Running Your Race

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The 2012 Summer Olympics are finally upon us. Many of us will watch our favorite games, participants, and players with anticipation and great expectation.

Most people, however, see track and field as the mainstay of the Olympic games. There will usually be a great deal of focus on who wins which race. The Olympics were, also, popular in Biblical times as well, especially track and field.

These are very ancient games.

In fact in First Corinthians chapter 9 and starting with verse 24, Paul uses the Olympic analogy to compare a Track race with the race of life. These verses have a particular meaning to those who minister the gospel to others on a regular basis.

Reading from the New American Standard Bible, Paul says:

(24) ‘Do you not know that those who run in  a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

(25)’Everyone who competes exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

(26)’Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; (27)’but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.’

Paul understands that although he is an Apostle chosen by Christ and proven by diligence and sacrifice, he is still subject to the temptations and struggles of life.

He does not see the Christian life as a ticket one receives upon salvation which leads to smooth sailing throughout life until you enter Heaven. There, in Heaven, although you lived a selfish and ungodly life, you will none-the-less be received as a great saint of God.

No, Paul suggests that salvation is the beginning of a Christian race that has to be run with “self-control,” and “discipline,” with the aim of an eternal prize in HEAVEN!

I don’t believe Paul is implying that we must earn the gift of salvation that we received by faith. Christ Jesus paid the price to give us a clean slate, a fresh start with God, new beginning, if you will.

Yet, we must keep the focus or aim of our faith on Christ and use self-control to reign-in our bodies and allow the Holy Spirit, whom we receive upon salvation, to do His work in us; guiding us step by step until we a perfected in Christ.

Wouldn’t it be better to have God leading you than just trying to figure-out life by yourself?

Paul is in essence saying that ‘because I want the high prize of Heaven, I must stay focused on my goal until the end. Because if I lose focus, although I have preached to others and won many to Christ, I can get disqualified from the Christian race like any other believer.’

This is not popular teaching, but it is true biblical teaching that must be considered!

How in the world can I deny Christ in my daily lifestyle and expect to continue in the same faith that allowed me to receive salvation in the first place?

This does not make sense!

Christianity is a daily walk and a relationship built upon fellowship with Christ.

It is Christ Jesus who will empower me, by His Spirit, as long as I yield control each day to Him. We must see that He will not take control, because He has given us a Free-will.

He must be given control!

The Apostle Paul understood that “the race is not given to the swift (the fastest) or the strong, but to those endure to the end.”

Then, comes the great prize that will last forever! A-men

 

 

 

 

 

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Real Definition of Charity

The real definition of charity in the Bible goes farther than love, although love is apart of the definition. Charity is in fact, giving of alms  (or gifts) to the poor, a generous spirit as well (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charity).

However, the true definition of charity, according to the way the Apostle Paul used it found in the King James Bible, is about having good will toward your fellowman or woman. It means to think the BEST about a person, and not the worst (https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/charity.html).

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Don’t Let Your Haters Send You to Hell

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Don’t Let Your Haters Send You to Hell

In life, everyone will experience haters or enemies but don’t let your haters send you to hell. Haters or enemies come in all shapes and sizes, and from almost every background, you can imagine. Yet, the question is, how can we as believers in Jesus Christ respond correctly to our haters to prevent them from driving us away from our faith?

How, you might ask, can our enemies drive us away from our sacred faith?

One word comes to mind that seems to seize our progress and stifle our blessings like no other. That word, very simply, is unforgiveness. Not being able to let things go that our friends and enemies alike have done to us, has conquered many a believers’ heart and faith.

In fact, this is where our text comes in where we find Jesus is sending out a warning that we must follow if we intend to keep following Him. He says in Matthew 6:14-15,

(14)”For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:”

(15)” But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

The context of these verses is when Jesus taught His disciples to pray the ‘Our Father,’ prayer. This prayer teaches us what to, not only say, but also the framework of prayer, how we should correctly address the heavenly Father in an effective prayer.

