Dear God, I just want to say thank you for remaining a faithful God and for being continuous safe refuge that we can always run to. Thank you for loving us, flaws and all! Thank you for your patience and grace which you provide for us new every day. Thank you Lord for the fact I am not where I used to be and for giving us the privilege to walk in newness of life. Thank you for life and for every hidden blessing we overlook. Lord please touch the hearts of every person who comes into contact with this post, Lord if there is anyone that feels like giving up, please strengthen and encourage them. Lord please lead and guide this post.
In Jesus Name Amen.
I recently started going to the gym, to become healthier and more toned. To get the results I want I have to push myself, this means I have to learn to follow through and complete my workout! When you start to become tired, this is when I will try convince myself it doesn’t matter if you don’t complete the time. These thoughts start to begin, when you feel you have reached your limit, yet you have to keep going to reap the rewards.
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
The following video displays a great visual to today’s theme.
Breakdown of Olympic Video message:
- So many people start the race, but desire, aspiration and ambition alone does not enable you to complete the race.
- Sometimes to get to the finish line, you have to push through the discomfort, pain and frustration to make it.
- The Lord is with you in the midst of every rough storm and He strengthens you to achieve the task at hand.
- The Lord is with you every step of the way, He will never leave your side, even when you want to quit on yourself. God is still able and will remain faithful, even when you are faithless.
- The ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
- The capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.
- Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Bible Chapter Breakdown:
I was reading the book of Daniel today in regards to Shadrach, Meshach, Abed- Nego being thrown into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3-1-25). What I love about this chapter is, it challenges the misconceptions of being a christian. Sometimes people think that when you become a christian, you won’t go through hard times… this is not true.
King Nebuchadnezzar commanded for Shadrach, Meshach and Abed- Nego to be cast into the fiery furnace, with the heat turned up 7 times its normal rate. The guards who took the men into the furnace were killed by the heat, whilst the 3 men were unharmed. Once the king saw that the three men were able to withstand the heat, he gave praise to God and glorified Him.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke saying to his counselors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said to the king , ‘ True, O KING.”
‘Look!’ he answered ,’I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire;and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.’
Daniel 3:24- 25
I started a new job 6 months ago, I was thinking this opportunity will develop my skill set and enable me to grow. I’m starting to realize, the opportunities I most look forward to, are often the most challenging and end up being far different to my expectation of how things will go. I am starting to see the beauty in being stretched and the process of developing, being stretched involves being formed into a new shape. It’s hard because it’s unnatural to you, you are not used to the new dynamics and environment, and this is where fear tries to creep in.
I know in my heart, that this is where God has called me to be in this season of my life. And I am beginning to learn that regardless of how I may feel, I want God’s will to prevail which means I have trust and obey in God’s timing. We need to learn to meditate on God’s goodness and remind ourselves, He is working everything out for my good, every intention of God is pure. Now I can recognize, how much God has developed me as a person within the past few months and the character building which has taken place. For the fruits of the spirit to be developed within us we have to undergo the process of character building.
And we desire that each of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end , that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith, hope and patience inherit the promises.
And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end.
God is able to bring you through your current situation, God will not lead you anywhere without his presence to guide your journey. God will strengthen you to overcome your current challenge. God is a present help and with you every step of the way, He is your support and He is sufficient. DON’T GIVE UP, KEEP GOING!!!