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Ferocious faith in your lungs

'Straining toward what is ahead, I press on.' Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

Remember how terrifying swimming lessons were at first? Well, developing your faith can be a very similar process. Fear's like water. If you let it, it will take you under. Faith is the air in your lungs. It will sustain you and keep you afloat if you just relax.

Sometimes we despair and say, 'I'm just keeping my head above water,' and that's okay, as long as we keep taking strokes and pressing on. It's in those times when we feel backed into a corner, with nowhere to turn, that we have to take hold of faith in God to keep moving forward. We must be relentless and fight our way through, confident that God's on our side (Psalm 56:9 NIV). The water we're in doesn't determine our destiny; it either carries us to it, or it takes us under. It takes faith to keep going. When we quit, God can't do anything more for us; we've taken ourselves out of the game.

Have you ever watched a seasoned swimmer? Stroke after stroke, he takes what's in front of him and pushes it behind him, letting it propel him toward his goal. He literally takes what stands between him and his goal, and uses it to get there. So today, whether you're doing freestyle, backstroke, or some other kind of stroke that nobody's heard of - keep pressing on.

So what now? If you're fighting through today, take a moment to ask yourself this question: am I fighting from panic and in my own strength, or am I fighting from faith?

Soulfood: Isa 53:1-12 Acts 8:26-40,

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