Finishing Strong

On The Home Stretch

It is not how you start, it is how you finish – Anon

You feel battered, blistered, bruised, downcast spirit, feeble knees, drooping hands or wobbly legs? I have a got a word for you today. Hold on, don’t give up! At the beginning of the year like at the start of a race, on the blocks you were energetic, fired up and full of high hopes. It is a year of favour, open doors, breakthroughs, supernatural accomplishments, great exploits, change et c to different people. A year in which you really wanted to get your life to another level. The course might have taken a toll on you – your finances might be in the negative, the marriage might be on the verge, that bad habit is now even stronger, you lost your job, the economy is now dead, you have backsliden, the business is broke, the church still has the same number of members or less. What do you do? Give up? No way, you have come a long way, too far to give up that way! In competitive sports, the last lap, mile, round or 18th hole (in golf) is the home stretch. This requires the greatest concentration and unyielding effort. If you have to faint, you would rather faint after crossing the line. The year is not over yet, and always remember, it is not over until YOU win.

May the last few weeks of the year, be your home stretch. Give it your best concentration and effort. I personally believe this is my year of favour, and boy I will not give up believing, until the clock reads 11:59:59 on 31 December. Let me counsel you to also hold on to your dream, desire, word, vision for this year because the year is not over yet. Yes, a miracle can still happen in the last few weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds of the year. I am standing with you!

Learn Your Lessons

The year has 12 months for a reason, and there is a reason for every season you have gone through with your life this year. Your success hinges upon your ability to learn lessons from the seasons you have gone through. The omniscient Creator, in His wisdom has allowed the seasons in your life to get you closer to your destiny – I mean both the good and the bad! ‘Even the job that I lost’, you might ask? Yes. Just consider the trees of the forest. They certainly need all the seasons of the year for their perfection; the spring, summer, and autumn, for the development of their leaves and consequent formation of their juice, and of wood from this; and the winter for the hardening and solidifying the substance thus formed. The processes of the rising of the sap, of the formation of proper juices, of the unfolding of leaves, the opening of flowers, the fecundation of the fruit, the ripening of the seed, its proper deposition in order for the reproduction of a new plant; all these operations require a certain portion of time in the year. So it is with your life – the winter, autumn, summer and spring episodes you have experienced this year all have an ultimate purpose – that is to make you the best. Like in a marathon there are ups and downs, detours even, obstructions, but you press on because you know the goal is to cross the finishing line.

Crown The Year With Goodness

“Thy crownest the year with thy goodness, and thy paths drop fatness” – Psalm 65:11

There is one reason why your year will still be a good year if it hasn’t been already. Let me share with you some spiritual truths. In this ‘dying moments’ of the year , there is something that the Creator always does – He crowns the year with His goodness. A full and plentiful harvest is the crown of the year; and this springs from the unmerited goodness of your Creator. Your Creator has surrounded 2007 with His goodness, “compassed and enclosed it” on every side. The harvest is the plainest display of the divine bounty, and the crown of the year. The Creator Himself conducts the coronation, and sets the golden coronal upon the brow of the year. Let me use a metaphor to illustrate this point – your Creator’s love encircles the year as with a crown; each month has its gems, each day its pearl. Time will fail me if I share about how the best gems and most precious pearls are made – there is some heat and pressure involved. The providence of your Creator in its visitations makes a complete circuit, and surrounds the year. My desire is that your year may be crowned with goodness, a bountiful harvest, great calm within your borders, uncommon favour, inexplicable joy and undying hope. Don’t give up on that country, vision, marriage, business, job, relationship. It is in the 11th hour when miracles and breakthroughs happen. Never give up or give in. Hold fast. There is goodness in the air. Be encouraged to finish and to finish strong.

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