Stay The Course

“You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it (Psalm 119:1-4, MSG).”

On the rough days, we would be wise to remember what’s at sake. What’s waiting for us?

If we stay the course, we win the prize. We get the reward. Simply put, we win.

This can apply to any area of our life.

In how we live out our own faith in Jesus Christ on a daily basis.

Encouraging others in their own walk.

Teaching others His truth.

In Dating/Waiting (Yes, even this!)

Even in the physical aspect of our life through nutrition and fitness.

In Scripture…

the Christian life can be likened to that of a physical race (see 1 Cor. 9:24-28). We need to keep running, continue in our training, knowing that “in due season we will reap our reward” (see Gal. 6:8-10).

This marathon of faith we are running, let’s just give it all we got. We may be weary. I know, I feel ya – my friend. I am too. But when we get a glimpse of what is waiting for us on the other side, it is far more than worthy of all we are enduring.

The Most Encourage Thing We Could Read…

Read 2 Cor. 4:16-18.

In 2 Cor. 4:17, we are reminded that these earthly things we face – can’t compare to eternity. It can’t compare to the eternity that we will spend with our Savior Jesus – for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ! I love the encouragement just before this statement in verse 17, where the Apostle Paul encourages us as believers to…

“not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

We can keep our eyes focused on Jesus (verse 18), and be encouraged – knowing that Jesus – our Great Redeemer will renew us in the process of being pressed.

This is exactly why we can live out this imperative – this command to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Let me say it again:

When we get a glimpse of what is waiting on us on the other side (eternal perspective), it will be soo worth it!! Just hang on, dear reader. Hang onto JESUS – our Redeemer!

As I Write This…

I am munching on a freshly sliced apple (minus the stumbling block of Sunbutter that I can’t have in a self-controlled manner), thinking over my day (it’s been a dozey), yet this reminder reminds strong. It isn’t the first time the Holy Spirit (God-given) thought have taken me over..

IF I CAN stay the course, I will find abundant life.

More abundant than if I try to take a short cut in a nearby field (unknowingly, attracting the beast of the field – who stand ready to attack). In my life, I will face attacks. Spiritually attacks. By the enemy known as the devil. As John 10:10 says, he comes for three purposes – to steal, kill, and destroy. I have experienced this in my circumstances. Maybe, you have too.

We need to consider how we are living our life. There are three target areas I have – to combat the enemy. Maybe, you have your own choice areas that you know to focus on – to avoid these sudden attacks.

My Quiet Time –

This means I need to get serious about my quiet time with the Lord. This is one thing I have become convinced of these past few days. I need to get serious about drawing to closer to the Lord. I need to get serious about my 5 am (or another appointment time) wake up call, so I can be alone with my Savior. So, I can bring the needs of myself and my family before the Lord – before I begin trying to work through my day. Right now, I am going through the Armor of God – which is helping me to see just how much I need to begin my day spent in His Word of Truth. I need to begin my day with worship.

My Spiritual Health –

The brink between “just a quiet time” and overall well-being. The intrinisic part of my life is where spiritual health is found. It is composed of my mind/thoughts, emotions, my desires (my will), and much more. Here’s the thing: I want to glorify God with all I am! There are a lot of areas of my life that can disturb my spiritual health. IE) The shows I watch – affect my mind, thus affecting my spiritual life.

Proverbs 4:23 teaches us to “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts (MSG).”

My Physical Health –

This means making sure I stay on the plotted course. Late last year, the Lord revealed to me through the Holy Spirit specific foods that hinder my well-being. So, I have taken those things out of my diet. Like anyone would, I am getting weary with the new diet (on top of avoiding food allergies). It is a huge blessing to stay walk the plotted course, knowing this is where the blessing is. This is the plotted course, I have to stay on – as I continue to pray and seek God’s healing for my overall well-being – which includes my mind and will.

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4 thoughts on “Stay The Course

  1. Anonymous says:

    The spiritual battle I am fighting is becoming harder, harder to keep my soul at ease. I know that God and Jesus do battle for me, it’s just most of the time I feel a lone. Yet I know that in my heart of hearts God’s promise to walk with us and to never leave us is so very true.
    I am to be “strong and of good courage”. This is I understand and really have no problem with, and perhaps my problems does not lie in the spiritual battle(knowing God has it) rather getting a certain person to do what I ask to the point I must get mean with her to get her to listen, still she just lays there like a log. I am wore down with getting her doing what she should be doing.

    This reading as like the others have helped me spiritual indeed, I learn more and more about our Awesome, powerful Father.
    I just wish He would light a fire under her butt !!!

    Thank you Stacey for your hard work and wonderful inspiration.
    God Bless you always and every day my sister.

    • Stacey Patrick says:

      Every battle we face, God wants to help us conquer. I am praying for you, right now. I felt led to share these words with you today –

      “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm (Ephesians 6:12-13, NLT).”

      That battle you face, is the Lord’s. It’s soo hard to be in those circumstances, where it feels like yelling is the only way to get anyone’s attention. Just know, that you are not alone. I am always available to talk. Always.

  2. Hillary says:

    It is so tempting sometimes to give up, because the race is long. But we do not give up. The Holy Spirit gives us courage to continue the battle and to continue the race, despite our own failings and discouragement or the violence and hatred we find in the world. Good post.

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