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I Chronicles 29:11 ” Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O Lord, is the Kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.”

Great and mighty is Your name, O Lord, for Your magnificent glory is on display for all to see.  We thank you today for Your love and mercy…and praise You for all You’ve done for us.  We lift Your name on high, for only You rule and reign over heaven and earth.  Amen.

I Corinthians 9:24-25 ” Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

No one walks casually into the Olympic Games and announces they’ve decided for the fun of it to compete in a race.  Olympic athletes train for years…fully committed in all aspects of their lives with concentration and drive.  And in the end for a few, their heroic struggle pays off with a gold medal.  Our Christian life is one of training daily and fighting for victory over temptation.  James 1:12 tells us, ” Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”  We are in training for a crown of life, a crown of glory that will never fade away, and eternal victory.

I Corinthians 15: 57-58 ” But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

In these verses the Apostle Paul is encouraging the Church in Corinth to not give up in doing the Lord’s work, no matter how unimportant it may seem.   Even today in this goal oriented world, we  want anything we do for the Lord to have measurable outcomes.  So if we aren’t achieving specific concrete results, we feel that our work is insignificant.  But Paul addresses this notion earlier in his letter when he writes, ” What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (I Corinthians 3: 5-6) We need to realize that God’s purpose is in the process not in His final goal. And each one of us have a unique role to play in this process.  For nothing we’ll ever do in the name of the Lord is futile or pointless….and no matter how big or small the task,  will it ever be a waste of time when it comes to Kingdom work.  For as long as we are obedient and persevere in the race the Lord has laid out before us, we will be victorious.

I Corinthians 11:28 ” A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.”

Paul had not been with the Believers of the Church in Corinth for about three years.  But he had gotten wind of the abuses that were happening concerning the Lord’s Supper…or if you will, Holy Communion or the Eucharist.  Here he was instructing them to stop and soberly scrutinize and determine whether they were worthy of taking Communion…before they partook.   When something becomes so ritualistic and automatic, we tend to perform it without thinking…going through the motions without allowing it to impact us.   We are to examine ourselves first, before we participate…for who better to ascertain our own spiritual condition than us?  And don’t worry, what you choose to ignore…the Holy Spirit will be faithful to point it out!

Exodus 4:13 ” O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

God had gotten Moses’s attention with a burning bush.  But when God spoke to him out of it…Moses still wouldn’t believe Him.  In their short conversation, Moses objected five times, giving excuse after excuse of why he wasn’t the person to deliver the Hebrew children out of Egypt.  Here in verse 13, we find Moses still hesitating…asking God, “Isn’t there somebody else you can send?”  When we have no self-confidence, self-esteem, or self-worth it’s difficult, if not almost impossible, to see in ourselves what God sees in us.  For God sees our potential and we need to be brave enough to trust Him.

Hebrews 13:7 ” Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

I was blessed enough in my early Christian walk to have a lovely older lady come into my life.  Joyce came up along side, took my arm, and together we navigated what being a Christian meant.  Was she perfect with a perfect family?   No, in fact, they had experienced many upheavals in their marriage.  But what I saw in her  was a God-centered life, marriage, and family, and that gave me hope that God could  work in me.  Through her example, Joyce guided, coached, and shepherded me on this brand new journey called Christianity.   She was my mentor…and I will always admire her firm conviction, her consistent faith, and her unchanging trust in God.

John 11:43 ” Jesus called out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ “

When Jesus shouted into that grave, He was taking divine authority over death.  And this wasn’t the only time He did this.  In Luke 7:14 He raised back to life the only son of a widow when He touched the coffin and said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”  And when He ordered the dead daughter of Jairus to, “Get up!”… she did. (Luke 8:54)  But His disciples were also witnesses to these miracles…and their faith grew with each one. For we find in Acts 9:40, Peter was called to pray for a lovely old woman by the name of Dorcas, a devote Follower, who had died.   Under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit within, Peter repeated the same words of Jesus, “Get up!”…and Dorcas came back to life.