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2 Corinthians 2:17
I want to start today's message with a short story / joke:
A jockey is in the parade ring discussing race tactics with the horse's trainer. The trainer tells the jockey that this is the worst horse he has ever seen. It has had 23 races and finished last in every one of them. "If it doesn't win today the milkman will be using it for deliveries in the morning."
The jockey mounts up and takes the horse down to the start.
The race begins and the horse is immediately 10 lengths behind the pack. So the jockey gives the horse an sharp swat on the shoulder.
He then gives him a series of strikes on the rump.
He then gives him two wallops right on the hindquarters.
The horse comes to a sudden stop, turns to the jockey and says "Give it a rest with that whip, will ya, buddy? I have to be up at four in the morning to deliver milk."
What kind of messages are you giving yourself? Are you your own worst supporter? Do you just assume the results of your labor, will bring you nothing? When you look down, can not see where you are going! LOOK AHEAD!
Who would enter a race, if they had already decided they were not going to win? If you have suffered the loss of a job, did you learn anything? Was your faith weak, when you should be getting ready for a "Pivotal Moment" in your life? Do not ask WHY? WHEN YOU SHOULD BE ASKING WHEN!
When you get ready to run, make sure that you have Our Heavenly Father with you to "coach" you to victory! Feed the Holy Spirit within you, so you BOTH have the proper fuel to claim VICTORY.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Hebrews 12 :1-3 (NLT)
God’s Discipline Proves His Love
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won't become weary and give up.
I wish you all a very safe Season of Love, as we commemorate the Birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ.