“They will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them; for He is Lord of lords and King of kings—and those with Him and on His side are chosen and called [elected] and loyal and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14 ->me: This is a topper to the message by Pastor Steve, phone call with my best friend, and the last week on this new project.  When Pastor Steve told us to ask ourselves what we were needing right now -> Courage or Strength; it was an automatic answer for me…STRENGTH!  This last week has been full of distractions, pressure, stress, hurriedness, and excitement…none of these things are bad unless they draw you away from the Almighty.  I was talking Teague (my best friend) on the phone this evening and explaining how quickly distant I had become from the Lord by just being…Busy.  I need the Lord’s strength to stay true to my ultimate hope which rests in Him.  God has given me the skills and job that I have, but He also deserves my obedience, focus, and surrender to Himself.  When I am in these places of structured focus work towards an objective, I can quickly start to use my own strength and know how to get the job done but God is the main focus of my desire and He should receive all the glory for the work I do…not me.  God has the end-all-be-all power in the Universe; the same power that will defeat satan and these rulers (the ‘they’ in the beginning of the verse today).  I need the Lord’s strength to remember Him through every moment, meeting, conversation, and work situation that is to come over the next months.

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