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YOU MUSN’T QUIT
Taken from the Word for Today

‘I press on toward the goal to win the prize.’ Philippians 3:74 NIV

PAUL WRITES: ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, l press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me . . . All of us who are mature should take such a view of things..’ (w. 13-15 Nl\/). Paul was driven by his vision of reaching the world for Christ (Romans 1O:1). It was his yardstick for daily living and his motivation for effort lt made him relentless.

An unknown poet wrote: ‘When things go wrong as may sometimes will, and the road you’re ‘trudging seems all uphill. When funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile but you have to sigh. When things are pressing you down a bit, rest if you must, but don’t you quit!

Life is strange with its twists and turns, as every one of us sometimes learns. And many a failure turns about, when he might have won if he’d stuck it out Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow- you might succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than it seems, to a faint and faltering man. Often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victors cup. And he learned too late, when the night slipped down, how close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out—the silver tint of the clouds of doubt. You never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems afar. So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—it‘s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit’.

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WAITING FOR THINGS TO CHANGE
Taken from Word for Today

‘…I will wait, until my change comes.’ Job 14:14 nkjv

BEFORE YOU quit and give up in discouragement consider the long and difficult process by which a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. If you try to rush God’s purpose and process in your life, you’ll produce something deformed, something that can’t get off the ground and fly. Perhaps you’re thinking, ‘I can’t wait for this to be over.’ That’s understandable. Job couldn’t either. He said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait ’til my change comes.’ But by God’s grace he survived, and ended up with twice as much as he lost So hold on, your change is coming! God won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on Him! There’s a work going on in you right now. Something is dying that has to die, so that something better can be brought to life. Let it happen.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told a king, ‘We will not bow down to your gods’ (Daniel 3:18). Don’t bow to temptation, or to manipulation, or to ungodly persuasion. Don’t try to keep up with! the Joneses, or surrender to selfish ambition and self-promotion. Don’t bow to the spirit o anxiousness and impatience. Continue to wall by faith and not by sight knowing that ‘…[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or think…’ (Ephesians 3:20 KJV They say, ‘Good things come to those who wait The determining factor is Who you are waiting for. God says there’s a purpose for all these things (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Wait God will make the pieces fit together. He won’t disappoint you.

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THE EVIDENCE OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

A bold unbeliever was lecturing a group on the folly of religious faith in general and the Christian faith in particular. At the close of the presentation the speaker invited people to propound any questions they might have. In the audience was the town drunkard, who had been converted to Christ. In response to the invitation the converted alcoholic came up front, took out an orange, peeled it, and ate it without comment.

The speaker asked if he had a question for him. After downing the last segment of orange the convert turned to the infidel and asked, “Was the orange I just ate sweet or sour?” Angrily, the speaker replied, “You idiot, how can I know whether it was sweet or sour when I never tasted it?” To this the converted drunkard retorted, “And how can you know anything about Christ if you have not tried Him?”

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RECOGNISING AND WALKING IN GOD’S WILL
Taken from the Word for Today

“This is God’s will for you . . .1 Thessalonians 5:18

PRAY that you may know God’s will. Strive to live in an attitude of prayer. ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will…’ ( vv16-18 NIV). Rejoicing, praying continually, and giving thanks puts you in the active hub of God’s will.

If you only pray when you’re desperate for answers, your receptors will be rusty and your impressions nebulous at best. Regular communication with God sharpens your senses and fine-tunes your ability to distinguish His voice from all the rest. ‘Teach me to do Your will…my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground’ (Psalms 143:10 NIV).

Seek God, and He will smooth the path for you. Receive the counsel of others for confirmation, not necessarily direction. Paul said, ‘When God…called me…l did not consult any man’ (Galatians 1:15-16 NIV). Only embrace other people’s advice when it agrees with God’s Word and the Spirit’s promptings. Friends can be a source of confirmation, but not necessarily revelation.