In short, Jesus was teaching us how to get a prayer through to God!

Furthermore, Jesus was emphasizing that the prayer we pray won’t go anywhere without the key ingredient that we all must possess as believers. Yes, that key ingredient to our prayer life and our faith life, in general, is none other than Forgiveness!

Then, Where Do Our Haters Figure In to Our Eternal Destiny?

Our haters, also known as our enemies, and let me be very clear about this, cannot send us anywhere that we do not first choose to go. Thank God, our enemies and our haters are not our eternal judges; and they do not hold any real power over our eternal destinations. However, we can get to a place where we allow them to get in our head so much that they begin to gain power over us, indirectly.

We must be informed that our haters can drive us, if we let them, to places that we would not ordinarily go. Our haters, for example can drive us,

  • To drink,
  • Can drive us to hate,
  • Can drive us to fight,
  • Can, for some, drive us to break the law,
  • They can even drive us away from the church,
  • And if we are not careful, they can even drive us insane!

My mission here, however is to make sure that you don’t let your haters send you to hell by responding to them with a root of bitterness and unforgiveness. Don’t give them the power over you to have your prayers hindered and your sins not forgiven due to hatred and bitterness in your heart!

It’s really up to each one of us individually!

I recognize in some cases, this is much easier said than done, I recognize this. However, Jesus was very clear when He taught us to either forgive others or not receive forgiveness for our sins.

It is just that simple.

Therefore, we must recognize this as a mandate, a serious call to action. We must remember that the Devil uses people to get to us. He cunningly tricks both our enemies and (sometimes) our loved ones alike to attack us in such a way, that it interferes with our joy and with our happiness, and takes away our peace, if we let it.

Hence, this is why we must get ahead of any unforgiveness and/or bitterness, that tries to wreak havoc in our soul.

Again, don’t let your haters send you to hell.

How Do We Respond To Hateful People?

We must respond to hateful people the way we were trained to in the Bible. In the Word of God, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul taught us in Romans 12:14 this,

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

Here we are taught to bless those that are persecuting us. Furthermore, Jesus not only taught us to bless those that persecute us, but even to bless those that curse us. Understand this is not weakness, this is a strategy of spiritual warfare, so the enemy of our soul cannot get a foothold on our pray life.

Listen and learn what Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:44,

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

As if it were not enough to ask us to bless our enemies, now the LORD is asking us to pray for our enemies and haters as well. How can we do this in all sincerity?

We must notice two words in this life lesson of Jesus before we can really get what He is asking us to do: “Bless” and “pray.”
If we put those two words together, what do we have? We have a prayer blessing for our enemies. In other words, we are to pray a blessing for our enemies. Now, I understand, again, that this is much easier said than done. Yet, it is an effective way of dealing with hate and hateful people that leads to unforgiveness in our hearts.

An old saint spoke about this issue one day. She had someone in her past do very mean and terrible things to her and to her family in order to destroy them; and she struggled to deal with the hatred she felt for this individual in her heart.

She could forgive everybody but this one person.

She testified that the LORD dealt with her heart about this issue one day and told her to pray for this person. She responded to the LORD that she tried but could not even bring herself to pray a blessing over this person.

Then, she said the LORD told her to pray for this person’s soul. Pray that this person would get saved and delivered. Later, as she did so, she testified, the hatred and bitterness for this person began to lift from her heart, and she actually began to feel sorry for this individual, and to pray more earnest prayers for this person.

Sometimes we cannot pray a blessing over our haters and enemies, but we can all pray for their souls.

Therefore, in conclusion, we must heed the warnings of our eternal Judge as He is teaching us, in so many words, not to allow haters to hinder our prayers by preventing us from receiving forgiveness. We should not play games with bitterness, and we should not play games with unforgiveness, because if we do, we are playing games with our very souls. If we do we are playing right into the hands of the enemy of our souls who schemes to block our prayers by any means necessary.

