Verse of the Week | Philippians 3:14

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14, KJV

At Teen Extreme last week, this was our camp verse to go with the theme, Driven. What a perfect verse for a reviving week of camp!

As Christians and humans, it is so easy to fall into a habitual spiritual life. You can read your Bible and pray every single day. You can consistently go to church and fellowship with Christian friends. You can even go soulwinning every Saturday morning. That all sounds like evidence of an A+ Christian, right?

But are you driven?

Personally, even if I’m doing all the right things, like I mentioned above, I can drift into a lukewarm state of mind. Living for God becomes old hat.

I don’t get much out of my devotions, and later that day I can’t remember what I studied. I’m not open to learning anything new from church. I ignore the meaning of the words in my Christian music. All this can be so easy to do! It’s easy to stop being driven.

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But how do I keep pressing toward the mark? Well, the night before camp, I heard a sermon on a similar subject, and I began to do some things the speaker suggested.

  1. Remember to ask for the Holy Spirit’s leading. Always, before a sermon or devotions or anything, ask that God speaks to you! If you truly want to grow and be driven, he’s not going to hold back.
  2. Keep a Holy Spirit journal. Humans are forgetful. “That was such a good message! But… What was it on?” Ever thought that before? Keep a notebook with you (or a notebook app) and write down what the Holy Spirit says to you. Then, pray that God will help you in those areas.

It is impossible to stay driven on your own, so give God opportunities every day to motivate you! He will!

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.– 2 Corinthians 4:16, KJV

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2, KJV

What verses do you use to stay driven?

12 Comments Add yours

  1. vicklea says:

    Good, encouraging post! And the idea of a Holy Spirit journal is inspiring!

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  2. I need to keep a journal like that – sort of like the journals I wrote in for you kids as when you were little and growing and changing so quickly. Great idea.

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    1. Yeah, I liked it too!

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  3. The primary verses that motivate me in my life are Proverbs 3:5-6.
    I think with motivation comes encouragement, and with these things come inspiration, as so on, as the Holy Spirit leads us.

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    1. Amen! That’s true.


  4. Heaven says:

    Wonderful post, Shae!! Gosh, a lot of times we think that if we do the things we’re supposed to do as Christians (like the things you mentioned above), then we’re good. However, spending time with God shouldn’t be something to check off on our list of to-do’s. Time with God should be intimate, so we can get to know our Savior. As humans, we have a motive in the back of our head, but we really need to stop. pray and ask God to help us stay driven and motivated. Our time with Him should be genuine and a desire. I think I’m going to try those tips, as well! 😊❤

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    1. Amen! I feel the same way. I am loving the Holy Spirit journal.

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  5. lynnabbott says:

    Wow, Shae! What a powerful post! You inspire us all! To respond to your question, let me say that I think my consciousness of my own inadequacies drives me to Jesus on a daily basis more than anything. But I also find I turn to the books of Romans and Philippians again and again for encouragement. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Those are such good books! I like Philippians especially.


  6. T. R. Noble says:

    I have a notebook I use especially for sermons because it IS so easy to forget things. I want to work more on just asking God to speak to me before sermons though. I will say I see how He connects current things in my life to the sermons 97% of the time, and I’m always grateful for it!

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    1. Yes! I’ve loved using and learning from it.

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