Sunday, July 24, 2005


This morning at the gym I saw a strong man lifting weights with intense strength and focus. This brought to mind a couple of thoughts: First, it is my deep desire to see David develop into a strong man of God (physically, emotionally, and spiritually).

The second thought is from Hebrews 12:1 - "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Just like that man focusing on lifting the weights with all his strength, I too need to keep my focus on Jesus Christ and run with endurance the trial that is set before my family.

We have joy because we believe troubles and difficulties are tools which refine and purify our faith, producing patience and endurance.

James 1:2 - My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

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