Update from Pastor Dan Bolinger in Iruma, Japan

Back on Track feeling a lot better

Journal posted on 02/02/2015 at 08:49

Hey everyone, Thank you for praying for us. God is so good. I was watching my son’s wrestling match at his school. There in the Gym; 5 schools gathered for the grand meet. So we got to watch a whole day of matches. One special on stands out. A young man who is very athletic is exciting to watch. In the first few seconds he had gained multiple points. He even did a grand 4 point move slamming his opponent to the mat. His opponent discouraged didn’t quit and came back and eventually pinned the young man. I was sad. I wanted him to win. Later on, I saw him and greeted him with encouragement. He smiled and said there is always another match. Then like lightening the Lord zapped my hard head. The enemy likes to wrestle us to the mat and jump on our head and talk trash to us. We can feel like giving up. Sometimes we do. It’s okay there is always another match. The key is learning and growing and exercising what we have. We try to get stronger and more cleaver than our opponent. Satan is that nasty roaring lion that likes to play tricks on us. We need to never give up and just continue training to be ready for the next bout. My son placed third place which was a great feeling. We are to run this race as if we are running for first place. When we get tired we look to Isaiah and realize we will grow weary but not faint

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Is 40:30-31

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Hebrews 8:1

Wrestlers like to drop weight as it hinders them from wrestling in their weight class and gives them bigger opponents. That is the last thing I need is a bigger opponent. Pastor Chuck used to joke about Satan being this small creature and Chuck saying we’ll see him from heaven and remark, “That’s him!! The one who caused so much trouble?”

I struggle with my physical weight too. It is hindering me. Paul meant a spiritual truth regarding our sin and that we should not hang on to it. We are to give it to Jesus and cast it off. Well I want to give my physical weight to Jesus and seek to cast it off but it’s still there. So we can’t use this scripture for this situation but we can cast off the sin of doubt and prayerlessness and complaining. We need to take it captive unto Jesus. Keep praying for me. We are still in the game and waiting for the next bout which will be dinner in a few hours.

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