The River Devotional – January 30th

Statistically speaking, most people who are reading this have already quit on their 2015 resolution. It’s crazy to think that we as human beings cannot achieve at least one full month of change. Whether we tried to eat better, work out, stop smoking, or be better husbands or wives, we all failed at completing our goals! Failure is a hard thing to deal with. If you wallow in your failure, then the enemy has already beaten you. We are human and we are going to fail! That is a fact of life and there is nothing we can do about it. No matter how hard you push for change, all of us will fail in some area or another. The key to failing is not the failure itself, but how you respond to it. A great concept taught to us by Rocky Balboa is, “It’s not how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving!” We, as Christians, are called to a life of seeking Him everyday, but that does not mean we will or can be perfect. The Apostle Paul talks about this very concept. Philippians 3:13-14 says, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle Paul tells us that he had not attained where he should be, but he would not dwell on his past mistakes or failures. Instead, he would keep moving forward toward the prize which Christ has called him too. That prize is heaven, and he would not let anyone, anything, or past mistake keep him from moving forward. My prayer for you today, is that you do not let your past mistakes or failures keep you from moving forward into the life Jesus Christ has called you to.

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