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April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

Judy Hollaway


January 4
Running with Jesus 2015

Luke 4:1 " And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,"

                After Jesus baptism His earthly ministry began. Right away the Spirit led Him into the wilderness and here he would undergo a long period of testing.
                Cross country running is one of the more challenging races my husband did this! because it is done on uneven terrain and has challenges like thick grass, smooth grass, bumpy or smooth surface, dirt, rocks, turns, hills—short, steep, and  long. This is tough on their thinking and each runner must understand that cross-country is about best effort over the course rather than pacing themselves like they do at road races.
                 Anytime we get serious with the Father we can expect our faithful enemy to show up.  Our race will be difficult at times. Notice Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost! And the Spirit led him this way. Often we have a tendency to tell new converts get saved and smooth sailing! This is not true often we can be led into difficult times too! Oft times our trial could be from own sin or personal choices and we better not put the blame on God for those poor choices. Confess and ask for strength to overcome.
                  Finally if we are led into a difficulty, ask God to strengthen you for the test. Realize you are in this race for the long haul. Test usually are given to reveal what we don't know and each test we enter can teach us things about ourselves and God we never knew. So upon running this race expect testing and opposition. Jesus had it and so will we if we run with Jesus!

 Father, help us run through this wilderness with strength we never dreamed possible. Help us with each test to endure!  Life will test us! Let's stay the course with Jesus! He will help us!

(Psalm 121:2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.)

Tomorrow: Meet our chief opponent in the race.

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