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Faith can help overcome life's difficulties

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September 29, 2017

Faith keeps us going, writes George Deeble of Euroa Christian Fellowship.

With the onset of instant news, we are certainly much better informed, but at what cost?

It is easy to become cynical, depressed or develop a sense of hopelessness at the state of society.

We all need a strategy to prevent us from prey to these destructive emotions.

A former United Nations secretary once wrote: ‘‘When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles quiver under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite right as you wish — it is then you must not hesitate.’’

He was unwilling to give up: he refused to quit.

The successful life, as prescribed by many writers in the Bible, requires faithfulness until death, keeping a hand at the plow with no looking back, steadfast perseverance, racing hard for the tape, and fighting the good fight of faith.

Life consists of temptations to overcome, disappointments to handle, burdens to weary us and personal failures to depress us. It is easy to see why we are tempted to give up.

What keeps us going?

I believe it is faith; whether it be an ideal or a goal, faith in one’s own abilities, faith in others or in God.

My own personal preference is in the latter, because I believe in God’s promise in the Bible, that he will never leave or forsake me.

Faith in God has a reassuring permanency about it that the others lack.

Someone once asked James J. Corbett, at the time heavyweight boxing champion of the world, what was the most important thing a man must do to become a champion.

He replied, ‘‘Fight one more round’’.

The Duke of Wellington said the British soldiers at the battle of Waterloo were not any braver than their French counterparts, but they were brave for five minutes longer.

For us to be victorious, in the inevitable hard times, we must be prepared to fight just one more round and to be brave for five more minutes.

And if our faith is in an all-knowing, all-powerful and most importantly an all-loving God, we can be confident that one way or another we will know what true peace and victory is all about.

- George Deeble, Euroa Christian Fellowship

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