Valley of decision: The finisher-3
Joel 3:14 “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.”
2 Corinthians 11:26 “In hard traveling year in and year out, I’ve had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I’ve been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers.”
2 Corinthians 11:27 “I’ve known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather.” (MSG)
The above were accounts of the man called Apostle Paul. Many times I ask myself if I can go through all that and still finish well.
How can a single man endure so much hardship and not quit? He didn’t quit because he had set his eyes on the finishing line from day one.
He rounded it up by saying:
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.”
That’s one of the most powerful statements of intent and dogged commitments in the bible. Each time those words crosses my mind I get encouraged and more determined.
Paul said, “NONE OF THESE THINGS MOVE ME…!”. That’s the thought and mindset of a finisher.
Friend, there is no venture on earth without those challenges. As a matter of fact I took a critical and analytical look at what Paul said in that book of 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 and discovered that every reason why a man should quit were listed there.
When you see a man give up on the road of destiny he has one of those excuses to give but not Paul.
This man went on further and made another powerful statement…
To be continued…
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