Category Archives: Devos

Keep Running… Regardless!

I’ve run several marathons… each one was unique, each had it challenges, each one was LONG!  Just let me say, it really helps to have some people along the way cheering you on… especially if some of them have run long races like a marathon before!  But when you approach the finish line, with your muscles screaming and your body telling you you’re NOT going to make it, you really want to see that one special friend or spouse at the end there to meet you!

Hey, following Jesus is not a sprint… It’s a marathon!  And each one of us face unique challenges as we seek to finish “our race” (and the fact is we’re not running against each other… each of us is running his or her own race).  Sometimes we wonder if we’ll make it – the difficulties and trials just seem so great!  We’re tempted to pull over to the side, give up and just take the “sag wagon” without finishing.  But thankfully there are fellow runners that cheer us on, those who have finished their faith race successfully and have gone on before whose words of encouragement we remember (the “heavenly grandstands” are filled with those who have finished well!)… and then there is Jesus!  The One above all else we want to see at the finish line… Our Savior… The One who with His dying breath proclaimed from the cross “IT IS FINISHED!” (John 19:30)

So after the great faith chapter (Hebrews 11) – a chapter filled with the names and stories of fellow runners, who finished their “faith-race” (overcoming all kinds of challenges, accomplishing great things despite the difficulties – even giving their all to finish their race)… We find these words at the beginning of the very next chapter…

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God!” (from Hebrews 12:1–2 ESV)

I’m gonna keep on running!  I really appreciate the encouragement that comes from each of you, my fellow runners!  And, oh how the lives of faithful people who have gone before encourage me to continue on! … But most of all Jesus! …Jesus encourages me!  And, oh I want to see Him at the finish line… more than anything else!!!

A Priceless Treasure… Sorry, NOT FOR SALE!

Some things are PRICELESS!  Heirlooms and possessions to be treasured forever!  They are NOT for sale!

I’m reading Proverbs as a part of my daily time of “coffee with the Lord”… This morning I read the following in Proverbs 23:23…

“Buy truth, and do not sell it!  Buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding!”

Believe me, the wise will never offer these things at a rummage sale, a pawn shop or on eBay.  You’ll never find them at a “surplus store!”  They are personal, God-granted, treasures – the result of “fearing [reverencing] the Lord and loving His word!

“Walking by Faith” Etc. Stories…

“ETCETERA” (or “etc.” for short) … Webster says it indicates “a list of unspecified additional items.”

As the writer of Hebrews approaches the end of chapter 11 – the “Walk of Faith” chapter – after he has introduced each “case study” in faith with the words, “By faith” – he goes on to say… “AND WHAT MORE SHALL I SAY?  FOR TIME WOULD FAIL ME TO TELL OF…”  And then what follows is a kind of mind boggling, faith expanding, miracle producing, “ETCETERA.”

“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.  

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets (just to name a few) — who through faith…

Women received back their dead by resurrection…” (from Hebrews 11:28-35a)

Wow!  The possibilities of “walking by faith!”  ETCETERA!  Think about it… what God can do when we put our trust in Him!  “ALL THINGS are possible to the person who believes!” (Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27)  Listen, I choose to put my confidence in God and “walk by faith!”

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