Philippians 3:12-21

12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained. 17 Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. 18 For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], 19 whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. 20 But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.


My active choice to press–on is not selfish ambitious, but rather a deepening awareness that my citizenship lays elsewhere, in Heaven. Therefore, with this reckoning, I am different then this present world describes life to be lived. I should want to live different, living full in Christ.

A willing, obedient soul is being completely refashioned (transformed) from within. One glories day that soul will have it’s glorious resurrected body through Jesus Christ…what a day that will be! But until then, what a day it is to be complete in Christ walking with Him, being fueled through the engrafted work of Jesus Christ.

Are you being changed from the inside out or the outside in? There’s a difference. It’s easy to say, “I’m a Christian.”

2019 has begun. We have 365 days in front of us. 2019 needs nothing but Christ front and centered. In our life, in our goals, whatever it may be. As He remains front and centered, His plans will then begin to unfold and unravel keeping us in the center of His will…and that is the best place to be!

2019 isn’t about us, neither was 2018 for that matter, it’s about Christ, Christ in us, the wonder working power of what Christ can do and will do in a life of a willing soul.

Are you willing? He is!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

that Wee Little Man…

  • Most of us know this little childhood song…sing it with me:

Zacchaeus was a wee little man,
A wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree
For the Lord he wanted to see;

And as the Savior passed that way,
He looked up in the tree,
And He said, “Zacchaeus you come down!”
For I’m going to your house today,
For I’m going to your house today.

  • The author is unknown. The imparted profound. The account of Zacchaeus is found in Luke 19:1-10.

Zacchaeus

  • Will the LORD not do the same for YOU!?!?
  • He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
    • The same Jesus that prepared that sycamore tree for Zacchaeus, the same Jesus that walked by Zacchaeus, the same Jesus that talked, ate, and changed Zacchaeus’ life — is the SAME Jesus today that prepares the way for you. The same Jesus that walks with you through the valley of the shadows of death and rejoices with you on the mountaintops. He is the same Jesus that talks with you: through His Word and uses your Pastor(s) in that process as well. The same Jesus that changes your heart.

Zacchaeus, you, and I know the same Jesus — the difference is our response.

What will you do with Jesus?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

a Prayer

“God, You are so good. You’d think I’d learn, but I still catch myself in doubt, fear, growing weary in going well; yet precious Lord, you are always and forever unchangeably good. You are Almighty God. You are, have always been and always will be thee answer, the author and finisher of my faith! You are steadfast, unmoveable in your rightness. Oh Lord, help my unbelief. I don’t like it there, yet it rears its ugly head from time to time. Please forgive this doubt in me; when I choose to see “it” bigger than You. I know…I know I am weak in myself and strong in You, please help me to get out of the way so that I may trust only You, walk by faith, live in love, and serve you without bondage. I love You, Lord!”

Your daughter, Colleen

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

a thought to consider…

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

One-Focus

*Credit to YouVersion for the picture

Oh Lord, may the focus of my soul, heart, and mind be to the audience of One, You! And through this One-focus may you create in me your likeness to be what you have ordained (predetermined) me to become, and live. May your spirit supercede my own.

To God be the glory and your servant, Colleen Woodruff

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Aside

deliberate faith

Live intentionally intent by walking through faith deliberately fixed on God and who He is no matter what circumstance you find yourself in or how you may feel will result in divine sight.

  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” Hebrews 14:8.
  • …”walk by faith, and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

that Wee Little Man…

  • Most of us know this little childhood song…sing it with me:

Zacchaeus was a wee little man,
A wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree
For the Lord he wanted to see;

And as the Savior passed that way,
He looked up in the tree,
And He said, “Zacchaeus you come down!”
For I’m going to your house today,
For I’m going to your house today.

  • The author is unknown. The imparted profound. The account of Zacchaeus is found in Luke 19:1-10.

Zacchaeus

  • Will the LORD not do the same for YOU!?!?
  • He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
    • The same Jesus that prepared that sycamore tree for Zacchaeus, the same Jesus that walked by Zacchaeus, the same Jesus that talked, ate, and changed Zacchaeus’ life — is the SAME Jesus today that prepares the way for you. The same Jesus that walks with you through the valley of the shadows of death and rejoices with you on the mountaintops. He is the same Jesus that talks with you: through His Word and uses your Pastor(s) in that process as well. The same Jesus that changes your heart.

Zacchaeus, you, and I know the same Jesus — the difference is our response.

What will you do with Jesus?