Even your own experiences and impressions aren’t enough to discern God’s will unless they line up with His Word. Peter did this on Christ’s transfiguration. ‘We were there on the holy mountain with Him…We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard…The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time…’ (2 Peter 1:18-19 TM). Paul’s converts at Berea received his teachings enthusiastically, but they also checked them against the written Word of God (Acts 17:11). That’s always a good policy.

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PREPARE FOR CHALLENGES

Taken from Word for Today

‘A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them…’

Proverbs 27:12 TLB

THE PATH to your God-given destiny will have different challenges, so you must expect them. Indeed you must prepare yourself to face them. Solomon wrote, ‘A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them.’ Wouldn’t you rather look ahead and prepare, instead of looking back with regret?

Why does the Bible record the failures of great men like Abraham, Moses, Elijah and Peter? To give you hope; to let you know that nobody performs flawlessly; to help you believe if they can do it, by God’s grace you can too.

The road to success has many potholes. You’ll fall into some—and they’re messy. Not only will you have to climb back out, you’ll have to dust yourself off, refocus, recommit, and keep going. Since failure is inevitable, why not make it your friend by examining each experience and growing stronger through it? Once you learn to do that, you won’t keep repeating the same mistakes, and you’ll become more emotionally and spiritually stable.

Timelines change, resources dry up, assumptions prove false, plans and people fail. As comedian Bill Cosby quipped, ‘Nothing fits in a pigeonhole but a pigeon.’

As you walk the pathway to your God-given dream, remember the old Italian proverb: ‘Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out’; No problem; you can get another pair of shoes! Just make sure you don’t wear out and give up. Here’s God’s promise to you: ‘…Keep travelling steadily along His pathway and in due season He will honour you with every blessing…’ (Psalms 37:34 TLB).

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OBEDIENCE

Taken from Senior Living Ministries

In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. So he went to visit the head monk of a local monastery and asked to spend the rest of his life living in isolation and devoting himself to prayer and worship, “Your Majesty,” said the monk, “do you understand that the pledge you’re making is one of obedience? That will be hard because you’ve been a king.”

“I understand,” said Henry. “The rest of my life I will be obedient to you as Christ leads you.”

“Then I will tell you what to do,” said the old monk. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.”

When King Henry died, it was written about him, “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”

Quite often, people grow weary of their daily roles and responsibilities. But it’s in those times we must remember that God has given each and every one of us a ministry wherever we are and whatever we do. So instead of despising your situation in life, see it as your mission field and use it for God’s glory!

 PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray that God would give you contentment in your current situation and that He’d show you how to make the biggest possible impact for Him.

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MAKING MISTAKES
Taken from Senior Life Ministries

As a young entertainer, Will Rogers’ stage specialty used to be rope tricks. One day, on stage, in the middle of his act, he became tangled in his lariat. But instead of becoming frustrated, Rogers laughed and spoke up in his Oklahoma drawl, “A rope ain’t so bad to get tangled up in if ain’t around your neck!”

The audience roared at his impromptu response. Encouraged by his warm reception, Rogers began adding commentary and satire to all his performances. It was his commentary, not his rope tricks, that eventually made his famous.

Had Rogers not become tangled in his rope that day, he might never have discovered his ability to wow crowds with his wit. That’s because, very often, our mistakes open doors to new possibilities that we never imagined had things gone the way we originally intended.

Understanding this can give us a new perspective on our mistakes. When we begin to see our mishaps as opportunities to learn new things and gain new experiences, it completely transforms our outlook on our lives and ourselves.

Don’t let your mistakes discourage you. Instead, look for what God is teaching you through them and go in new directions. Be willing to learn from your shortcomings and your mistakes will mature you!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray that God would help you to learn lessons from your mistakes that would spur you on to spiritual maturity.

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LOOKING GOOD, OR DOING GOOD

Taken from Word for Today

THE BIBLE says, ‘God anointed Jesus…with the Holy Spirit and with power, Who went-about doing good…’ When you’re led by God’s Spirit, your focus won’t be on looking good, but on doing good. You say, ‘But I’m so busy!’

