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"Circumstances (Pot-Holes) In Life"
Key Passage (I Corinthians 9:24, 25)
by Evangelist Clifford M. Smith, Th.D.

Circumstances, like pot-holes, pop up in our life all the time and so unexpectantly. At that time, we must decide what action we're going to take. That "one decision" can change your life forever. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:5, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." My dear brother/sister-in-Christ, whatever trouble comes your way, the Lord Jesus Christ is here to guide you by the Holy Spirit through prayer and the Word of God. When that time comes, don't reason with your mind(only), but seek also God's "will" in this matter. Now, lets look at how we can handle pot-holes, that pop up in our life. As a car-driver, I know that you've seen many pot-holes along the road at times. Do these pot-holes handle you or do you handle them?

How do pot-holes handle us, when we're driving down the road? They knock our wheel alignment out of whack and sometimes, even bend or break a tie-rod(Which may cause us to wreck). When we allow circumstances to handle us, its easy to see, how we lose the right direction in life. Of course, if you're not following Christ, then you're going the wrong way!

When we handle pot-holes, we can either fill them up, cover them up or go around them. We must NOT allow them to get us off course, because we must finish the race set before us! What race are we in, you may ask? The Bible says in I Corinthians 9:24, 25, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible."

As a child of God, we run to receive an incorruptible crown (That we may place it at the feet of Jesus), to "Glorify God!" The Lord Jesus Christ is the "foundation" of the building of our life (I Corinthians 3:10, 11). You choose what type of material, that the building will be built with. Your choices are as follows: (1) The Faithful Material - gold, silver and precious stones or (2) The Unfaithful Material - hay, wood or stubble. The "faithful" material will last, but the "unfaithful" material will be be burned up. Praise the Lord, that the Bible says in I Corinthians 3: 12-15 (As a child of God), that even though your building was burned up, your salvation is "Safe", because of your "Foundation" is the Lord Jesus Christ!

In closing, are you going to allow circumstances (pot-holes) to control your life(Like the wind or the waves of the sea) or will you face them head-on and overcome these circumstances, to achieve "God's Glory" for your life? I urge you, to keep your "EYES ON JESUS", to find your way in the course of life and to finish the race set before you!