Did you know that you are in a race?
Today I want to share with you on “Building a Life of Spiritual Endurance.” But first we must come to the realization that God has a plan for your life and He wants you to go after it with all your MIGHT and STRENGTH. He wants us to awaken to the fact that we are in special race; and that is the RACE of FAITH! (1 Corinthians 9:24 The Passion Translation)
Always keep in mind that you are not running a “private” race, but a race that has influence on so many people’s lives. The writer Paul; urges us to run our race; in such a way that ENCOURAGES other bystanders who are watching from the sidelines to get in on the race themselves in order to PURSUE their God-Given destiny! The life we lead is no game; it is the most serious competition we face in this world. The REWARDS of living a life well lived are grand! (Romans 2:10 Message Bible)
Find your passion, pursue it, and stay on course! Stay focused on the goal. Fix your eyes on Jesus. The Amplified version of Hebrews 12:2 reads: “Looking away [from all that would distract] to Jesus.” Remember; Jesus is the SOURCE of our Faith….and is also the Finisher. He is standing at the finish line; where you will hear Him say–“Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the Joy of the Lord. You ran well. You endured and refused to quit. You maintained a steady gaze, only looking at me. Well done!”
Steps to stay on course: Proverbs 4:20-27 The Message
To stay on course we are given specific guidelines for our eyes, ears, mouth and our entire man to stay on the course successfully.
- Give attention to what God is saying.
- Listen to God’s word.
- Read His word.
- Hold onto God’s word in your heart.
- Seek the God-kind of life.
I encourage you today to become an “Endurance Runner”–check up on yourself to make sure you stay on track. How? By asking yourself these following questions: What am I giving my attention to? What am I listening to? What am I looking at? What am I saying? and How much freedom do I give my flesh? With God’s help and the help of the Holy Spirit developing the “fruit” (character of God) in you. God’s power working in you makes it all possible to endure and reach your goal.
The main key to staying on course with God; is to maintain a constant and vital fellowship with the Father. (Micah 6:8 Message Bible) God has laid hold of your life for a PURPOSE! (Romans 11:29)
So keep running the race set before you with confidence and knowing that He who began a good work in you; will complete (finish) what He has started. The “Greater One” lives in YOU and you can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens you! (Philippians 1:6; 4:13)
Scriptures To Persevere In Faith:
I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.—Psalm 27:13
Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” — Mark 9:23
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept my faith. — 2 Timothy 4:7
My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith develops “PATIENCE.” But let patience; perfect–its work, that you be PERFECT and COMPLETE, lacking nothing. —James 1:2-4
Scriptures To Endure Through Worship:
After talking it over with the people, Jehoshaphat appointed a choir for God; dressed in holy robes, they were to march ahead of the troops, singing, “Give thanks to God, His love never quits.” —2 Chronicles 20:21 Message Bible
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain STABLE and FIXED under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. —Psalm 91:1
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand. —Psalm 149:6
I pray that you are encouraged today to “keep at it” till the FINISH! May God richly bless you and pour out His love on you and that He would send forth laborers into your path to minister GRACE to you. Amen!
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Live Life Passionately One Day At A Time, Chrissy~K.