Wanted to share the entire devotion today for this weeks Take Me Deeper.
"Faithfulness is an essential character of God. Along with being compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love, faithfulness describes who God is; His very being (Exodus 34:6). God is a model of faithfulness. He is trustworthy, reliable, dependable, true to His promises – and God desires that His people be faithful as well. Faithfulness in God’s people is expressed by our devotion to God, our loyalty and total commitment to Him, and unwavering trust that He has our best interests at heart. Remaining faithful to God in our life-long process of spiritual transformation requires perseverance – “holding unswervingly to the hope we profess”. To hold unswervingly to something means we can’t be pried loose from it.
The process of being transformed into the image of Christ requires deep heart change and that goes against our natural instinct to remain in what is comfortable and known. Growth requires change, and often, change is painful. Faith is the fuel that enables us to persevere when times get tough because we are assured throughout Scripture that faithfulness will be formed in us through trials and times of testing. Ours passage above shows us two things about faith that help us in this journey of heart change: 1. The faith that comes through the blood of Jesus enables us to draw near to God with a sincere heart and full assurance that we have been cleansed from sin and forgiven; and 2. God is faithful. We can trust His promises. We can trust His love. We can trust that He is with us in all things. When we face the pain that comes with heart change we can hold onto our faith in the One who is faithful."
I see me running a race and I am constantly having things try to stop me or pull me back. However, I want to persevere and run the race God has given me to do for Him. Time can't stop me ( my age), people can't stop me- I run for, to and by HIM!