12Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
John 10:27-3027My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30I and My Father are one.”
21You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.
Romans 10:8-138But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Philippians 1:6…that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
21But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3:18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Philippians 2:13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Romans 7:15-2515For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Proverbs 24:16For a righteous man may fall seven timesAnd rise again,But the wicked shall fall by calamity.
1 Corinthians 10:12-1312Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Romans 6:1-141What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.5For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
1 Peter 2:11-1211Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Ephesians 4:30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Matthew 26:41“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
…but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Joshua 24:15And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Psalm 65:4Blessed is the man You choose,And cause to approach You,That he may dwell in Your courts.We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,Of Your holy temple.
John 6:44No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Ephesians 2:8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Philippians 3:1313Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
Acts 20:24But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Mark 16:15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Psalm 1131Praise the LORD!Praise, O servants of the LORD,Praise the name of the LORD!2Blessed be the name of the LORDFrom this time forth and forevermore!3From the rising of the sun to its going downThe LORD’s name is to be praised.4The LORD is high above all nations,His glory above the heavens.5Who is like the LORD our God,Who dwells on high,6Who humbles Himself to beholdThe things that are in the heavens and in the earth?7He raises the poor out of the dust,And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,8That He may seat him with princes—With the princes of His people.9He grants the barren woman a home,Like a joyful mother of children.Praise the LORD!
Ecclesiastes 12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:Fear God and keep His commandments,For this is man’s all.
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
Yet in practice, it’s hard to just forget our reprehensible sins of the past. Another of our enemy’s most effective lies is his continual reminder of our old sins. We know that, in addition to whispering his accusing lies into our hearts, he also stands before God in Heaven doing the same. Yet we may take heart in knowing that he will be eventually be defeated and cast out…
7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
1 John 1:9 – 2:2
9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
John 10:7-107Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Psalm 103A Psalm of David.1Bless the LORD, O my soul;And all that is within me, bless His holy name!2Bless the LORD, O my soul,And forget not all His benefits:3Who forgives all your iniquities,Who heals all your diseases,4Who redeems your life from destruction,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,5Who satisfies your mouth with good things,So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.6The LORD executes righteousnessAnd justice for all who are oppressed.7He made known His ways to Moses,His acts to the children of Israel.8The LORD is merciful and gracious,Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.9He will not always strive with us,Nor will He keep His anger forever.10He has not dealt with us according to our sins,Nor punished us according to our iniquities.11For as the heavens are high above the earth,So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;12As far as the east is from the west,So far has He removed our transgressions from us.13As a father pities his children,So the LORD pities those who fear Him.14For He knows our frame;He remembers that we are dust.15As for man, his days are like grass;As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,And its place remembers it no more.17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlastingOn those who fear Him,And His righteousness to children’s children,18To such as keep His covenant,And to those who remember His commandments to do them.19The LORD has established His throne in heaven,And His kingdom rules over all.20Bless the LORD, you His angels,Who excel in strength, who do His word,Heeding the voice of His word.21Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.22Bless the LORD, all His works,In all places of His dominion.Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Philippians 3:1414I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 25:23His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’