Saturday, May 14, 2016

"Losing All Things, and Gaining Christ"

“Losing All Things, and Gaining Christ”



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 Christ---the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.        Philippians 3:7-9


After Paul’s DRAMATIC conversion on the Damascus Road, his outlook on life changed DRAMATICALLY.  Those things that he had once held dear to his heart became insignificant to him.  To him, the worth of KNOWING Christ Jesus, not JUST KNOWING ABOUT Him, but KNOWING Him, having a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with Him, became MUCH MORE valuable then ALL of his earthly things and his selfish ambitions. 


Paul’s outlook reflected the content of his heart. The same as it does with each of us.  Paul begin to realize that ALL those things he possessed were NOW to him garbage, in order for him to GAIN Christ and be found in Him RIGHTEOUS, NOT with a RIGHTEOUSNESS of Paul’s own, which would come from his obedience to the law, which in the eyes of Almighty God, Paul’s own righteousness is like filthy rags, but it is a RIGHTEOUSNESS that comes through FAITH in Christ---that is from GOD and it is obtained on the basis of FAITH.


When we come to Jesus Christ, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, for the SALVATION of our soul, we should follow the Apostle Paul’s example and seek a CLOSE RELATIONSHIP with Christ, realizing that NOTHING we own is more VALUABLE than KNOWING Christ, and having a RIGHTEOUSNESS that is NOT of our own doing, but comes from allowing the Holy Spirit of God to work in our HEART, and to CLOTHE us in the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ Jesus.


If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you really don’t have a relationship with Him at all, and are destined for Hell, the place of torment, torture, pain, agony, heartache, and despair.   However, you can change that destination, by coming to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, be clothed in the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ Jesus, and on your way to HEAVEN.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!



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