It is important for you to finish well,my friend. Starting well is good, but finishing well is the best.
‘Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 1 Corinthians 9:24(NLT)
You are on a sojourn through this world with heaven being the ultimate destination as a Christian. Nothing should be strong enough to take you off-course because he who dwells in you is greater than he who dwells in the world. Everything you need to succeed on your sojourn is in God,all you have to do is to make him your centre of focus. Pray to him for strength when you feel tired. Always pray to him for guidance.The Lord said in John 4:14 that the water he gives becomes a fresh bubbling spring within those who drink it.It gives eternal life. So,my friend,Jesus is always there to give you strength and freshen you when you feel tired.
To succeed in a race, you need discipline.The discipline to do the right things at the right time. The discipline to prioritize rightly. Beloved, it is very crucial that you stay focused on your destination. This world is transient.Never let its glamour distract you and make you derail. No extravagance in the world can be compared to the splendour in the eternal kingdom of our father. Having a relationship with Christ is good,however,staying with him to the end is the best for you.
Run this race to eternity to win.Make up your mind to finish well. Always pray to the Lord for strength and trust him to help you.
Tomorrow is Sunday. Praise the father in church like you’ve never done before.
‘Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.’ Proverbs 24:17-18(NLT)
My friend,if you never knew this before,now you know!As a child of God,you should never rejoice at your enemies’ fall.Don’t be secretly vengeful by being happy when evil things happen to them. Whatever might be happening to them, make God your central focus. Pray for those who persecute you and love your enemies,as the Lord Jesus Christ has instructed in Matthew 5:44.
To be able to do this,you have to be a person of the spirit. A worshiper of the living God who worships in spirit and in truth. Walking in the spirit will enable you to be in the right frame of mind to heed the Lord’s instructions and live a successful life.
Do not displease God by rejoicing at your enemy’s fall because displeasing him might ultimately put you at the risk of perdition,if you do not repent.
May your lifestyle continue to bring the Lord pleasure in Jesus name.
(Reference: http://www.biblehub.com(for Matthew 5:44))
‘Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?’
1 Corinthians 5:6(NLT)
Once you notice immorality of any kind,get rid of it! Don’t even have a second thought,just get of it because the best for you is to be without any kind of it!
I was discussing with a friend today and I learnt something very crucial from the discussion: When the devil seeks to cause a person to backslide, he doesn’t usually take that person from 100 percent to 50 percent in an instant, lest the person heed the signs of regress and repent.Rather,he takes the person from 100 percent to 99.9 percent,then further down if the person doesn’t notice the change in the level of his/her dedication to Jesus Christ.So,he continues the gradual depletion until the person is very down before realisation of regress sets in.
Do not give the devil an inch,lest he takes a kilometer. Always be at alert.Heed the warning in 1 Thessalonians 5:22,stay away from every kind of evil.
Beloved,your soul is very precious and God loves you more than you know. Two of the best things you could ever do for yourself are to ‘watch’ and ‘pray’ without ceasing.