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When Not To Give Up

I love this post by Beth Olson. Great encouragement! I especially liked the photo of the little knight battling a large and overwhelming, stomping foot. A winnable battle when we trust in Christ.

Beth L. Olson

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There will be days when you will want to give up. There will be times when no matter how much of an optimist you may be, you will come to the end of yourself.

There will be swirling accusations and confusion. Your head will feel foggy and you will wonder why on earth you ever thought it was a good idea to start down this path.

This is all a part of the process. This is the battle that qualifies you for where you are going. God is building you for your future.

When you get to the moment where it feels like something breaks inside of you and you are ready to let go of your dream, don’t let go. The breakthrough is right around the corner.

Remember that guy who gave up? Yeah, neither does anyone else.

When David went out to fight Goliath, he didn’t just go…

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But YOU…O Lord

A most encouraging post—and true. Take a read.

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Psalm 3.3

Psalm 3
Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”
But You, Lord, are a shield around me,

    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and He answers me from His holy mountain.

It is believed that David wrote this Psalm when on the run from Absalom, his son.

He begins by sharing with the Lord that the number of enemies he is facing is many. We should certainly relate to this because there have been times that life has pressed in on us and it seems like there is trouble on every hand. The trouble becomes our focus. The enemy comes in many shapes and sizes…if it is not this, it is that or perhaps both…

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Emmaus Road: Part Two

Emmanus Road-part 2Recognizing Jesus

Read 2 Kings 21:1 through 23:30; Luke 24:1–24

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him (Luke 24:15, 16).

Sometimes the solution to a problem stands right beside us. The answer is often so close that we can be blinded by its nearness. This lack of recognition could have several explanations.

The first involves us. Occasionally, we get preoccupied with circumstances, just like the two on the Emmaus road. The recent events in Jerusalem had dashed their hopes in Jesus. Although they had witnessed His crucifixion and probably sat under His teaching, they did not recognize their Redeemer.

The second concerns timing and purpose. The Lord can hold back revelation and often does when it serves His purpose. God will only unveil His presence at the appropriate time. Jesus may have kept these two disciples from recognizing Him until He could give them a fuller understanding of God’s purpose.

Whether we are momentarily kept from recognition or preoccupied with our own concerns, the solution is always the same. We must stop and focus again upon Jesus.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me recognize Your presence on each road that I travel.

—Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2004 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission)

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Emmaus Road: Part One

                             ALL THE SCRIPTURESTwo people walking

Read 2 Kings 23:31 through 25:30; Luke 24:25–52

As Cleopas and his companion walked the road heading toward Emmaus, doubt and discouragement traveled with them. These two disciples truly believed God sent Jesus of Nazareth to be the Redeemer of Israel. Jesus had touched the hearts of so many people, and His teachings and miracles revealed a Heavenly Father who cared for Jew and Gentile alike. But now, everything they believed about this Messiah was in question. Prophetic promises, once understood, were now confusing. Recent events had left them with little hope. They needed answers.

Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself (Luke 24:27).

God’s cure for doubt and uncertainty remain the same today. If today you find yourself like the two on the road to Emmaus, open your Bible and study all the Scriptures that pertain to Jesus. With the Spirit’s help, you will see Him revealed throughout all the Scriptures. Each book in the Bible is necessary for your welfare as a Christian. Collectively, the Scriptures reveal the complete truth of God’s plans and purposes in Christ.

Prayer Suggestion: As you search through the Scriptures, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a deeper revelation of Jesus.

—Charles Earl Harrel

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