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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for the First Church on the Net:

The Power of Persistence

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you" (Philippians 3:12-15)

One thing that we lack in the Body of Christ today is a holy persistence. Like the Children of Israel, we persist in tending to do the wrong thing instead of the right, and then we wonder why there is no power in our lives. How can the power of Christ exist in us, when most of the time instead of overcoming, we give up? To see what I mean, please look at the above Scripture with me, as though you are reading it for the first time.

Here Paul uses phrases like, ďNot that I have already... been made perfect, and ďI press on toward the goal.Ē Many of us, and none of us are excluded, can walk around like "Super-Christian," thinking that because we have a little knowledge we have arrived! But God says: "No - what you have learned is just the beginning.

While God commands us to study, knowledge should never be considered as an end in itself. Instead these facts about Christ should give us the freedom to follow Him, in a deeper way. Let me tell you what I mean.

I was in sales for twenty two years and hated it. I knew these verses but instead of living above my circumstances in Christ, I was bound by them. I allowed This bondage to keep me from experiencing God working in my life. Since God had to teach me the same things over and over, I did not find the freedom to persist to a deeper quality of life.

Now, letís talk about what you are going through. Although you may find your circumstances almost unbearable, there is one who wants to bear them for you. Get out of yourself and spend some time really getting to know God. Then and only then will you find the freedom to release the power to persist, which in turn, will give you a new outlook on life. We need it, for many times we confuse existing with living. Godís goal is for you to experience a life that overflows with love, joy, and peace, and In his presence you will find that and more, regardless of your outward circumstances, you can press on to new heights in the Lord.

Thank you for reading this, Pastor Timothy Burdick.

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You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

You can also telephone Pastor Timothy at 602-652-2179.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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