We cannot afford to give our enemies the satisfaction of hindering our prayers. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27 & 32

(26)”Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”

(27)” Neither give place to the devil.”

(32)” And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”   A-MEN!

 

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Living A Father Pleasing Life

Ligtning PowerWhat is the secret to success in the Christian walk? Is it evangelizing everywhere we go, spreading the good news about Jesus Christ and His redemptive blood?  To some extint, but not completely. On the other hand, is the secret to a successful Christian life, praying on our knees until they wear a dent in our floor, almost like the Apostle John (The Revelator) did to his praying stone, while being exiled on the isle of Patmos?

Partially, but not completely.

The true secret to a successful Christian life or walk is doing…Continue Reading Here

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A God-Centered Mindset

AnointingOilHighPriest1If we are to have true fellowship with God Almighty, we need to possess a God-centered mindset. We will attempt to explain, in short order, how a Believer can move from a self-centered mindset to actually have a God-centered mindset. First, we must be aware of what the scripture teaches us….Continue Reading Here

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Why Are Christians Not Under the Law

AnointingOilHighPriest1Why are Christians not under the Law of Moses? The answer is simple, Christ is the fulfilment of the Law. Once we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, Redeemer, Lord, and God, our relationship of faith in Him and His work of redemption for us causes God to impute righteousness to our…Read On Here

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Strong, In the Lord

Ligtning PowerThe Bible says, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…” (Ephesians 6:10 KJV). Here the Holy Ghost through the letter of the Apostle Paul is teaching the church where their strength should lie. By really digging into the meaning of this verse, we can learn how and why we can be strong, in the Lord.

When he says, “Finally, my brethren,” he is talking to the church; and addressing the saints of God. This word does not count for…

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Heart Service

images (3)We have all heard of lip service, where we serve God in words only and our actions and hearts are far from God. Then, there is what I like to call work service, that is, service where we serve God with our actions but still our hearts and even our words are far from Him. Today, we must understand that God requires something different of us, He requires… Continue Reading Here

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A Holy Attitude

images (2)The Apostle Paul tells us to have a spiritual mind-set and not to have a carnal mind-set in Romans chapter 8. Why? He says that to have a carnal mind-set means spiritual death. How, then, can a person in a carnal body, living in a carnal world, surrounded by carnal people, live spiritually minded? The answer is quite simple, in order to have a spiritual mind, we must possess a holy attitude.

Let us repeat: A Holy Attitude…

Yes, a holy attitude or an attitude of holiness is the key to…Continue Reading Here

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Forgiveness Equals God’s Forgiveness

Religious_wallpapers_255It is vitally important for believers to note that, our forgiveness equals God’s forgiveness. Simply put, once a believer in Christ Jesus forgives others for the wrongs that they have done to them, then, and only then, can they receive forgiveness for their sins.

We all well understand that offenses will come. People that we know and people that we do not know will, at some point, offend us in some way or the other. Jesus said it this way… Continue Reading Here

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Only Jesus Can End Terrorism

images (10)Many are saddened even perplexed by the recent atrocious acts of terrorism that have occurred in Paris, France. Others even find themselves questioning the perverted reasoning or logic behind such inhumane attacks. Why would anybody want to hurt innocent people just further their own diluted cause? Furthermore, we ask, why would anyone want to kill himself or herself in a vicious effort just to kill other people?

Why?

If I might be brash, and bold enough to try to answer these questions with a simple two-word answer, Sin and hate. I realize that this answer might sound too easy and even too obvious to most people who are believers in God and in sin, and in justice. Nevertheless, the truth that we must remind ourselves is that terrorism is nothing new. It has been with us in one form or the other for centuries.

Since this is true, the next question that begs an answer is, what do all these violent hate groups have in common? After all, we cannot say they all came from the same culture. We cannot even say they had the same religion, language, or ethnicity. As we study history, there mainly two things that stick-out which all hold in common, namely hate and sin.

Therefore, just as they said in the comic strips, ‘This is a job for Superman!’ We must face the fact…Continue Reading Here

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