So Much Temptation to Give Up

Yesterday, God showed me something. I took my son for a walk around the neighborhood. We do this daily. I use the time to get exercise as I teach him about his surroundings, pointing out people and things in nature. And he loves it! I enjoy watching him see things for the first time. It brings joy to my heart watching him point out things that I have taught him. As we were passing the trees this time, I felt something. I looked over and there was a HUGE dog staring at my son and me.  A big, black dog that was ready to pounce on us! Not so much us, he had his eyes on my baby!

INSTANTANEOUSLY, I got into mommy mode A.K.A. “Ready to throw down” mode. I felt my blood start to boil and my heart speed up. I was going to do whatever it took (even if I had to bite him…LOL! We have four canine teeth, right?) to defend my baby if or when the dog started to charge at us. As I picked my son up, I noticed the dog was on a leash. What I could not see was the little lady behind the dog. A sigh of relief came over me! Thank God!

As we continued to walk, I thought about what had just happened. I felt God nudge me. Painting the picture of how the devil waits to attack us. The devil is always lurking waiting to attack—waiting for the opportune time to trap us when we are not on point. BUT GOD sees! Just like I saw that dog watching my son! My baby did not notice the dog at all, BUT I did! And I was ready to defend my child. And that’s how God feels about his children.

The problem is we are too self-sufficient. Just like I said yesterday, I sometimes feel qualified to solve my problems. Focusing too much of my time trying to work out things in my own strength instead of relying on the One who has already paved the way for me to be successful in ALL situations. Life is hard and things happen. But it is our attitude and mindset that can make a bad situation worse. I find myself frustrated, angry, disappointed, unhappy, and tired because I don’t keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. Then, the temptation to give up sets in. I am left feeling defeated.

As I stated before, life is hard. Living the Christian life is even harder. People think that being a Christian means you don’t have problems or issues. In my opinion, the race to finish life is harder for those who are walking the narrow path. Besides the fact that Christians are being persecuted all over the world for their beliefs, just living out your faith day to day is challenging. For example, loving someone who has betrayed or mistreated you, trusting God when you cannot find a job, or forgiving an enemy who has killed your loved one. Trust me, I lived through all three of those examples, and then some. But the race is not giving to the swift, nor the strong, but to those who endure until the end!

I can rest assure that God has my back in ALL situations—good or bad! Even in the hard times, I still Win because my character is being developed and my faith in God increases. The challenge is keeping my eyes on Jesus—who is the author and finisher of my faith—at all times!

“The devil is out to kill, steal, and destroy, but we have the power through Jesus Christ to be more than conquerors! Stop despising the race set before you and start running the race before you. You will end up where God wants you to be! The devil wants to take us out of the race! BUT Run the race! Endure! BY FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS!

The race is a fight for our eyes! Everything is fighting for our eyeballs. Where you look, you will go!  What you behold, you will become! Stop comparing! Stop scrolling! Stop looking! It’s not easy, but Jesus gives us the power to finish strong. Jesus ran the ultimate race.”

 –Christine Caine (Check out her message in the video below! It is life changing!)

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

 

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