It was soon time for Jesus to leave the earth. He knew he had to be careful how he breaks the news to his disciples. After all, the men had been with him for three years. Some have even walked away from their family and their livelihood. And Jesus had been their provider for the entire time. How could he leave them now? He had to have a good explanation, and he had to use tact.
So, after telling his disciples about his father’s mansion and that there was room for everybody, Jesus said, “You know the way to where I am going,” (John 14:4).
Then, a puzzled Thomas said to him:
“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
My dear Father, on occasions I get worn out and weary. I work hard. I try to do the right thing, but often my circumstances overwhelmed me, and I lose focus. Teach me to train my eyes on You, and not on my situation. Lift me, and guide my eyes to see the joy of the reward that awaits me. I pray for perseverance as I consider the satisfaction of the prize; I get to be with you forever in heaven. Free of pain, full of joy.Refill me with your truth, O Lord. Amen
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he faced from sinful people;[ then you won’t become weary and give up.
Christians aren’t perfect. We have faults and shortcomings, and we make mistakes. But the more we strive to grow in Christ the more we’ll see that we have a long way to go before we achieve perfection.
Therefore, we should never tricked ourselves into thinking that we are perfect. When we make mistakes, we must own them, learn from them and forget them. Still, this is not easy. But if we kept our eyes on the prize, and maintain our focus, we will achieve our desired objective.
Christians must be humble
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Every day is a special day; even when you are tested and tried. You can rest assured that each day comes with God’s never-ending love and faithfulness. So, one does not have to wait for a spectacular moment to declare as the Psalmist did:
Today is the day which the Lord has made; Let me rejoice and be glad in it.
Temptation is something every Christian face. And it doesn’t matter how long you have been following Christ. But if we remain watchful and pray for ourselves and others, the Holy Spirit will enable us to resist temptation. Here are five tried and true steps Mary Fairchild of http://www.thoughtco.com says you can take to resist temptation.
Recognize your tendency to Sin
Flee from temptation
Resist temptation with the Word of truth
Refocus your mind and heart with praise
Repent quickly when you fail
Watch with me and pray lest the Tempter overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.