Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 100, Conclusion)
Finishing Strong
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
John 17:4 (NKJV)
But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability.

2 Corinthians 8:11 (NASB)
In every show that's ever been produced, in every song that's ever been performed, in every job that's ever been started, in every contest that's ever been waged, in every battle that's ever been fought, in every vow that's ever been given, in every course that's ever been taken... a strong finish is essential to win.

You can make big mistakes along the way and emerge from them victoriously (which sports fans witness in the world's best games)... if you refuse to quit and finish strong. But here's the extremely challenging part: close to the end of your hardest trials is when Satan gives you your hardest hits.

Like seeing the high walls of Jericho at the end of a 40-year journey. Like the wrong son trying claiming his throne at the end of King David's war-torn life. Like being sorely tempted by Satan at the end of our Lord's 40-day fast. Like hanging alone on a brutal Cross at the end of a perfectly played life.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: How many talented performers got discouraged and left the field just days before a breakthrough role would come? So they never knew how close they were to reaping the desires of their hearts... because they forgot to finish strong.

I declare (and hope you will affirm) that your destiny is victory. So if you feel hammered in life's ring, Jesus Himself will empower you with a championship knock out punch, if you pray, hang tough and do not quit.

'Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith' (Hebrews 12:1-3).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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