“A computer on every desk and in every home.” – Bill Gates
Proverbs 29:18a MSG – “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.”
Proverbs 29:18 MSG – “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves. But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision.” – Helen Keller
Philippians 3:1-6 CSB – In addition, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a safeguard for you.
2 Watch out for the dogs, watch out for the evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh— 4 although I have reasons for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee; 6 regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless.
Philippians 3:7-8 CSB – But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ
Philippians 3:9-11 CSB – and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.
Philippians 3:12 CSB – Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 CSB – Brothers and sisters, I do no consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
Forget What’s Behind
Isaiah 43:16-19 NIV – This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Reach for What’s Ahead
Reading the Bible at least 4 times a week decreases the likelihood you’ll:
- Drink to excess -62%
- View pornography -59%
- Have sex outside of marriage -59%
- Lash out in anger -31%
- Gossip -28%
- Neglect family -26%
- Overeat or mishandle food -20%
- Mishandle money -20%
- Feel bitter -40%
- Think destructively about yourself -32%
- Feel like you have to hide what you do or feel -32%
- Have difficultly forgiving others – 31%
- Feel discouraged -31%
- Experience loneliness -30%
Pursue the Goal