TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
God is inviting you into a new place of intentionality. Where before, things were chaotic, now you will walk in a newness of intentionally fighting the right battles!
THE BEST OF INTENTIONS
Overcomers finish strong, and you, my friend, are an overcomer. If you are born of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, you have no other option than to overcome the hell Satan throws at you in this life.
Paul saw plenty of hell on earth. Roman beatings, imprisonment, sickness, shipwrecks, hunger, thirst. I’m sure the greatest pain he bore was watching loved ones turning not only away from him, but away from Paul’s beloved Jesus.
Remember, Paul saw Jesus face to face on the road to Damascus. He knows that he knows that Jesus is God. How painful to know something is real and true, but those you love reject it and you!
Despite this, Paul says something amazing at the end of his life.
“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
– 2 Timothy 4:6-7
Paul knows he’s fought hard. He’s battled man’s will and wrath. He overcame Satan’s attacks. He even outlasted his own imperfect self – that thorn in his flesh that haunted his thoughts.
Yes, the good fight is one that you win, and believe me, Paul won his race to fulfill his destiny – his purpose in life. This verse is truly about Paul’s big finish.
Paul didn’t finish big just because he was chosen by God to carry the message of Jesus to the Gentiles. Samson was chosen but failed miserably. Paul could say he fought the good fight because it had been his intention for decades to do so. Decades!
He worked hard toward his goal and, as God promised, he reaped what he sowed – victory! If Paul had not been intentional, determined and dogged that he was going to be a drop-dead, sold-out Jesus freak to the end, his finish might have been different.
That’s the message today. Be intentional about following Jesus. Be determined to bring others to salvation. Doggedly go after any and all Godly things. Make a plan and map out your life for your big finish.
You have one, you know. There is a big finish waiting for you. You just have to claim it today and, like Paul, chase after your purpose to the finish line.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO DETERMINE THE OUTCOME OF YOUR RACE. GO THAT EXTRA MILE IN BEING INTENTIONAL WITH GOD’S LOVE FOR OTHERS.
FROM MY BOOK LIVING LIFE FORWARD