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April 18: Staying the Course

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy” Acts 20:24

Read:Acts 20:16-24; II Tim 4:1-8; I Corinthians 9:24-26

One of the most remarkable statements made by Apostle Paul, the writer of over half of the New Testament, who was used by God to take the Gospel farther than any other person in his days was, ‘I have finished my course, I have kept the faith’. He was saying he did not quit his journey of life halfway. And he didn’t find the easy way out. How many times have you and I been tempted to quit on God. You may have been standing waiting for a breakthrough for quite a while and it seems not to be coming. And many times when we finally decide we can’t wait anymore, we miss the blessing because the devil realized it was already on the way, and chose to intensify our frustration so would quit at the last minute. You and I must make up our minds once and for all, and draw a line in the sand to indicate we will never quit on God. That’s one sure way to fulfill our destinies. That’s why the Bible says having done all, we need to stand. Brother Kenneth Hagin used to interpret that scripture to mean we are instructed to stand there until we get what we are standing there for! Apostle Paul said in another place that he had made up in his mind to not count his life dear unto himself until he had finished his course with joy. Notice he was not planning to finish his course by grumbling and complaining through life. And you know that is the very thing Satan wants us to do. We are all on a divinely appointed race, and God ordained that each of us will win the prize like Apostle Paul. So determine to finish your course today. Declare it loud so Satan and his ugly demons can hear you clearly. I see you finishing your race in grand colors, in Jesus’ name, amen.