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A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Dear Colleagues,

PROFILE OF A FINISHER – Principles taken from Psalm 84 (Part 3 of 3)

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In the previous two Facts we have discussed Desperation for God, A heart filled with praise, and Singleness of heart and mind as qualities of a finisher.

  Overcomer: As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs (vs. 6a)

The Valley of Baca is a place of mourning, weeping, and tears.  A place of dry and barren conditions; a place of much difficulty and privation. But this pilgrim has determined that nothing can deter him from winning over his circumstances. He makes lemonade out of lemons. Since he showed up in this parched place of tears he has made it a place of springs. He is living proof that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Rom. 8:37).  (See Job 23:8-10; Psa. 66:10-12; Isa. 43:7; 41:18; Act. 14:22; Rom. 5:3-5; 2 Cor. 4:16-18)

In 1967 Joni Erickson (Tada) was paralyzed in a diving accident, thereby becoming a quadriplegic. Talk about overcoming!  Today, scores of people around the world continue to be ministered to by Joni through her writing, broadcasting, paintings (with a brush in her teeth),  singing, and family retreats.  Her organization collects used wheelchairs and has prisoners refurbish them. The wheel chairs are then donated to the disabled in developing countries.  Talk about making the Valley of Baca a place of springs!

Question:  Sohave you chosen by Gods enabling – to be an over comer?  Or have you chosen to be a victim of circumstances?

  Finisher:  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.  (vs. 7)

Finishers experience the promise of Deuteronomy 33:25: Your strength will equal your days. That is, they continually acquire fresh strength for the journey without surrendering to weariness or fatigue until they behold the countenance of God in Zion. (See 2 Chron. 16:9; Isa. 40:29; 41:10; 2Cor. 12:9; Phil. 4:13; Col. 1:11)

But finishers are in the minority:

Paul stayed the course: Chained to a prison wall, facing execution, he states to Timothy,  The time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Tim 4:6b, 7).  (See Act. 20:24; I Cor. 9:24-27; Phil. 3:14; Heb. 12:1, 2)

Demas buckled:  Paul: Demas has deserted me for love of this present world (2 Tim. 4:10a). (See (Psa.. 78:9; Phil. 3:18, 19; Lk. 9:62)

Question:  Given the present condition of your secret inner life, what is the probability that you will finish the pilgrimage well?  If your answer is in question, what practical changes do you need to make today?

This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

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