So, I posted a prayer request a short while ago and then decided to clean up my email inbox. As God would have it, I came upon this daily inspiration from Joel Osteen sent on 11/12/2009 and as always, God is right on time, it’s me that’s a day late (well more than a day). I hope this word of encouragement is of help to others as well – but please don’t stop praying for me – I’m not out of the woods just yet! In Christ’s love, Briggie ^i^
You’ve Come Too Far
“I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward”
(Philippians 3:14, AMP)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
One thing I’ve learned is that whenever life seems extra difficult, whenever it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sure sign that you are close to your victory. Whenever negative thoughts are bombarding your mind, or you’re tempted to get discouraged, that’s not the time to give up! That’s not the time to back down. That’s the time to dig your heels in. That’s the time to press on with a new attitude because you are closer than you think to your victory.
Maybe you’ve had a lot come against you lately. It seems like the more you pray, the worse things get. Maybe you are doing the right thing, but the wrong thing keeps happening. Instead of getting discouraged, begin to declare, “I’ve come too far to stop now! I’ve been through too much to back down. I realize the reason the intensity has been turned up is because I’m about to give birth to my dreams.”
Friend, don’t allow the enemy to steal from you any longer! Instead, press on toward the goal because you’ve come too far to give up now. Remember, God Almighty is with you, and He is leading and guiding you down the path of victory in every area of your life!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
“Heavenly Father, thank You for leading with Your gentle and loving hand. Today I choose to press past my circumstances and press on into You. Give me strength and hope to move forward into the life of victory You have prepared for me! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”