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31 Jul

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11, NRSV)

I love this passage because Paul just lays it all out here.

He talks about why he should be able to boast. In the verses right before this he says:

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Yet whatever I have gained from this, I regard it all as loss. Nothing compares to what I have in Jesus. I can do nothing better than what He has already done for me. In fact, everything in life is rubbish, dung, crap. It is nothing.

Once we understand this, the power of Christ will emanate from our lives and we will be living the life Jesus has called us to.

So make the breakthrough and know what He has for you.

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