Summary: We must learn to "Shake the Devil Off" just because we are go through adversities, storms of life and the attacks of the principalities’ and evil deeds of Satan this do not mean that we are not in God’s perfect will. In fact, many times, it’s exactl
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 wasn’t 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, “Why 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, “My country didn’t 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.
It’s part of our heritage and your inheritance.
The Apostle Paul said..... “I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT.... I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE... I HAVE. KEPT THE FAITH.
Illustration: Goat that fell into the well and the farmer tried to bury it alive.
A farmer’s prize goat fell into a well one day. And he knew that he would not be able to pull it out so he decided to bury the goat alive in the well. He took his shovel and begin to throw dirt into the well. When dirt fell on the goat’s back he would shake it off and pack it under its feet. This went on continiously until the goat had pack enough dirt underneath his feet enabling him to stept of the well.
When the Devil.... LIES ON YOU.... SHAKE THE LIES OFF.... AND PACK HIM UNDER YOUR FEET AND DECLARE THAT THE LORD IS THE WAY.... THE TRUTH... AND THE LIFE.
When the Devil.... TRY TO STEAL YOUR JOY.... SHAKE HIM OFF.... AND PACK HIM UNDER YOUR FEET AND REJOICE IN THE LORD.
When the Devil .... TRY TO KILL YOUR FAITH.... SHAKE HIM OFF.... AND PACK THEM UNDER YOUR FEET AND WALK IN THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION.