Run Before The Wind OLS — Week Eight

It was literally freezing outside one November morning long before sunrise in Page, Arizona. We pulled into a parking lot in the pitch black and grabbed our cameras and tripods, ready for another morning of photography. I was fortunate to be with some great photographers on Nikon legend Bill Fortney’s His Light Ministries’ Grand Circle – Red Rock Adventure. And we were somewhere I had never been before — the famous Horseshoe Bend. And I had no idea what to expect. We hiked for almost a mile on a dirt trail, our small headlamps lighting the way in the darkness. We reached a huge rock cliff, barely recognizable in the early morning light. We slowly made our way toward the edge, and now I could see more clearly, as the sun was beginning to peek over the mountains behind us in the east. What I saw took my breath away. The rock formation with the Colorado River winding around it truly looked like a horseshoe. And we were almost hanging over the edge of this steep flat rock to get such a magnificent view.

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above. The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop. When you first see a rock expanse with magnificent color like Horseshoe Bend, you can’t help but think about something that cannot be shaken, something unmovable, solid and steadfast. Because Jesus is in our lives, and lives in us through the Holy Spirit, He gives us strength and courage for every difficult situation. He is the One who makes us steadfast even in the most difficult times of life.

In our final week of study in Run Before The Wind, we saw one of the most powerful roles the Holy Spirit has in our lives — encouragement. He is the great Encourager for you and for me And oh, how we need encouragement for difficult days. Life sometimes crashes in on us in unusual ways, but the trial is no match for Jesus. He is more and greater. He is the overcomer. We can count on Him.

I am so encouraged by the life of Paul from our study in Acts. I can’t wait to meet him in heaven. I was profoundly moved by his strength in the midst of many challenges as he carried out the ministry entrusted to him by the Lord Jesus Christ. We looked at 2 Corinthians 11:24-33 and wrote out all the ways Paul suffered. I made the list and it included 39 lashes 5 times, beaten with rods 3 times, stoned once, shipwrecked, in the deep, frequent journeys, dangers, labor, hardship, sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, no food, cold, exposure, and concern for the churches. I think it’s safe to say that Jesus’ words are true —

In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

In Paul we see a disciple of the Lord who was courageous. And our study this week explained the reason for his strength and courage. The Holy Spirit was at work in him, encouraging him every step of the way. I love the words of Acts 9:31 where we find that the church “was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit” and as a result “it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.”

There’s the secret dear friend. Do you need strength and encouragement today? Draw near to the Lord and ask Him for strength and encouragement through the power of the Holy Spirit. He will comfort you as only He can.

I loved these words in Enjoy His Presence in Day 2 of Week 8 —

As the wind of the Holy Spirit moves across the Word of God, He applies it as a balm to your weary and hurting heart. You will discover, as never before, what it is to be encouraged by the Lord.
Catherine Martin in Run Before The Wind

Oh how powerful the Word of God is as the Holy Spirit applies it to our hearts where we need it most! I have personally experienced this many times in my greatest trials.

As we are at the end of our study in the book of Acts in Run Before The Wind, I want you to take this next week to review the entire study and think about all that God has taught you. What is that one thing that you will take with you from this study in God’s Word? We will share it together next week. It has been such a joy to study God’s Word with you. I look forward to many more studies together in the future.

God bless you as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him.

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Your assignment this next week is to review Weeks 1-8 and read through your Letter to the Lord on Page 15 from Run Before The Wind — Truths from Acts to Enjoy Life in the Spirit. This will be a time of encouragement as you see all that the Lord taught you in this study. I will meet you back here with a final post on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Take some time now to pray one final time through the words of this prayer from The Valley Of Vision

LORD JESUS,
I am blind, be thou my light,
ignorant, be thou my wisdom,
self-willed, be thou my mind.
Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit’s voice,
and delightfully run after his beckoning hand;
Melt my conscience that no hardness remain,
make it alive to evil’s slightest touch;
When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds,
and there cease to tremble at all alarms.
Be my good shepherd to lead me into the green pastures of thy Word,
and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts.
Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly gales
may ruffle the calm surface of my soul.
Thy cross was upraised to be my refuge,
Thy blood streamed forth to wash me clean,
Thy death occurred to give me a surety,
Thy name is my property to save me,
By thee all heaven is poured into my heart,
but it is too narrow to comprehend thy love.
I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel,
but thy cross has brought me near,
has softened my heart,
has made me thy Father’s child,
has admitted me to thy family,
has made me joint-heir with thyself.
O that I may love thee as thou lovest me,
that I may walk worthy of thee, my Lord,
that I may reflect the image of heaven’s first-born.
May I always see thy beauty with the clear eye of faith,
and feel the power of thy Spirit in my heart,
for unless he move mightily in me,
no inward fire will be kindled.
A Prayer from The Valley Of Vision

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

How did the Lord encourage you this week in your study? What encouragement from the Holy Spirit do you need the most right now? What encouraged you the most about Paul? Share your most significant insight, a verse from God’s Word, or a quote from Week 8.
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In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

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  • Description: An early morning sunrise at Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona, USA.
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