Today, I had the run of my life.
I started by thinking I would run 3 miles. I have this route that I usually go on that takes me all the way around from Douglas road to Sylvania Ave to Secor and then from Monroe back to home.
the first three miles
The first three miles were pitiful. I was tried and I hardly felt like I could make it. I was feeling sorry for myself saying things like, "Oh, God." "Why, God?" "Help me God". I starting singing the song, "My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You. All of my days, I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love..." I started pondering the words and what they meant, and how those words never exalted the self but exalted the God that self served. It gave me enough strength to make it around the corner. I made it to Monroe street and felt so good that I was going to go home, sit and relax, and then I heard something inside telling me, "It's your choice. You can stop now or you can go further. It's up to you." I knew that inside I wanted to go further, but right when I felt like I wanted to just stop I heard something tell me,"I will give you the strength to go on further, but the choice is up to you." I decided to go around one more time.
The Second three miles
This time around I was literally screaming, (I'm glad the neighbors didn't hear me! Good thing I was next to a main street so that cars could drown out my yelling.) I was literally screaming, "Oh God!!" "Oh God!!" It really hurt! It felt like I was going to die but I knew I wasn't! I felt so tired, like I didn't have the strength to go on for these two more miles. I literally felt like something was dying, but I knew they it was my own laziness and spoiled attitude.
By the time I turned the Monroe street corner this time, I started to hear God speak, and he said, "I don't give you the grace to stay in bed. No! I will give you the grace to win! Give you the grace to further!" I started to feel a power that came out of nowhere to go FURTHER! I heard something tell me, "You can stop here. You've gone the second mile!" But inside I wanted to see God's glory from the third time around. If he brought me out of the firth three miles where I didn't feel like I could even make it, and he brought be through the second round when I was literally screaming wishing I never rain in the first place, and now he's got me feeling POWER and GREAT STRENGTH!! Do you hink I'm going to stop now?? NO!! LORD, I WANT TO SEE YOUR GLORY!!!! To me this was the
So I ran the third three miles!
On the third three miles, you won't believe the strength I felt. Ask any runner. I'm not making this up! I was going faster than I was ever going the first 6 miles!! I wasn't afraid of the cars anymore! I wasn't afraid of the trails I was avoiding in the first 2 rounds! No! I was pushing forward and I was completely confident that I was not only going to make it, but that I was going to go further! I heard God speaking all over the place about the first round, the second round and the third round. He reminded me of my life. In the first round of my life, I fought the body, over coming my weight and stutter issue. In the second round I fought and conquered the soul and emotions and overcame depression and understood how to fight the good fight! And the third round is over coming the spirit with God's Holy Spirit and learning the value of working hard! My life flashed before my eyes, and I could see my life in three rounds, all three rounds and how they would feel in my life. I felt great power and suddenly this song game to me "Trample on satan's head, crumble satan's crowns." and then I heard, "The enemy has been defeated!! And death couldn't hold you down!! We're going to lift our voice in VICTORY! We're going to make our PRAISES LOUD! Shout unto God with a voice of TRIUMPH! Shout unto God with a voice of praise! We lift your name up! We lift your name up!"
I was running with strength and power I didn't know I had! I heard God say, Trample over the snack and the lion, and DESTROY the bear! Amen, Yes, Lord, I felt sweet victory! Around the end of the third lap it began to rain!! And then it rained harder!! It LITERALLY was the sweetest rain I EVER felt in my life! I knew it was the rain of victory in my life! If only you knew how much I wanted to give up and the COMPLETE VICTORY I would have missed out on - THAT IS HOW SWEEET THE 9TH MILE TASTED!!!
I walked around in the rain because it felt so good! I will never forget this rain! It was like the sun was shining too and it was bright!! The rain was so beautiful and I thought to myself, "Here's the rain! Finally it is raining!!" Now I know that the rain is coming. Just wait for the Lord! At the right time he will bring RAIN in your life!
When I went inside the house (I kid you not), it stopped raining. Just before it was POURING down rain. You can call that a coincidence. I call it GOD speaking to me and showing me His love! The victory of the LORD rained down in my life!!! Nothing will stop me from experiencing the victory we have in JESUS!! God is for us! He is not against us!! He is working hard and we WILL experience victory on ALL FOUR SIDES! Now I am sure of it!
I don't want grace to lose, I WANT GRACE TO WIN!
The three generations
The three generations in our lives
The first generation wins the battle. The second Generation wins the war. The third generation receives the inheritance for all eternity.
If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.