A Challenging Coach

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

So, take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT2)

This passage vividly pictures God as a challenging coach who pushes us to our limits, encouraging us beyond what we think we can attain. When the pressure and opposition build, we must not be paralyzed with fear and inaction. We must get involved in the challenging contest.

Although we may not feel strong enough to push on to victory, we will be able to accomplish it as we follow Christ and draw on his strength. Then we can use our growing strength to help those around us who are weak and struggling.

These readers might have been low in spirits and weak in their resolve. Could that be us? After all, COVID-19 wasn’t supposed to last this long. It was not supposed to be a worldwide pandemic. Millions of people were not supposed to infected by it; but it has, and it did, and it has become wearisome to the spirit.

You were promised that your sickness and/or difficult situations would not take down your health or your livelihood. But it has and now you are bewildered. You feel like your every movement is an effort.

Spiritually speaking, it has been so long since you experienced the blessed presence of the Lord and now you are weak and drained of your spiritual vitality. Don’t give up on the Lord friend; He is still your help and your hope.

Imagine, blind Bartimaeus when he heard that Jesus was passing by; or the woman with the issue of blood when Jesus was coming down the road. Imagine how their hope must has soared. He was their only hope and then He was there.

As for you, Jesus is already there with you, call on Him, believe and doubt not. Go, ahead, lift up those weak hands; run in place but call on the Lord. He loves you and cares for you.

Remember, you can cast ALL your cares on Jesus, because He cares for you. Amen, amen, amen and amen.

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
Brother Bledsoe
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