A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall
“If you feel about as effective as a bedridden sick person with a heavy fry pan facing an army with death in their eyes, don’t forget what a faith-filled shepherd boy did with just a sling and a stone.
From our beds, let’s pray like Elijah. Let’s pray like Paul. Let’s pray like Jesus. Through Christ we can be very victorious as conquering Devil smackers!”
Tools, Weapons, Skill Sets, Strategies… All of these have their place in our lives, and scripture teaches us that God trains us and anoints us for taking on various missions within our lifetime.
As we face trials, conflicts, challenges, and outright battles in our lives, we are to utilize what we have been given to “fight the good fight.”
Discipline, training, and perseverance are character builders and are central to the development of our maturity. However, our victories and successes are ultimately not due to our overwhelming intelligence or physical prowess.
The most critical aspect of life’s challenges remains in God’s hands: Victory!
When we see the enormity of an approaching trial and we feel the fear that is induced when we compare it with our own inadequacy in the natural realm, we can breathe deeply of the Spirit of Peace. Let confidence flood our hearts because victory and success are already in God’s hands!
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
~ Zechariah 4:6
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.”
Forget Yesterday’s Failures, Press On Today, Envision Tomorrow’s Victories!
“Not that I have… already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me…”
( Philippians 3:12-14 )
In the Athlete’s gym, disciplined body-training with perseverance turns today’s crushing weights into next year’s normal workout routine.
In the Christian’s life, disciplined spirit-training with perseverance turns today’s crushing trials into next year’s routine challenges.
Press on today, my friend. God allows trials into our lives to serve as instruments for our character development, and as environments in which we can practice and learn how to walk in step with the Holy Spirit.
“… whenever you face trials of many kinds… the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”