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1025th -- Who Owns The Backyard?


We should always have a never give up kind of attitude. There comes a time
when things go wrong and when setbacks seem like they are overtaking our 
life, but what we must always keep in mind is that the ones who persist 
are the ones who persevere and overcome those setbacks. When we look 
defeat straight in the eyes and say “No you will not be victorious over 
me”, we are declaring with our words and with our hearts that we will never
give up and we will never give in until victory is ours. We must have a 
never give up attitude because that is what will drive us to continue on 
even when things don't look their best and we feel like giving in and
giving up. 

I know firsthand what it means to push through the difficult times. There
have been many moments when I felt like quitting the work that God has 
called me to. There have been times when I felt like there was no fruit 
coming from the work that I was doing and that it was all in vain. I felt
like others weren't benefiting from the messages that I put so much effort
into writing and that I shouldn't do it anymore. In those moments of 
discouragement, I had to remember that God's Word never returns unto Him 
void and that even though I didn't see any fruit coming forth doesn't mean
that my work had any less impact upon those who were reading my messages.
What is important is that we continue to push through the difficult times
and realize that victory will be ours if we don't give up. (Isaiah 55:11)

What would have happened if I had given up my ministry work? Messages 
wouldn't have been written and people around the world wouldn't receive the
encouraging and inspirational messages that they had been receiving for 
years. My temporary discouragement if it had taken root and I believed 
the lies of the enemy would have stopped a great blessing from continuing
on and touching multitudes around the earth. That is why we should never
give up in believing in ourselves. We should continually believe that we
are meant for greatness, that our life is to be used to be a blessing to 
ourselves and more importantly to this world and that as long as we have 
breath within our being, then our work isn't finished yet.

Be encouraged to believe in yourself all the days of your life. Push 
through the difficult times and never even think of giving up. Pursue 
until victory is yours and know that with God by your side all things are
possible. He loves you and wishes for you to be victorious and triumphant
in every area of your life. Believe it for yourself and you will see 
great things happen in your life. (Revelation 2:7) (Galatians 6:4)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that you 
have it within you to be victorious in life. Staying persistent in your 
pursuit is what will bring you the victory.


Vicki Huffman, in Plus Living (Harold Shaw Publishers, 1989), tells about
a man who loved to hunt and bought two pedigreed setters that he trained 
to be fine bird dogs. He kept them in a large, fenced pen in his backyard.

One morning he observed a little bulldog trotting down the alley behind 
his home. It saw the two dogs and squeezed under the fence. The man 
thought he should perhaps lock up the setters so they wouldn't hurt the 
little dog, but changed his mind. Maybe they would “teach that bulldog a 
lesson,” he reasoned.

As he predicted, fur began to fly, and all of it was bulldog fur. The 
feisty intruder soon had enough and squeezed back under the fence to get away.

To the man's surprise, the visitor returned again the next morning. He 
crawled under the fence and once again took on the tag-team of setters. 
And like the day before, he soon quit and squeezed out of the pen.

The incident was repeated the following day, with the same results.

The man left early the next morning on a business trip and returned after
several weeks. He asked his wife what finally became of the bulldog.

“You won't believe it,” she replied. “At the same time every day that 
little dog came to the backyard and fought with our setters. He never 
missed a day! It has come to the point now that when our setters simply 
hear him snorting down the alley, they start whining and run down into the
basement. Then the little bulldog struts around our backyard as if he owns it.”

That bulldog inspires me when it comes to managing problems. Not that I 
think I have to fight and impose my will on whatever is in my way. But I 
appreciate that little dog's perseverance. He persisted with his problem 
until it disappeared.

Dale Carnegie made this observation: “Most of the important things in the
world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there
seemed to be no hope at all.” In the end, it's the persistent bulldog that
will own the backyard.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in
the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights 
in the world.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”

Matthew 9:35-38 “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching
in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing 
every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the 
multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and
were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray 
ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers 
into His harvest.

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THE ROAD
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem83.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD IS FAITHFUL
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony118.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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