Sep25SunSeptember 25, 2016
So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work. Neh 4:6
As we prepare to move forward into the fourth quarter of 2016 let us go forward in confidence, boldness, and determination to finish STRONG. In athletics, the fourth quarter is what matters. It doesn’t matter what the first three were like, if the team pulls itself together and pushes through the fourth quarter to have the lead, at the end, THEY WIN!!! Whether it’s by one point or fifty, THEY WIN!!!
The opponent could be leading all the way up to the final seconds but if you outscore them at the end, it’s over, YOU WIN!!! NEVER GIVE UP!!! While life is not a game, sometimes it appears that way, and we can learn valuable lessons as a result. The goal is to win in life. The Apostle Paul said this, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified(I Cor 9:24-27 NLT).”
Disciplining and training our body is an absolute necessity in order to achieve a goal. What we give ourselves over to in thought, word, and deed will determine whether we are on course or not. An undisciplined thought life will run all over the place imagining, contemplating, thinking and meditating on things that may not matter – things that may have little or nothing to do with the goal. As a result time is well spent on nothing. A disciplined thought life keeps its eyes on the goal, prize or path it should be on, and is determined to avoid distractions or rabbit trails that get you off course.
You can’t undo the past but you can definitely do something about the present which will keep you on task and take you to the desired goal. As a believer we know in the end, WE WIN!!! But there are some delegated appointed 2016 victories remaining for us to achieve here and now. Let’s move forward and possess the land. There’s a lot left to conquer.