February 8, 2021
Corinthians 4:8-9, 16 (NKJV)
8 "We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed..."
16 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day."
The race is set to start, so pace your race.
A few years ago the Lord spoke to my heart saying that I needed to learn how to "pace my race." I was, and I still am, one that runs hard and fast whatever assignment I have been given. When people find out what all our ministry does each year, they admittedly confess they had no idea that we did so much. Every project is bombarded with roadblocks and obstacles to discourage us in order to try stop us from reaching our goal.
The word here says that “we are hard pressed on every side." Sometimes when things come at you from every direction you're not really sure how to continue moving forward. But God always sustains us with everything we need for each step we take to advance the kingdom of God. Come on now, it says “but not crushed!” Hey, it may feel like you have been hit with a ton of bricks, but we still shall rejoice! Praise God. I may get knocked down, but I get right back up because the Word gives me the strength to do so.
In 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Father, the only way that I can truly say this to be true for me is because You, O Lord, have given me the strength through the power of the Holy Spirit. Help me to run my race. In Jesus's name, Amen.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.