1. Jesus Christ over everything else
Whatever was to your profit means nothing without Christ
Status means nothing
Your identity means nothing without Christ
Salvation is our goal but we can’t get there without Christ
We rejoice because of Christ’s finished work
1 Pet 1:6-7 “6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
Your zeal for God means nothing if it is not in accord with Christ
Rom 10:2-4 “2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
Submit to God’s righteousness
Christ is our Righteousness
Without Christ, Righteousness is impossible
Everything doesn’t matter
2. Forget what is behind, continue to the goal
Stop living on yesterday’s victories
Stop living on yesterday’s blessings
To move ahead you must leave the past behind
Time to move out the old and make room for the new
Is 43:19 “19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
A way in the desert
Desert: arid land with usually sparse vegetation; especially : such land having a very warm climate and receiving less than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of sporadic rainfall annually
Wasteland: Barren or uncultivated land; an ugly often devastated or barely inhabitable place or area; something (such as a way of life) that is spiritually and emotionally arid and unsatisfying
San Antonio is finishing the year with 11.51” rainfall
The average is 32.38” rainfall
We have been in a natural desert-like year
Forget what is behind—God is making a WAY in the desert
Is 35:5-8 “5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.
The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.”
Get ready for a FLOW from God
3. Fight to the finish
Jesus came to earth to die a sinner’s death
Jesus completed His task
Jesus said, “It is Finished!”
2 Tim 4:7 “7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Fight a good fight: remain faithful to God and the Gospel message despite opposition
1 Tim 1:18 “18 Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight,”
1 Tim 6:12 “12 Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Finish the race: Follow Jesus even when you want to give up
Jn 6:68 “68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.”
Keep the Faith: Stay faithful to the end; Faithfully preach the Gospel message—the Good News
Answer the bell
4. Live up to what you’ve attained
Attained: succeed in achieving (something that one desires and has worked for); Attain means to “reach, achieve, or accomplish” through the means of hard work.
After months of studying, I finally attained a passing grade on my final exam.
Obtain means to “get or acquire something.”
Walk in line with your attainment
Presidents are still presidents even after they are no longer in office
Champions are still champions even when they are no longer champions
There is a standard reached through hard work
Live up to that and continue to strive for better
You have worked hard to be a Christian—don’t live like unbelievers
1 Cor 9:26-27 “26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.
27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Live in harmony and mutual cooperation in spite of whatever difference of opinions may exist
Out with the Old way of doing things
In with the New way of the FLOW of the Spirit of God