It is important in life that we believe in ourselves and in the abilities
that God has placed within each of us. It is easy for us to doubt our
talents, gifts and God-given abilities when discouraging situations come
before us, but in these times of testing we must stand strong and believe
that the same God who has brought us this far will be faithful to also
bring us through any trial or hardship that has tried to discourage our
hearts. Many of us can testify to the fact that it is always darkest
before the dawn and the trials that are overcome are soon overshadowed by
the joy and peace that fills our hearts. (1 Corinthians 10:13) (Job 8:7)
We must remember that no trial is strong enough to grasp us out of God's
Mighty Hand and we should be confident to face every challenge with a
renewed determination knowing that victory is promised to those who believe
in God’s everlasting promise. Do not allow yourself to be stagnant any
longer when it comes to fulfilling your life's purpose. Move forward in
confidence knowing that the same God who has given you life will be
faithful to make it one of importance and relevance to your generation.
I hope this message encourages your heart to meet every challenge with
confidence. Do not give in to fear or even contemplate defeat. Stand
strong and rest in the strength of the Lord.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
“Watch me dive off the high board, Dad,” my ten-year-old son called out. I
looked up to the ten-foot-high diving board and waited as he stood at the
edge, stooped over, arms extended. He had jumped off the high board many
times before, but now his nerve seemed to falter as he contemplated
streaking through the air headfirst.
The swimming pool was vacated, so he could take his time. “You can do it,
Robby,” I encouraged. But he couldn't. Not that evening. For 20 minutes he
attempted to muster the courage to make the plunge, and he finally gave up
when the pool closed for the night.
“I feel disappointed in myself,” Robby said on the way home. “I feel
terrible. I know I can do it, though. I know I can.”
He persuaded me to take him swimming again the next evening. Like the night
before, we happened to be the only swimmers. “I'm going to do it this
time," he said emphatically. "Watch me!”
He climbed the ladder and walked to the end of the board as I watched.
Again I encouraged him. Again he hesitated. As the previous night, his
nerve failed. It seemed that he would never conquer his fear and leap.
The lifeguards on duty helped me cheer him on. “You can do it, Robby,” we
all exhorted. “Just do it! Don't think about it. Just do it!”
For 30 minutes we encouraged him. For 30 minutes he started and stopped, he
leaned and straightened and fought the fear that held him back.
And then it happened. He extended his arms, bent over the edge and fell
headfirst into the water! He emerged to the sounds of laughter and
congratulations. He did it! He finally did it! And before he went home, he
did it three more times.
Robby learned something about facing his fear that evening. But he learned
something else, too. He learned that some things can't be done with less
than full commitment. A chasm cannot be leaped in two small jumps and a
dive cannot be made a little at a time. Sometimes you just have to do it.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Psalm 40:1-4 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and
heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the
miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He
hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see
it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that
maketh the LORD his trust...”
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.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: FAILURE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THOUGH THE SAIL HAS BEEN TORN...
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry