Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Are You Going To Finish Strong?

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Acts 20:24 - "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."


This young man is quite amazing! He has such strong faith! A powerful testimony! But guess what? The same faith and strength is available to each and every one of us! On another video, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtweZxNGk1Y) Nick Vijicic says, “We can’t compare sufferings.” So true… we sit and see this young man and say, ‘wow, he has been delt a low blow’, or ‘ his suffering is so great so he needs more faith’. No, it doesn’t work that way. The same amount of faith is offered to all of us! We just have to CLAIM it! BEE-lieve it! In 1Thes. 3:7 - Paul says, “So we have been greatly comforted, dear brothers and sisters, in all of our own crushing troubles and suffering, because you have remained strong in your faith.” He also says in Col 2:7Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done.” Where does strong faith come from? GOD! How does our faith grow? By knowing God more; and drawing up nourishment from Him. This is why I started the study on my blog called – Getting To Knowing God More. I want to have strong faith; I want my life to overflow with thanksgiving for ALL He has done! When my life on earth is over, may it be said of me as Paul wrote to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2Tim. 4:7)

What about you? Do you want to finish strong?

Thank you Heavenly Father that You loved us so much that you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on an old cruel cross for our sins so we can receive this marvelous faith to help us finish our “course” with joy. May our lives overflow with Your joy, with thanksgiving for ALL You have done for us. May our roots grow down deep into You and draw up nourishment from You so that we can remain strong in our faith and testify to Your gospel and finish our course strong. In Jesus precious name, amen.



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14 comments:

Denise said...

Yes, I want to finish strong.

Lynn said...

Hi Michele,

I really enjoyed your post today. I really thought it was a great point that we can't compare sufferings. I enjoyed reading and visiting your place today. Happy TT.

Lisa said...

Wonderful post Michele, that video was so incredible, the faces on those kids while that young man was talking. I am going to share that others. Really makes one think.

He And Me + 3 said...

This man is amazing. His story is amazing. Oh to be so strong. I want to finish strong for sure.

Jill said...

Vics story is amazing! Every time I watch anything by him life gets put into perspective really quickly.

God has done an amazing work through this powerful young man.

Thanks for sharing! Joining in the race to endure by faith!

Love and hugs,
Jill

Jennifer said...

Absolutely amazing! My prayer is to certainly finish strong!

Happy TT!
Jenn

Pia said...

yup, i want to finish strong, most definitely. God bless you, michelle.

Grammy said...

A wonderful tt post. I enjoyed it so. Thank you.

luvmy4sons said...

He has an amazing testimony...it is unbelievable that he could ever think that his suffering can be compared to...but we can't compare sufferings. God is in charge of each life and each has good purposes of God behind all we are allowed to suffer. It is my sincere hope I finish strong AND fight the good fight all the way through.

Nancie said...

Thanks for sharing this encouraging video. Thanks for sharing those encouraging verses too. May God continue to bless and guide you in this new year. Take care!

Beth in NC said...

That was beautiful. Thankfully I haven't put on my makeup yet this morning! Thank you for sharing Michele!

Lori said...

Amen, strong faith comes from our weakness and knowing Him more. Great reminder. Have a great Thursday.

Laurie Ann said...

Oh, how strong I want to finish in honor of my Savior! I rejoice that He has gifted this young man in his suffering and how He has comforted us in ours. It's true that sufferings can't be compared. We all feel them in such deep ways. Great Thankful Thursday post, Michele! I love it! Happy TT to you.

Rita T. said...

I want to finish strong, but sometimes I feel so weak!