A Little Bit of Faith
The Cost of Victory
The past week Jennifer and I have had the joy of celebrating with two of our Seniors who graduated this year. It was one of those "good food, good people, good times" sort of occasions.
Every High Schooler looks forward to that chapter closing so they can begin the next one, but the next chapter will have all new challenges itself. But, as the greatest wrestler of all time once said, "Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits!" (Ric Flair added a "woo" after, though).
The fact is, many people don't challenge their limits. They live in fear even though often God tells us in His word not to fear, but to trust Him!
In my reading this morning I happened to read of Jehoshaphat, who was facing a great battle, and the Bible tells us, "Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah" (2 Chronicle 20:3) and all Judah comes together to seek the Lord.
God tells them, "Do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's" (v. 15). He tells them, "You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you." (v. 17).
Now, there are some battles we're going to have to fight, there are some we can sit out and let the Lord do as He wills. But the key begins in verse 3 - when he was afraid, Jehoshaphat set his face to seek the Lord.
In your battles this summer, set your face towards God. Pray the Holy Spirit empowers you, grows you in Christ, to be Christ-like, to model Him in the midst of the battle and to walk out with a victory. And you know, not every ending will give us the end results we want, but if we are in Him, we win. Period.
I hope this newsletter encourages you, and we'll see you Sunday!
Help us make the Happy Days parade even more exciting as we need volunteers to pass out water bottles, throw candy from the float, and help built the float as well. Please speak with Mindy Wiltse or Pastor Jeff with any ideas or volunteer information!