PHIL 3:12 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. 13Brothers, 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, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
This week we have been looking at some things to help us leave 2008 in the best way possible. Monday we forgot the past. Tuesday we stretched our faith and reached beyond our comfort zone. Today, the final day of 2008, we press on towards the goal to win the prize. The good news is that the year is over and YOU are still here! You may have thought that those challenges and trials were going to get the best of you but instead, they brought out the best in you!
There was a woman in Mark 5 that pressed on until she was able to touch Jesus. She had been sick for more than a decade. She had done everything she knew to do in order to get well but nothing worked. She heard Jesus was coming and she made a decision to press through the crowd to get to Him. Nobody paid any attention to her. Still she pressed on. Those surrounding Him as He walked to Jairus' house never noticed her. Still she pressed on. And then it happened. She touched Him! He realized that something had happened. She was able to extract power from Him with her faithful touch.
You may need healing in your body. You may need your emotions and mind healed from hurtful words and actions from those around you. You may have tried everything you know to do in order to move past this and still you are in pain and discouraged. On this final day of 2008, do what the lady did...press on toward the goal. Press on to win the prize. You will be victorious and you will make it through. You can turn Jesus in your direction with a simple touch of faith.
You have done great this year and you are here with Cup of Joe at the end of another year, praising God and giving Him glory. Be thankful for what you have done and the lessons that you have learned through the trials. Now press on...right through the dropping of the ball in Time Square! Say Goodbye 2008! Thanks for everything! Now I'm pressing on to touch Christ until power leaves Him and comes into my life!