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Stay Strong for the Prize that Lies Ahead

 “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
 The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him.
 The Lord is a man of war;
the Lord is his name."


Observation:

God is the King of all and as so has the power to do anything.  He is an all powerful God and an all knowing God.  Some people I have talked to in my life have said to me, "If your God is all powerful and can do anything then why did he let himself be murdered?  Or if he is all powerful, why doesn't he stop all the sick, the homeless and the those in pain and dying from being in their pain?"  

The answer to that is tricky.  The truth is, that God can do anything but he chooses not to; and in some situations I would even say he can't do some things, such as God cannot do evil because he chooses not to.  God also has a plan and as humans we cannot understand or know the time and purpose of God's plans.  Can the made comprehend the maker?  Or is the maker always more knowledgeable then the made because he designed the made?  Everything in our own life is a choice.  I think as people living in a sinful world our biggest temptation is to trust in ourselves and to rely on our own judgment.  We think that we can take care of ourselves, but the truth is, is that we cannot take care of ourselves.  We are not God even though sometimes we get caught up thinking that we are even subconsciously.  

Application:

In my life it is a great struggle to trust in God and rely on him for everything, but I constantly have to remind myself that while all the people that are in my life have let me down and continue to do so everyday, Jesus Christ will never let me down.  He died on the cross to wash away my sins to make it possible for me to be with him.  He loves me more then anyone in this world ever will and he is always with me.  

What I need to focus on is every day is asking God to lead me and guide me through my day.  Ask him to be a part in my life and share the things that I go through day to day with him.  Jesus is a living breathing God and just because I can't see him doesn't mean he isn't there.  I can't see the wind, but I know its there, I can feel it.  It's the same thing with the Holy Spirit.  I can feel God's presence in my life and I know he is always right beside me.  

Its amazing what happens when we open ourselves up and let the Holy Spirit direct our paths.  I hear God talking to me while I'm listening to the radio and I hear him through my friends and family and even strangers passing words and ideas into my life.  God is everywhere.  As his people we need to trust in him and let his light lead our lives.  Jesus loves us and even though we can't see him and talk face to face with him yet, we still have the opportunity to talk to him in other ways just like he has the opportunity to talk to us through others.  

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for being constant in my life.  Thank you for never giving up on me and teaching me that giving up isn't an option unless its for healthy reasons.  I pray Lord, for your wisdom and guidance in my life and that you lead me down the path you have planned for my life.  I pray that you continue to show me who you are.  I want to know you Lord and I want to persevere through this life and be with you in the life yet to come.  Use me for your will and continue to humble me so that I can serve others with a joyful heart.  

In your holy and precious name,

Amen.  

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