Philippians 3:1-16, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering. Being made conformable unto His death”
I believe that for us to be overcomers in the flesh we have to seriously be in tune with God. What we align ourselves with will either draw us close or push us further away from where we need to be. Therefore when we pray to be daily filled with the Holy Spirit, that does not mean we are getting more of the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit getting more of us.
Galatians 2:20, reads “ I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” This is where it all begins, dying to self, crucifying the flesh which does not want the things from above, the things of God. Paul tells us in Philippians 3: vs. 2 of the things we need to be aware of especially those who will try to deceive us (the evil workers), in fact he says be aware of dogs and the main thing he talks about is “…have no confidence in the flesh”. Flesh is the no. 1 enemy of the Sprit that’s why we read over and over again “crucify the flesh”. Paul had every reason to trust in the flesh because of his background, walking with Christ and learning more of Him changed his life and all he ever counted on, all the knowledge, success, and where he came from he labeled them as rubbish. KJV uses the word dung instead of rubbish to describe how worthless those things were compared to knowing Christ.
My flesh surprises me many times, I don’t trust it even for a minute. Just when you think you have it under control, it will surprise you with something else. The bible says, “…flee youthful lusts”, it does not say deal with it, fix it, pray over it or stay strong, it simply says “flee for your life“. Samson thought with the anointing of God in his life he could play with sin to overcome it, well sin is not a respecter of persons. We all know what happened to him, we can be like Joseph who ran for his life.
Vs. 10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering. Being made conformable unto His death”. Knowing all that you know about your life and discovering that it’s nothing compared to who Christ is, you will be like Paul who saw himself in his state and began to desire more of Christ. You will never desire more of Christ until you have you have counted all that you have, education, money, success as rubbish in comparison to Christ. He realized that he needed more to which he says, “…that he may know him” not about Him and “… the power of His resurrection”.
Vs. 12-14, He reminds us that with all that he counted loss, he gained more of Christ. His desire at this moment was to forget those things which were behind and press on for the things which were (are) before and that is Christ. To reach Christ is the goal that he had set for himself, to gain Christ is the prize he would have attained. It all comes back to Philippians 2:12, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For this to work, Vs. 15&16 says, “Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” I desire to know Him more and more, the only way is to decrease that He may increase, less of me and more of Him, none of me and whole of Him as I press in and press on. Blessings Ev