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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

THE FINISH LINE
by Rev. Don Rivers

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  We have come to the conclusion of our winter Bible study and have covered many topics. Have they given us cause to reevaluate some of our thoughts and actions? I know they have mine. Letís take a quick trip to victory lane for a race recap from the winner. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  If you have been riding along with us you know that for the past few weeks we have been reading and studying Psalm 23. Recorded by David to help us see what he learned as he went through life. He helps us understand what God has for us.

Psalm 23, A psalm of David

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

  We covered three main topics that should help us put the right foundation in place in our lives to face the days and weeks ahead. Think about these as we review: one; who is responsible, two; who is leading, and three; what is it worth.

  We deal with these three every day in racing. Who is paying the bills? They are the ones ultimately responsible for making things happen. You cannot race without money. That person makes or breaks a racing program, without someone who has the resources and truly cares there is no program. You can have the resources but without the heart it doesnít have the same meaning. The person paying the bills has to have their heart in it also.

  God, in a similar way wants us to know He cares for us and he loves us, He created us and plans an abundant life for us. He has the resources to provide for our every need and His heart is in it, He loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to sacrifice His life for us.

  I was reminded of the illustration of the chicken and the pig. You see to provide breakfast for us the chicken participated, provided the eggs, but the pig was committed, he gave his life for the bacon. Which one would you rather team up with, someone who wants to participate or someone who is willing to give their life to provide for you? I think I want the latter. God has the resources and cares for each one of us. He doesnít just want to participate in our life, He is committed to providing for us.

  We then moved on to leadership and asked ourselves the question, who is leading the parade? There are only two choices here, God or us, one is right and one is wrong, you probably can guess at this one. Funny thing is though, we think we know better and only when we have dug ourselves in over our head do we look to God for help. I am thankful that we serve a caring and forgiving God and when I cry for help, He reaches down and pulls me out of the hole I am in. Remember the right road is not always the easy way.

  I asked for Strength.........And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.
  I asked for Wisdom.........And God gave me Problems to solve.
  I asked for Prosperity.........And God gave me brain and brawn to work.
  I asked for Courage.........And God gave me Danger to overcome.
  I asked for Love.........And God gave me Troubled people to help.
  I asked for Favors.........And God gave me Opportunities.
  I received nothing I wanted........I received everything I needed !

  We then moved on to evaluate the value of a relationship with God, what is it worth? Make an offer is a common phrase we have in racing, the value of something is only worth what someone is willing to pay. Many things we sell for less than we paid because we donít need them any longer. Once they were the most valued thing we had but now they donít hold the same value.

  Stop here and think about the relationships you have had in your life. Think about the stages of those and how some of them are not what they used to be, frankly because we do not value them any longer. For whatever reason we have determined they are not worth the effort to maintain.

  God desires a relationship with each one of us. Our value to him does not change no matter what we do. He values us so much that He gave His life for us. He has the resources, He cares for us, He knows what we need, He will not leave us or forsake us. He is worthy.

  It is all summed up in this one verse;

Psalm 23:1, nlt; The Lord is my Shepard, I have everything I need.

  Do you?

  Start the foundation that will withstand the storms that life will throw at us. Stand firm in your reliance on God to provide, to lead and to care for you. God Bless.

  THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT - We received several encouraging envelopes in response to our request a few weeks back. Thank you to all those who took the time and made the effort. We are still receiving those envelopes and words cannot express how much they mean. Thank you; we are heading in the right direction to retire the debt!

  PARTNERS STILL NEEDED - As we look ahead to the 2017 season there are many opportunities for you to partner for us. We have trips on the schedule to Memphis, TN; Berlin, MI; Newton, IA and many others. Thank you to the two partners that have come on board to help with our journey. If you would like to help head to rwjm.com/donate. Thank you for your support.

  Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

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Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
 

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."


   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
 


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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: March 23, 2017

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