Friday, November 26, 2010

Press On

They lost everything.  Everything.
Friends opened their home to them and invited them to live with them.  They encouraged them to think of it as a step to gain strength. to move forward. One of my mentors said that when we face challenges we need to gain strength to press on. 

Press is a strong word, meaning to exert a significant amount of weight.

There are real battles that require divine strength to press on.  It is through God we receive the kind of strength we need to press on through the battles as He did for the Exodus people:  Amalek came and fought Israel at Rephidim. Moses ordered Joshua: "Select some men for us and go out and fight Amalek. Tomorrow I will take my stand on top of the hill holding God's staff."(Exodus 17: 8-9, The Message).

The thing is . . . Moses needed to press on by having the vision that ultimately the battle belonged to God . . . relying on the strength of God, as well as His wisdom, to face the battle. 

The Apostle Paul used the phrase, press on, when he wrote to the Philippians describing how he would cross the finish line of his life on earth: No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.(Philippians 3:13-14, NLT)

So. As Paul said, we have to forget the "stuff" and press on with the vision of what lies ahead, with faith that God will provide the way to win the battle, as we look forward to crossing the finish line . . . "Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on . . ."
Look forward to crossing the line.
Gain strength through the power and presence of Christ.
Press on.
Learning to KickStart the day pressing on,


(written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2010 All Rights Reserved)