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Philippians 3:12-21

Paul's "press on toward the goal" speech is one of my favorites. So as I started reading I figured I'd be talking with you about pressing on and straining forward. Instead, my attention was drawn to verse 17 and this statement, "Brothers, join in imitating me..." I started thinking about how bold those words were and if I'd be comfortable saying them. I wasn't too sure about that, so I tried to dismiss it because this was, after all, Paul. But here's where I landed. Once we decide to follow Christ, our lives should say "join in imitating me."

Paul wasn't perfect. He wasn't sinless. But he was passionate and sold out to following Christ. We can be too. So what does that look like and how do we get there?

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As we walk with the Lord each day and get closer to Him in love, devotion, surrender, ....etc (as you mentioned "being passionate & sold out").

As more of our will is surrendered to Him; we will automatically develop a perfect hatred towards sin [we'll want to do things that only please the Lord]. We'll be living contrary to the world's system for sure.

And so, people will notice we are "different" than most & we can be examples towards others!

We all have to remember that we are not without SIN! And that God loves us all STILL. We are Christians, and we are his disciples just like Paul. So just remember that instead of us trying to Control our lives, remember that God has all power and he already knows. He how is without SIN. cast the first STONE, he already knew therefore, we need to remember........

To be sold out to Christ means allowing Him to have complete control of every part of our lives. This was the case for Paul, and this is why he could call for the Philippians to imitate him. They were imitating him inasmuch as he strove to live for Christ.

Once again I am thankful for the women in my life who love Christ and live their lives full of love, grace, worship, and kindness. I definately try to imitate them as they imitate Christ. (Verse 17)

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