Encouragement

Running the race!

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Hello friends,

I am thinking this morning how personal our walk with God is. In Hebrew, the twelve chapter we are admonished to run our race looking unto Jesus who both authored and perfected our faith. It is hard to both look at Jesus and look at other things as well. I am hoping to talk today though about the weight and especially the sin that so easily beset us because this verse is the prerequisite of running our race. The weight of course is anything that drags us so we are not fit to run but what is more on my heart is the sin. Sin means missing the mark. To hit the mark means not to sin and that is why God designed our walk to be so personal because He wants us to hit the mark. If Satan will not keep a person from running their race, he will bring distractions to delay them or get them out of the race. The bible says that if you have faith, have it to yourself before God(Romans 14:22), if you have wisdom, have it to yourself(Proverbs 9:1). Faith itself means steadfastness, to be unyielding, not turning to the right or to the  left, not looking back like Lot’s wife. Paul said it this way: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus(Philippians 3:14). As we have traveled in many places, I have been amazed to see how people are not focused on running their race and finish their course. They are distracted by trying to discern whether Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn and many others who may not have good search results on Google, whether they are servants of God. Friends, can’t you see that this is a distraction, don’t you have enough on your plate. The bible says in Romans that every servant stands or falls before his Master(Romans 14:4). We are encouraged also to study to be quiet (1 Thessalonians 4:11) Peter had just received his own calling and commission from Jesus and yet he still wanted to know what John was to do. To this Jesus answered and said:” What is that to thee, follow thou me”John 21:22. In the natural it takes a great deal of focus to run and obtain the prize, my prayer today is that you will not be distracted from first knowing  your calling and running your race as to obtain the prize . Father, give us the grace to stay focused to the task you have given us and to not give in to manifold distractions set in our path. In Jesus name I pray and believe. Amen.

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