life, the devil will have to flee.

James said.... Resist the Devil and he will flee .... as if someone has thrown hot water on him.

God promises us in His Word.... in Isaiah 54:17, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD."

If you are on the Lord side.... Your heritage is one of victory and power.
If you are on the Lord side.... Your heritage is one of eternal life.
If you are on the Lord side.... Your heritage is one that gives you the right to shake the Devil off and walk on in the Lord to accomplish what God wants you to do in your life.

God wants you to stay on the course and to finish the race that is set before you. The attacks will come but the victory is yours already.

In closing let me give you this little illustration. Maybe you can remember to finish the race by remembering this story.

During the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City the crowd started to leave the Olympic Stadium. The last of the runners of the marathon race were being carried off the field. Then the crowd stopped as a flurry of activity began down on the field. When they looked to see what was happening, they saw that there was one lone runner on the home stretch. He would be the very last one to cross the finish line.

It was a runner from the little country of Tanzania, Africa. But he wasnít running to finish line in a blaze of glory, sprinting to show his skill, stamina and determination. Instead, he came limping into the stadium far behind the rest of the competitors. He had fallen on the course and injured his leg. He hobbled along, barley able to stand up, struggling with each step and leaving a trail of blood as he moved slowly along. The medical personnel on the field started to go to his aid, but he waved them back. He wanted no help. He was going to make it to the end at all costs.

After what seemed to be an eternity, and with an almost super-human effort, he finally crossed the finish line and collapsed just a foot past the mark, lying there too weak to get up on his own.

When the aides reached him to help him they asked, ďWhy did you finish the race when you were so badly injured? His answer is one that we should all remember in this race of life.

He said, ďMy country didnít send me 7,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 7,000 miles to finish the race!

Shake The Devil Off.... Finish your race! .... Never give up!

Just as surely as Paul was destined to reach Rome to fulfill the will of God in his life, we too must be willing to cross the finish line and win.....the race... because God has promised us the victory.

Itís part of our heritage and your inheritance.


Illustration: Goat that fell into the well