Nobody was busier than Jesus, yet He always responded to those in need. In Luke chapter 10 He tells of a Jewish traveller who was attacked by a gang and left to die by the road. First a priest, then a Levite passed by. But each had important appointments to keep, so they didn’t stop. Then a Samaritan came along. Now, he had every reason to look the other way, because the Jews and the Samaritans were long-standing enemies. instead, ‘…he…came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion’ (Luke 1033 NKJV).

Compassion will make you stop and rearrange your priorities. This Samaritan realised that where he was at that moment was more important than his next appointment.

What would you have done that day? Do think you would have acted like him? How about when God seeks to interrupt your tightly organised written-in-concrete schedules and asks you to make time for someone hurting? Are you willing to forgo your plan and do what He wants? lf you re too busy to out to those who are hurting you’re too busy!

You say, ‘But I’m shy around people’. Then with the people you know in your local church. ”Therefore as we have opportunity let us good to all especially to those who are of household of faith (Galatians 610 NKJV).

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LIVE FOR GOD UNTIL YOUR LAST BREATH
Taken for from Word Today

‘With long life will l satisfy him…’ Psalm 91:16 nkjv
WHEN ASKED, ‘How do you grow old so gracefully?’ Alexandre Dumas replied, ‘Because l give all my time to it.’ lf you’re over fifty, let your age be measured by your spiritual progress instead of a date on the calendar.

How would you like to have these words engraved on your headstone? ‘Enoch lived…365 years. Enoch walked…with God; then he was no more, because God took him away’ (Genesis 5:23-24 NIV). Picture this: Enoch goes for a walk with God and when they reach a certain point, God says, ‘It’s closer to My house than yours, so just come home with Me.’

Like an old oak tree, a mature Christians roots have weathered life’s storms. But don’t take your wisdom to the grave with you; share it with people who’ll listen. And those who are wise will listen, because they recognise the foolishness of paying twice for the same information. Don’t retire—refocus.

Victor Hugo once said, ‘Forty is old age to youth, fifty is youth to old age.’ With God, availability, not age, is what counts. The Bible says: ‘There was…a prophetess, Anna… she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them (Mary and Joseph with the Christ child) at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all…’ (Luke 2:36-38 Nl\/). The world respects ex-generals and ex-presidents, but not ex- Christians.

A respected character actor said, As we grow older we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.’ So live for God until your last breath.

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CONFRONT YOUR FEARS
Taken from Word for Today

‘Don’t be afraid…l am with you…’ Isaiah 41: 10 NLT
THERE ARE different kinds of fear. There’s the kind that warns you to stay away from fire. There’s the kind that cultivates respect for God (Psalms 2:11).

Oswald Chambers said, ‘When you fear God, you don’t have to fear anything else.’

There’s fear that makes you feel helpless; sometimes it’s rooted in parental criticism or a bully’s threats, and although it’s groundless, it still haunts you. There’s the fear of failing, which if left unchallenged becomes the father of failure. Job said, ‘What I feared has come upon me…’ (Job 3:25 NIV). There’s fear of the unknown where your imagination runs amok. What if you never meet the ‘right person’, or you lose your job, or the biopsy confirms the worst?

Over and over in His Word God says, ‘Don’t be afraid…l am with you.’

Paul Tournier notes: ‘Life and faith always insist on moving on–and I cannot move forward without leaving something behind. The trapeze artist must let go of one trapeze at precisely the right moment and hover in the void before grabbing the other. Faith calls us out of our comfort zone…to learn new skills and minister in different ways.’

But we get uptight. We think, ‘What if God asks me to do something l can’t do?’ or ‘I don’t have the strength, wisdom, or faith.’ lf you were relying on your own resources, you’d be in trouble. But the fact is, ‘God…knew you and chose you…’ (1 Peter 1:2 NLT). Every time you meet a new challenge He strengthens you by proving that He not only supplies the tools, but is responsible for the outcome.

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