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Focus On The Fight, Not The “Fright”

Robin Roberts had an outstanding career, first as an All-American Basketball star in college, elected to
the Basketball Hall of Fame, broadcaster on ESPN, and now a host on “Good Morning America.” She is
also a breast cancer survivor. But, because of all the chemo and radiation, she has now developed blood
disorder known as DMS. Sometime in the future she will need to have a bone marrow transplant in
order to live.
 
Monday, June 11, 2012 she made known publically her health condition. To help her deal with this
condition she said that she would “Focus on the Fight, Not on the Fright.” That is an outstanding
statement with regard to all obstacles! That philosophy will help anyone, no matter what trial one may
face. The challenge is to keep our focus on the fight rather than the fright. It is so easy to let fear take
over and when that happens, fear becomes our focus.
 
We need this philosophy to live life. If we stop to think about it, there are so many obstacles to living
life successfully that the fear of failure can become our focus. A successful life comes by keeping one’s
focus on the fight, not on the fright.
 
We need this philosophy in living the Christian life. Satan will do all in his power to get our minds off
fighting the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12). Rather than fear the challenges and the possible
failures in living the Christian life, we need to focus on the fight, not on the fright.
 
Let’s make this our philosophy! It is a biblical philosophy. Paul reminds us, “God has not given us the
spirit of fear, but of power and love, and disciple” (II Timothy 1:7). Let’s take Paul’s attitude, “I can do
all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 3:14).
 
Song: “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”
 
Dear Father, instill within us the courage needed to win every battle against Satan. We know the
victory comes to those who have faith. Increase our faith. In His name. Amen.
 
Wayne Burger, Conifer, CO
gwburger@q.com
 

 



What Will He Say?

Bible Verse for Today: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Ephesians 3:17).

People have been known to say that most Christians are hypocrites. A recent Barna Group study conducted a research survey to see how true this statement is (www.Barna.org). They tried to determine if Christians have the attitudes and actions of Jesus or if they have the beliefs and behaviors of the Pharisees.


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Do What You Can

Today’s Bible Verse: “For as his share is who goes down to battle, so shall his share be who stays
with the baggage” (1 Sam. 30:24).
 
Those who have been engaged in personal evangelism have tended to emphasize that every Christian
is responsible for carrying out the Great Commission, which is true. But it can, and has often been,
presented as if those sitting by the baggage are merely second class members, not carrying a full load.
 
David was pursuing the Amalekites with his army of 600 men, but some 200 of them became exhausted from the pursuit and the dwindling provisions. Not able to go any farther, they remained behind to guard the baggage, or as is said today, “watch the stuff.”
 
The 400 men returned victorious, but some felt they should not have to share the spoils with the
200 who merely watched. “No,” David said, “If you fought in the battle, you get a share and if
you stayed with the baggage, you get a share.” Surely, there’s a lesson here important to us.
 
In 1 Corinthains 12:14ff, Paul states the body consists of many members and not all have the same
function. It’s an emphasis of which all must be aware, that you are important to the body of Christ,
and to God, no matter the limitations of your body and resources and ability. Some then, as now,
couldn’t fight as hard or travel as fast, and some were aging and were soon worn out.
 
For inspiration, let’s look at those who did stay behind and why they were given credit. One, none had
deserted or rebelled. Two, there was no attempt to discourage those who went into battle. Three, all
rejoiced in the triumph, for they had waited with the baggage with not only hope, but anxiety. Fourth,
they did what they could.
 
And the result? David indicated they would be rewarded. The message seems to be, as if ever was,
“Do what you can, where you are, and with what you have!”
 
Hymn: “Rise Up, O Men of God”
 
Prayer: Dear Father, help us to understand and accept the role that each of your children plays, and may those of us who are weak find a compensation for lesser skills in love for one another. In His name. Amen.
 
Gordon V. Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA