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I Count All Things to Be Loss

March 1, 2018


I Count All Things to Be Loss

The apostle Paul had a huge change  in his life  when he finally realized the truth  about how Jesus was  the fulfillment  of Old Testament prophecy.     None of us have the power  to fulfill the words we say  regarding times  in the distant future.     We cannot even predict  what will happen tomorrow.     So,  Jesus being the fulfillment  of prophecy,  is a glorious show  of God’s power  that we need  to pay attention to.

Paul felt so blessed  to know Jesus  as his Savior  that he spent the rest  of his life  preaching the gospel — even though he met great opposition  and was often beaten,  imprisoned,  and whipped  in an effort  to shut him down.     In spite of all that,  Paul rejoiced  and wrote  in Philippians 3:8,

I count all things  to be loss  in view  of the surpassing value  of knowing Christ Jesus  my Lord.

We cannot say we  “know”  Jesus  because a friend  or relative  is a Christian.     It is only when we spiritually realize  Jesus is our Savior  that we can personally  know Him.     We must know Him  for ourselves.     To know something  about Jesus  is not the same  as knowing Him  as our Friend  and Redeemer.

All of God’s word  reveals Jesus  and shows us  His divine  and human natures.     In the Bible  we learn to know Jesus  as our Prophet,  Priest, and King.     In other words:

  • What Jesus prophesies  comes true
  • The sacrifice Jesus made pays  for all our sins
  • And,  Jesus rules  over all things  because He is the King of kings

We need  to meditate  on everything the Bible says  about Jesus  so that we can begin  to grasp the greatness  of His being and love,  which are beyond human words.     If we ever honestly get  to know Jesus,  we will love Him.     And when we love Him,  just having Him live  in our hearts  will be worth  so much more  than whatever head knowledge and riches  we might have.

The more we know  about Jesus  and let Him live  in our hearts,  the more we will want  to know about Him.    And  as we surely have to continually go  through various trials,  and doubts,  and pains  of many sorts,  Jesus will be there  to strengthen  and keep us,  so that we can remain  at peace  in the midst  of our troubles.

The better we get  to know Jesus,  the more we will realize  that having Him  in our hearts  is worth so much more  than anything else  on earth.

As we meditate  on His word  and grow  in His grace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your glory  and greatness  surpass everything we ever imagined.     Certainly,  all glory is  to Your holy name.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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