Are You a Finisher?
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…
As I studied the word of God, I found that there were a few men that failed to finish the work the Lord had assigned to their hands. Here are a couple of examples. Joshua completed Moses’ task of taking the children of Israel into the promise land. Moses allowed his anger against the children of Israel to move him from his place of destiny. He was able to look over into the promise land, but he was not allowed to go in. Elisha was also sent to finish Elijah’s course. Elijah defeated 850 prophets of Baal and when one woman, Jezebel, sent word that she would do the same to him, he ran for his life and hid in a cave. Will you be like these great men of God who did wonders and exploits, but allowed fear and anger to keep them from accomplishing God’s ultimate plan for their lives?
Challenges will come as you set out to complete your course, but when it does, do not take flight in the opposite direction; stay in the ring until the final buzzer. The race is not given to the swift, nor the strong, but to the one that endures until the end. Outlast temptations and character flaws and run your race at your own pace. Look to the Lord for direction and the renewed strength to complete what He has begun in you. He knows the plans that He has for you. The Word says He will complete it until the day of His return. Do not take on too much at once and allow discouragement to set in. It is normally the little steps that bring about big changes. It is very important to remember that Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He finished His course and He expects the same for us. It is never what we start that people remember. It is the work that we finish.
My prayer for you today is that you will allow the Lord to work in you the power and desire to do His good will and pleasure in you. Commit yourself and your plans to Him, and allow Him to help you finish your course, today