Terry Casales - November 4th, 2020
The term “homestretch” according to dictionary.com can be defined as “the straight part of a racetrack from the last turn to the finish line” or “the final phase of any endeavor.” It seems like we have all been in a race in 2020 trying our best to keep up with the daily changes and trying to stay in our lane and focused on our Kingdom assignment. There are many horses in the race and, at times, it has seemed like we are falling behind and losing our position. I feel like the Lord wants you to know that you’re almost at the end of this current season in your life. You have felt like the race has been long and slow going for so long. Take heart, beloved, because you are almost there and you have been gaining a lot more ground than you think. Even though the other horses have been running strong throughout the race, and it even seems like they have passed you, it will surprise you which ones will be crossing the finish line and which ones will burn out before they get there and never finish the race.
The race has been very exciting and very unpredictable this year, but know that because you have been intentional to stay in the race and you have not given up, God has maintained your position in preparation for this homestretch. You have been wise to reserve your energy, running at a steady stride, but now it is time to give it the gas and push your horse beyond its limits. You CAN do this if you faint not beloved! See yourself crossing the finish line and start thanking the Lord because your victory is assured. There are more people cheering you on than you imagine.
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” - 2 Kings 6:16 - NKJV
At the homestretch of a race, it is very tempting for the jockey to break the rules and abuse his horse by whipping it to get it to run faster. There is a risk in deciding to whip the horse according to Jerry Bailey, the leading rider in the country. ''I don't like to use the stick too much. You never know how the horse will react. Some of them don't like it. Some resent it. Some stop running. You don't want to hurt the horse. So, the rules are clear: You can hit him only on the shoulder and the rump. They're like people. They have less padding on the shoulder, more on the rump. You should wait until he extends to full stride, then flick him once to see how he reacts. But there are no magic spots. It depends entirely on the horse, and they're all different.''
This is not the time to allow the sound of the hoofbeats around you to get you to panic and try to win the race on your own strength, beloved. Do not whip that horse I gave you and run the risk of it stopping before you finish. Refuse to take any shortcuts and stay on track. Do not veer from the strategy the Lord has given you. Allow the Truth of God’s Word to keep you alert, balanced and focused, with eyes forward. This is the time to trust what the Lord has been speaking to you and allow the wind of the Holy Spirit to take you across the finish line. As long as you continue to remain obedient, steady and follow His leading you SHALL have the victory!
Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. - Proverbs 4:25 - NKJV
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” - Jeremiah 1:12 - NKJV
For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord God.’ ” - Ezekiel 12:25 - NKJV
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:31 - NKJV
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. - 1 Corinthians 9:24 - NKJV