When people join the army, the first order of business is to make that person as strong as he or she needs to be for the task ahead. As you know they must do exercises and activities that are designed to make them strong as well as teach them to work as a team and depend on each other. Part of this training is an obstacle course which is a series of challenges that pretty much works the entire body. It seems that as soon as you overcome one obstacle there is another to challenge you.
Sometimes the Christian life seems like the obstacle course and if you are like me, when you are going through it all you want is out of it. These challenges have a purpose though, to make you strong and teach you skills that you will need to overcome the real enemy, which is satan and those who assist him. The obstacle course you face is designed to exercise your self control, your self denial, your faith and trust (is there a difference?) in your Father in Heaven. Every time i have been in the midst of one of these obstacle courses and finished without quitting, there has been a season of refreshing that followed. Every time i have been in one and given up before the victory, there has been a season of recovery and sooner or later a leading right back to the same course. He allows these trials to come our way to make us strong not to make us fail.
Jesus said in Mark 9:49 and 50  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
 Have you made a commitment lately and found yourself in the middle of an obstacle course? Stay the course and seal the commitment with faithfulness and understand that those around you are not your enemy, just sometimes being used by the enemy.
God Bless
gary
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10/16/01
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