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Philippians 3:13-15 &16 Introduction: The Apostle Paul here is exhorting the brethren to be like minded in these things, to have the same mind. We can be like minded and not think alike. The question here is what kind of mind is this that Paul speak of? It is a mind that is focused on Christ and that is pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, vs God saved us and called us. Called us unto his his eternal glory by Christ Jesus. You and I should should have this mind that Paul speaks of, it should be our main focus. It should be on the forefront at all times. So this evening I would like to take our focus off of the Presidential election, Congress, Senate, and anything else that is taking the preeminence over Christ and put our attention on Christ. If we are going to be like-minded and have a mind that’s focused on Christ like the Apostle Paul had then we must: I. Know Christ- Phil 3:7-8 “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord”. Nothing else mattered to Paul except Jesus Christ. Paul counted all things but loss in order to know Christ in a more excellent way. Forget politics, forget religion, forget playing games with Christ. Stay in the BIBLE and stay in PRAYER. A. Have to be committed- Paul was 100 percent committed, everything that he had or could possibly have. “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” - II Cor 11:25-28- That is a true commitment to know Christ and have others know Him too. - IF you spent your whole life getting to know Christ and living by what He says and the thing learned, you would have lived a life well lived with zero regrets. Thats a fact. You know why? You would have been in the perfect will of God for your life. B. Must be willing to lose some things- Phil 3:7 - “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ”. “I count all things but loss” Paul was completely in, no regrets. You might loose some things for getting to know Christ more and more. How? You will conform to His word and change the things that are not pleased to God and you will do the things that God is well pleased. And the world, your family, and co-workers will not like it. II. Speak of Christ- Phil 3:20 “for our conversation is in heaven”. Instead of talking about politics, possessions, plenty, money, wealth, acceptance, position, honor and fame, talk about Christ. Romans 8:5-6 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be Carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”. If your going to boast about anyone boast about CHRIST. Tell others how good he has been to you and to you family even in the midst of anything that may be happening around us. Speak about how He is mighty to save the lost. A.-Speak of His resurrection- Phil 3:10“and the power of his resurrection”. The power to raise Christ from the dead shows that God has the power to raise men from the dead. The believer shall experience the great resurrection power of God and be resurrected from the dead. John 6:40- “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day. I Corinthians 15:3-4 “ for I delivered unto you first of all that chi I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. -Hopefully by speaking this, people would come to know the Lord. III. Wait for Christ- Phil 3:20- “from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ”. The next event in Prophecy is to be taken out of this earth, to be raptured out of here. Are you patiently and actively waiting and looking for Jesus Christ? A. Coming in the Clouds- I Thess 4:16-18 Keep looking up for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be waiting actively and not idly. B. For the Blessed Hope- Titus 2:12-13 “Teaching us that , denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our savior Jesus Christ. -Waiting fo the Lord Jesus Christ to take us out should be comforting to you and I, it is the only hope that we have as a Christian. I Corinthians 15:19- “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”. David Looked up: Psalm 5:1-3 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Conclusion: I’m trying to put your focus back on Christ and His goodness instead of the news and it’s sadness. Focus on Knowing Christ more and more, focus on speaking about Christ when the opportunity is right, and wait for Christ by knowing He could come at ANY minute. Live a life that is focused on Christ.