The bible talks about how Jesus learned obedience by the things that he suffered.

And when you think about that, it’s basically saying that Jesus’ power was rooted in suffering!

Jesus told us that the servant is not greater than his master. So that means we should expect suffering and it talks about that over and over again in scripture.

So we need to be encouraged that when we’re going through things are overwhelming,  God is taking us through the fire so we can be more and more useful to his purposes.

I started thinking about this this morning when I was running in the park. I noticed the Lord was speaking to me about how it’s not about how fast I went.

It was more important that I did not give up and finished my race – or finished my course.

I had to keep my eye on the finish line.

We don’t always know where the finish line is. But we need to know that God wants to make us better for His use so that we can bring people to His grace and his knowledge and his salvation.

The book of Hebrews talks about how Jesus “for the joy that was set before him” went through what we went through on the cross. And think about it – he said “it is finished!” So he’s run the ultimate race and finished already for us! So he’s done all the hard work! What we’re doing is dying to ourselves so that we can be more like him when he died and became powerful even unto salvation.

And you can’t look at your feet or look at the ground when you’re running. It will always slow you down. So in the same way, as you’re going through what you’re going through, keep your head up!

Be confident! And you’ll be more focused on the race and not so much on your pain.

If we’re going to see revival in our families, and our neighborhoods and in the world, we’re going to have to die so that we can be more like Christ and shine his light without us getting in his way.

I bless God for you and pray His peace and grace over you and your ministry to the world.



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