessings
    an

    • Hi Ann,

      “The cross is heavy, but without trials, we cannot grow.” So true! As students, as we passed from one grade to the next, the classes got more difficult. However, our knowledge base grew along the way. The tests that we passed in previous grades, readied us for the classes ahead. The more we grow and progress in the Lord, the more difficult the trials. I praise God that He will never leave us nor forsake us! May you be strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit, as you go higher in Him! Press on!

  2. Great analogies here Paulette. Thanks.
    One of my friends sometimes says “The devil hasn’t been bothering lately. Maybe I need to spend time with the Lord.” It is a fact of the Christian life that the devil doesn’t bother us when we are neglecting our Christian responsibilities. He is happy to leave us alone. On the other hand, the more we are doing with and for the Lord, the more he will try to stop us.

    We must “press on”. While we know things won’t be easy, we also know that we are not on our own and that His yoke is easy and my burden is lightened because of Him . . . and HE gives US the VICTORY.

    What an amazing God!

    • Hi Angela,

      Thank you! Your friend is definitely on to something! The devil is more than happy to leave us to our own vices, and to watch us fall away from the Lord! However, as soon as we get back up again, is his vacation over! God bless you! Thanks so much for your thought-provoking comment!

  3. ”While on our Christian journeys, there is always a higher height and a deeper depth in the Lord to experience.” – thanks for being a food for my thoughts today!

    Thank you also for your prayers! (regarding my post about the earthquake) We are safe and sound in God’s arm here in Cebu. Though we are saddened by the continous havoc it brought to our sister city (Gihulngan, Negros), we are constantly watching and praying to God that our fellow countrymen will find to call on the true God here in my country. Thank you also for always supporting me here. God bless you! 🙂

    Praise be to God and I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining everyday.

    God’s love to you,

    Joyce

    • Hi Joyce,

      Glory to God! May His blessings be upon your life, as you strive to go higher and deeper in Him!

      I’m glad that you and your family members are okay! I am continuing to pray for those who are your countrymen, and find themselves in the areas of most devastation. May they begin to call upon the name of the one true and living God!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay safe in the Master’s arms!

  4. First of all, I love it here. 🙂 “A place of worship . . .tugging at the heartstrings of God”. You certainly help us to enter into that worshiping place! Thank you for being our blog land worship leader.
    As you show in the analogy, and as I sheepishly admit to falling prey to, the quest to lose weight and get healthier is harder than we want it to be. It reminds me of when I first came to Him and as a beginning believer everything was so wonderful. He watched over me like that spotter over a weight lifter. For the time would come when more weight would need to be added and I would need to grow in faith and trust. I was “sore” many times along the way and know I will be again and again, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
    God bless you as you keep pressing on and cheering so many on at the same time too! love and prayers!

    • Hi encouraging Debbie,

      Your heartfelt comment truly touched my humbled heart, indeed! You are sooooo welcome! 🙂 I consider it an honor, to lead others “into that worshiping place!”

      Thank you so much for sharing! Your entire comment meant so much to me. I do enjoy the way we are able to encourage one another, here in blog land! “I was “sore” many times along the way and know I will be again and again, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!” Amen, and praise the Lord! God bless you! Press on! Love and prayers!

  5. This is so good–Pressing on, to me, means not looking back–just focusing forward. Joyce Meyer sometimes talks about how the devil is not going to roll out the red carpet for us when we make our decision to follow Christ, and “just leave us alone”. His job is to make it tougher, try to get us to quit–but pressing on With Jesus. and IN Him, is Sweet! God bless you!!

  6. ”While on our Christian journeys, there is always a higher height and a deeper depth in the Lord to experience.”
    Great quote to live by. Another version of that is one I heard, You never stand still in the Christian life. You are either moving forward or falling back. I am guilty far too often of not pressing forward in both my physical life (excercise, etc.) and spiritual life. Thanks for the very encouraging (and somewhat convicting) post Paulette. Blessings! Mike

    • Hi Mike,

      I agree, that we never stand still in the Christian life. I’m so glad these words could serve as encouragement to you. That is definitely a blessing to me. “Press On!”

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