As I look back over the last 16 years as a Christ follower, I’m realizing how much my beliefs and views of our Lord has changed. As a young follower, my ideas of a model believer, worshiper and pastor were defined by man. Those beliefs have been dramatically changed as I’ve read His word, listen to the messages of many godly men and followed His leading for my life.
Many years ago I heard Bishop TD Jakes talking about mountain top experiences and what you can expect after you’ve been there. He said, and I paraphrase, “When the Lord leads you to a mountaintop experience, there will always be a fresh devil waiting at the bottom of the hill to steal your joy.” If I had a nickel for every time this happened…yes, the enemy will always try to steal your joy, ALWAYS!
I’m reminded this morning that not only is He the God of the universe, but He is a Father who loves us beyond anything we can comprehend. Spend a few minutes this morning worshiping Him!
Phil 3:14 ‘I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’
It’s hot, humid and buggy in the racing business in the late summer and early fall. It seems like it rains more often which puts everyone on edge…the racers, promoters, track operators and media crews small and large. I have found when the bone-weary days hit, we must be on high alert against the attacks of the enemy. It’s easy to become discouraged when you’re tired, it’s late at night and you have to much time to ponder the motives of those around you which are usually nothing more than a figment of your imagination.
Today is a day for us to shine in our business like never before. Not because we do not bring our best every time we do our job, but because the enemy is sending his minions to try and kill, crush and destroy us. I have no need to get into any specifics because they simply do not matter. Today we will be the light of Christ on our world through our actions.