September 15th, 2017

Philippians 3: 14: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Giselle's Devotional, home-page, by Giselle.

There is a song I remember from years back which says,” I’m going on toward the mark, toward my Home. So many lives depend on what I do; give me the strength, dear Lord, I’m going on for You.” What an eye-opener, especially when our eyes have wandered, and have been distracted by varied daily situations. We will never know what influence for Eternity we have had on anyone until we get to Heaven, but we can know for sure what the impact would be if we were to let go of our testimony here and now. Imagine our spouse, children, friends, people in the Church, family members who are closely watching us, people we have witnessed to. The list can go on forever. It is so important to know that there is always someone else that I will affect for good or for bad in my daily walk. I may deceive myself for a while that what I do as a Christian does not really matter that much to a lot of people.

Hebrews 12: 1: says, “Therefore since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” In light of these words we see that we are in a race surrounded by Heavenly witnesses, as well, urging us on. How much more important that the earthly ones watching be affected, if we take our eyes off Jesus, our eternal Reward? Hebrews 12 : 2a: says, “Fixing our eyes on Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith.”

Dearest Holy Lord Jesus, thank You so very much for keeping us from all error and deception, and for turning our eyes quickly back upon You when we have been distracted for whatever reason. Thank You for Your forgiveness and mercy which never fail, and help us to stay the course which has been set for our entire life through Your Holy Word. Thank You for Your precious Blood, which has the Power to wash us afresh each day that we may remain pure in Thy Sight. Glory to You alone!

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