Determined Resolve

by Carolyn Hope

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:22-24)

Paul was a man of resolve. He lived, breathed, and died for the Gospel of God. Again and again, he found himself in life-threatening situations; yet he was never dissuaded from his course.

Toward the end of Paul’s work, he was making his way to Jerusalem. Holy Spirit warned him on several occasions that going there would mean chains and persecution. While others assumed these warnings meant Paul should turn back, he took them as a reason to press forward. He was willing to do whatever it took to bring the Gospel to the people he was called to. “If only I may finish the race …” was the cry of his heart. Paul ran his race focused on the finish line. It didn’t matter what hurdles he had to jump over or what obstacles he had to go around. He was determined to finish with excellence and strength, and he did. He died for the sake of the Gospel, and today, his writings and influence live on.

If you’re going to live a life of resolve, you must be determined. You must be undaunted by the opposition that comes against you. Decide now that you will not settle for anything less than God’s plan for your life. Be convinced in your heart of who you are and what God has told you to do so that nothing in the world can sway you.

Take heart, dear one. It will not be easy, but Jesus is with you. Holy Spirit will teach you, and your Father will be your guide. You are not alone, and your resolve will lead to His glory.

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