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Summary: 1 of 4. Paul told the Philippian Christians the value & means of maintaining a proper level of commitment to Christ. Christians are expected to maintain their commitment to Christ. But Who will, & How? Those who maintain their commitment to Christ...

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CHOOSING EXCELLENCE Over Loss—Php. 3:7-16

Wal-Mart Photo shop worker is approached by a teenaged girl who wanted her boyfriend’s picture duplicated.

She wanted the back of the picture inscribed with—‘My dearest Tommy, I love you with all my heart. My love for you grows stronger with each passing day. I will love you forever & ever. I am yours for all eternity. With all my love , Diane’

But, Diane also had a P.S.(post script) hastily scribbled on the message which read—‘If we should ever break up, I want this picture back!’

It seems Diane was unable to maintain a worthwhile level of commitment to Tommy!

?Are You unable to maintain the level of commitment necessary to honor Jesus?

Need:

1Sam. 7:3— “And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods & the Ashtoreths & commit yourselves to the LORD & serve him only, & he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”

Paul told the Philippian Christians the value & means of maintaining a high level of commitment to Christ.

Christians are expected to maintain their commitment to Christ.

How can Christians maintain their commitment to Christ?

4 secrets to maintaining commitment to Christ.

To maintain your commitment to Christ...

1—Those who maintain their commitment to Christ...

SEPARATE TRASH From TREASURE(:7-8)

Explanation:(:7-8)Learn to Discern/Divide/Untangle/Gain vs. Loss

:7—“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.”

There are “things” which we CAN afford to lose.

Conversely/Oppositely there are “things” which we CANNOT afford to lose.

Likewise, there are “things” which bring downfall & detriment to the child of God. And there are also things which bring him/her great benefit.

For the lost man, the “things” which are ‘of the flesh’ are “counted”/considered to be beneficial(“gain”) to him & his secular society/culture.

However, these same “things” which I at one time(in my lostness) considered as beneficial(“gain”), I now(in my saved state) consider to be detrimental or as “loss.”

The “things” of the world are only considered “loss” if & when they are correctly assessed/evaluated in the light/reality of Christ. The determination of “loss” vs. “gain” can only be reckoned as such in the mind & heart of the disciple of Jesus. Jesus’ disciples prioritize Jesus & make decisions based upon that commitment!

A supposed or perceived “gain”(by a deceived heart) can actually in reality be a “loss.”

“But”(See :8, 9)—alla—Conjunction—1) But—1a) Nevertheless, notwithstanding, 1b) An objection, 1c) An exception, 1d) A restriction, 1e) Nay, rather, yea, moreover, 1f) Forms a transition to the cardinal matter. Strong—neuter plural of allov[else, i.e. different]; properly--Other things, i.e. adverbially--Contrariwise(in many relations). RWP—Perhaps, "nevertheless," in spite of the difference just noted.

“What Things/Whatever Things”—ostiv, including the feminine--htiv & the neuter--o,ti—Pronoun—1) Whoever, whatever, who. Strong—Which some, i.e. Any that; also(def.)--Which same.

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