Give Yourself a Firm Kick Spiritually

This is what I often think to myself when times come when I become discouraged and disheartened.

Paul wrote: in Phil. 3  NIV

Please take the time to read this carefully.

No Confidence in the Flesh

Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, 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 is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to knowChrist—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Following Paul’s Example

15 All of us, then, 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. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

I think of Paul giving himself a “firm spiritual kick” and that really helps me to do the same.

The Lord is faithful and He will help you to stand true to Him.

It is most important that when you are going through a trial or heartache that we Pray.

Yes, even a short prayer….. like “HELP ME, LORD” and then get up off your humble knees spiritually speaking, since I can not kneel well.  Then get busy and start doing right as you Sing His Praise in Your Heart and set about to do anything you can to take your mind in the direction of serving him.

  • do dishes
  • mow the lawn
  • clean the closet
  • make a phone call to a shut in
  • send a card to someone who needs to be encouraged and share how you get encouragement
  •  go for a brisk walk or jog – hard on the knees.   🙁
  • ask your parent (youths) if there is something you can do to help them (after they get over the shock) get busy and do it with a spring in your steps and JOY in your heart and even better do something your parents or spouse has already asked you to do and let it be a surprise.

Remember that the way to REAL JOY is

JESUS FIRST

OTHERS SECOND

YOURSELF LAST

Come on maybe that is your real problem.  SELF!

OH ME!

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