Principles To Help Make Spiritual Progress
- SCRIPTURE READING: (Philippians
3:4-21. Note verses Philippians
- PAULS WRITINGS WERE INSPIRED BUT NOT
- The Holy Ghost would be with Paul as the
other inspired men in writing the message of God.
Peter 1:20-21 = "Knowing this first, that
no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
but holly men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
- Pauls personal life was his responsibility.
None of the apostles were inspired to live a Christian life.
Which Paul was very much aware of in our opening passage:
- He had to count all things a loss that
he may have Christ ( Philippians
- He had to be found having his own righteousness
through faith in Christ ( Philippians
- He had to know Christ, believe the resurrection
of Christ, be partaker of the Lords suffering and
death ( Philippians
Paul knew his life had to be a " living sacrifice"
and in no way let it be "conformed to this world"
that he might present his body, "holy and acceptable
unto God" (Romans
- He had to attain unto the resurrection
of the dead ( Philippians
3:11). Paul knew as did the other New Testament
writers that only those that "
the end, the same shall be saved." = Matthew
- He had not apprehended (that is: once
saved always saved), but had to "
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God
in Christ Jesus" ( Philippians
- The heavenly goal was still before him
and this required Spiritual progress.
- Spiritual progress is achieved only by
following the principles of spiritual development.
- True progress is not achieved by accident.
- Physical growth is achieved by principles
of development laid down by God.
- Knowledge is gained through the development
of education principles.
- Spiritual growth is achieved only by
the application of God given principles.
- WHAT THEN ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL
( In verses Philippians
3:13-14 of our text, Paul helps us with this:)
- ONE MUST HAVE A DEFINITE PURPOSE IN MIND.
- Paul kept before him the goal he wanted
to achieve or reach. Philippians
3:13 = "Brethren, I count not myself go
have apprehended: but this one thing I do,"
3:14 = "
I press toward the mark
for the prize
". The ASV says: "l
press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling
of God in Christ Jesus."
- It is easy for an individual to waste
away his energy and power either alone, or with others.
- Each of us has to have some aim in life
and make a resolution and that to the best of his ability
he will seek to realize it.
- Paul in his other writings expresses his
aim with these words:
Corinthians 5:9 = "Wherefore we labor, that,
whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him."
Corinthians 9:26-27 = "I therefore so run;
not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the
air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:
lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway."
Timothy 4:6-8 = "For I am now ready to be
offered, and the time of departure is at hand. I have fought
a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:
and not to me only , but unto all them also that love his appearing."
the Lord said in Matthew
6:33 = "But seek ye first the kingdom of
God; and his righteousness;
- ONE MUST BE INDEPENDENT OF THE PAST:
- Paul sought to (or endeavored to) forget
his past fleshly inheritance and achievements (See.
- Paul did not forget his past in the sense
of not being able to recall them to mind, for this he did.
But not to recall them with the sense of looking to them as
the reason for failure to do his full duty in the future.
- The forgetting the past as here indicated
is that of displacing that memory of the past with a stronger
concentration on that which is before. This gradually weakens
the memory of the past till it gradually fades away to that
which is before. This is truly spiritual progress.
- ONE MUST CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS IN SPIRITUAL
- Paul said: "I press on toward
the mark for the prize (ASV says: "goal unto
is expressing calculated effort that is ceaseless.
2:13-14 = "For it is God which worketh
in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all
things without murmurings and disputings:"
2:10 = "For we are his workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them."
NOTE: If then
it is God who works in us, then we must not relax our efforts
of spiritual growth and progress.
- Christian perfection can only be reached
by definite and strenuous effort.
- Paul wrote in II
Timothy 3:16-17 = "All scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works."
- That which enables faith (Romans
10:17) and gives us purpose, must never be allowed
to take the place of performance.
NOTE: It is
impossible to make a man good who will not endeavor to be
- There must be continued concentration on
that which we have set as our goal.
- HAVE YOU BEGUN YOUR SPIRITUAL PROGRESS TO
- HOW IS YOUR SPIRITUAL PROGRESS?
- IF YOUR GOAL IS RIGHT, AND YOU ARE PROGRESSING
IN THE RIGHT WAY, THEN YOU HAVE NO FEAR OF THE FINAL OUTCOME
OF REACHING IT.
- The one that endures to the end shall be
- The one faithful unto death will receive
the crown of life (Revelation
- The only way to achieve the goal is through
the strait gate (Matthew
- The strait gate to the Fathers heavenly
home is Christ (John
- IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT IS HINDERING,
BLOCKING, YOUR SPIRITUAL PROGRESS REMOVE IT TODAY. (see Hebrews
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