The way to victory

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. – Hebrew 12:22 MSG

Two Scriptures to Ponder

This morning the following two pieces of scripture (copied below with my emphasis) came across my path. I offer them below with my thoughts.

  • One

“A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.”

Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.”

Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy.”

(Mark 1:40–42, The Message)

  • Two

“A man out of the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.
Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.”
They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth. He asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on?”
“Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!
Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.
No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!

(Mark 9:17–24, The Message)

  • Three

My take away? That we should hold nothing back from Jesus. If we are in need we must remember that Jesus is present, able, and willing to help us.  Nothing is to hard or impossible for God!

 

God is incomparable, irreplaceable…

““Think about this. Wrap your minds around it. This is serious business, rebels. Take it to heart. Remember your history, your long and rich history.

I am GOD, the only God you’ve had or ever will have— incomparable, irreplaceable— From the very beginning telling you what the ending will be,

All along letting you in on what is going to happen, Assuring you, ‘I’m in this for the long haul, I’ll do exactly what I set out to do,’…

I’ve said it, and I’ll most certainly do it. I’ve planned it, so it’s as good as done.”

  • Isaiah 46:8–11, The Message

Fear is a liar

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     Never allow fear to keep you from stepping out into all that God has for you. For fear is not given to you from God, but from the author of fear, the one who wants to keep you  from God’s best for you (Satan).  That fear is usually a sign that you are on the right track. So stay on it, keep going. 

     For as Henry Ford once said;

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes,

one of his great surprises,

is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.

     And the next time you are faced with a fear that is stopping you from stepping out into all that God has for you to be, bring it to God in prayer, then remember Henry (he didn’t turn out so bad),  allow Philippians 4:13 to settle your spirit and do it afraid.

     Trust God’s leading, He will not let you down.