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by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…Gideon…crossed over, exhausted but still in pursuit.’ Judges 8:4 NKJV

Are you thinking of quitting? You believed you could make a difference until they poured criticism and cold water on you. At that point you decided it was easier to adjust your expectations to their opinion and just keep smiling. Don’t do it; God has too much invested in you! The comfort zone is for those who are exempt from pain but denied progress; protected from failure but held in the grip of mediocrity. Get up and get out of there while you still can: ‘…strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die…’ (Revelation 3:2 NKJV) Open your Bible and begin to fill your mind with God’s promises; they’re powerful motivators. Pray, believing God for great things. Plug in at church. Rekindle your desire, for ultimately that’s what determines your destiny! Jesus suffered the loss of His disciples, His friends, and even His clothes (John 19:23-24). But they couldn’t rob Him of ‘…the joy that was set before Him…’ (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV) Even while He was dying He continued to minister. Then He went into hell, came out with the lock and keys and announced, ‘I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore…’ (Revelation 1:18 NKJV) And He is your example!

When Gideon fought the Midianites we read that he ‘…came to the Jordan, he and the three hundred men who were with him crossed over, exhausted but still in pursuit.’ Because Gideon refused to let the Jordan River intimidate him, or fatigue stop him, God gave him a great victory! And He will do the same for you.

SoulFood: Jam 3-5, Luke 23:13-25, Ps 7:10-17, Pr 10:17-18

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