How I learned to Finish Well

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I once heard my pastor (at the time) preach a sermon series titled “Finishing Well” that talked about how even though your past may have been horrible, and in your present you may have struggles, you can still finish well.

I needed to hear that back then. So much so that I bought the series and listened to it over and over. From that point on I was determined that I would do what it took to “Finish Well!”

A lot of time has passed since then, and a lot of changes (some good some bad) have happened in my life.

And although I have not arrived yet I am setting my pace for the finish I desire.

What am I doing right? I am following the advice on those tapes I listened to.

I am leaning on and trusting in the God who created and saved me. The God who knows me and speaks to me daily leading me down the path that I should go.

The Bible says of God

You get us ready for life:

You probe for our soft spots,

You knock off our rough edges.

And I’m feeling so fit, so safe:

made right, kept right.

(Psalm 7:9–10, The Message)

Be determined to finish well and then do so by daily giving over your schedule to the one who made you  and is faithful to keep you right…where you need to be!

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I refuse to do it anymore!

I refuse to look behind me and be ashamed.

I refuse to look around me and be dismayed.

I refuse to look in front of me and be fearful.

I, as a Christian, am called to put my trust in Jesus Christ and believe, really believe that He will:

Make something beautiful out of the shattered glass of my past.

Be with me and make a way in my present.

and not allow the enemy the final word in my future.

When  I stop trusting in the goodness of God,

when I stop believing that He will show up and show out in my life,

when I stop trusting that He knows the end from the beginning,

and that He knows what my future holds and is the one who holds my future

When I stop trusting God,

The enemy will have won

And I REFUSE to give him the victory anymore!