WALKING THE TALK

Winning the Race

 

Outline: Winning the Race

  • Who is in the race?
  • What is the race?
  • How do we run this race?
  • What is the prize?
  • Why do we need to run the race; do we have a choice?
  • What are the obstacles?
  • How do we overcome the obstacles; how can we be victorious

 

Who is in the Race?

Every Believer, every Born Again Christian has been placed in the race by our Lord Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour we become children of Almighty God and we are entered into the ‘race’

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”
John 1 verse 12

“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
Hebrews 12 verse 1

 

What is the Race?

As believers we are all running a race, a race to live a victorious Christian life.

The bible commands us to be Holy even as He is Holy… (1 Peter 1:16)

We are expected to be light in this dark and perverse world… (Philippians 2:15)

We are the only bible that many people have to read… (2 Corinthians 3:2)

We are to witness to others; we can only do this effectively if we ourselves are living victorious lives.

We are to follow in the steps of our Saviour, Jesus ran His own race, He went to the cross, our own race is to showcase His goodness to those around us.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12 verse 1-2

How do we run this Race?

We cannot run the race in our own strength, the bible tells us that without Jesus we can do nothing, so we need to depend on Him

There are rules and regulations guiding the race we are involved in and these are found in the Word of God.

“An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”
2 Corinthians 2 verse 5

Some of the instructions are:

  • We must be Holy
  • We must be examples of the believer
  • We must keep our eyes on Jesus
  • We should not habitually sin
  • We must be malleable and flexible in God’s hands (Living sacrifice)

 

What is the Prize?

The prizes that we are competing for are crowns in heaven, commendation from Our Father and from Jesus (well done my good and faithful servant… Matthew 25:23)

“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”
1 Corinthians 9 verse 25

 

 

Why do we need to run this race; do we have a choice?

Jesus Himself has placed us in this race and just like He did the will of His Father while on earth we are required to do the will of our Saviour

But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
John 5 verse 36

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
John 9 verse 4

There are so many people and beings watching us that it is imperative that we run a successful race and glorify our Saviour. We don’t have a choice, we are in the race and we must endeavour to run it victoriously.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12 verse 1- 2

 

What obstacles do we face as we run this race?

  • Sin
  • Our Flesh – we need to put our flesh under
  • Detractors – People who want us to take our eyes off the ball
  • Enemies – Satan and his cohorts
  • The cares of this world

 

How can we overcome the obstacles, how can we be victorious?

  • By drawing near to God (James 4:8)
  • By spending time in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • By spending quality time reading and studying the Word of God
  • (2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11)
  • By spending time in praise and worship (Psalm 34:1)
  • By spending time waiting on the Lord i.e. fasting (Matthew 17:21)
  • By spending time fellowshipping with other believers in a full-gospel church (Hebrews10:25)
  • By surrendering to the will and purpose of God for our lives (Psalm 40:8)
  • By disconnecting from people who hinder our walk with God (Psalm 1:1-2)
  • By having a heavenly focus (Matthew 6:33)

 

May we all be winners in Jesus Mighty Name!

You are the best🙂 LolaA

Chloe’s Questions

Mummy, Chloe said,
Why do lines form on your forehead
With a twinkle in her eye, Mummy replied
It shows how many times I’ve gone to bed

Mummy, Chloe said,
If God is real why can’t we see Him
Mummy thought a minute and then replied
He’s like the wind, we experience Him

Ex-peri-en-ce? Said Chloe,
Yes my dear, He wakes us up each morning
And we can see the pretty flowers opening
We can hear the birds singing and to one another calling

Remember Chloe,
in autumn when the wind blows hard
At times its whistles as it rushes through the trees
Fallen leaves brown and yellow filling our backyard
We rake and rake, at times bending on our knees

Ah, said Chloe, about this invisible God
Does He really make the moon and stars to shine at night
With a peaceful smile Mummy gave a nod
Yes, she said and the sun at noonday to shine so bright

God is a Father to us
He gives us food to eat and clothes to wear
He keeps us safe, even when we ride the bus
He is always near because He is everywhere

Mummy, Chloe said,
Why is God in  heaven is he dead?
No, no Mummy said, God is alive and well
He answers my prayers so I can surely tell

Mummy, Chloe said,
My teacher said that Jesus died for us
And, if we want to go to heaven and see Him,
Then accepting Him as our Saviour is a must.

Mummy stood and beamed with pride,
Her happiness distinctly unable to hide.
How right your teacher is dear Chloe,O Yes,
Only Jesus gives us Salvation and eternal rest!

 

God bless, LolaA

 

Obedience

Plain and simple is your Word
To fathom it I needn’t be a nerd

Lord your Word help me to understand;
Lord for your Word may I be willing to make a stand

Obedience you said above sacrifice
Total obedience to your Word, not being nice

Sacrifice is nice but obedience is better
When I obey you I become a trend setter

Obedience to you is my desire
Obedience is what you require

God, my Father to you is due obedience
And with such deference comes a light hearted conscience

Father great is the joy of obeying your Word, Knowing that I’m right with you and my prayers will be heard

Lord your beautiful in every situation
Obeying you’re your Word leads to a desirable destination

Obedience is doing the Godly thing
When it is neither the happening nor in-thing

For me obedience is not an act of compulsion,  But demonstrating love of an immense proportion

Obeying the Father and doing right
Uplifts a nation and takes us to a mighty height

Disobedience, rejecting Jesus and sin
Lands us in hell the ultimate bin

Brothers and Sisters let’s turn around and walk in light
Embracing Jesus who is awesome in power and might!

My Saviour’s love is all I need
Awesome love that teaches me His voice to heed.

2016 we welcome you with a cheer
Love, joy, hope, success and victory all are here!!!

 


 

 

 

Generation J

We hear of generation X, generation Y and generation Z
But the more we look the less we see

“Move with the times”, I hear them say
Be liberated, move ahead, don’t be stuck in yesterday!

They think they know it all, have it all, but I’m proud to say,
I know my generation and I proud of it, its generation J

I’m not confused about where I stand
I vote for Jesus to Him I lift my hand

His Word is true and quite infallible
Plain to read and easily discernible.

Some say the bible is outdated
That we need to move on and be liberated

I say His Word is more current than tomorrow
Without it we’ll all be doomed to an eternity of sorrow

The Word of God isn’t dead, it’s alive its living
The Word of God is a gift to us, a gift that keeps on giving.

It’s a privilege to live according to the awesome Word
And when we do we sparkle, we stand out from the herd.

I urge you my brother, my sister, join the ‘in’ group
The happy people, the Jesus people, don’t be left out of the loop!

 

 

Bless You

LolaA

 

Maybe I’ll go to town tomorrow

Maybe I’ll get my hair done

Maybe I’ll go to university to study to become a doctor, or maybe a pharmacist

Or maybe I’ll go to university and read law or maybe I’ll become a journalist or a newscaster

Or… maybe I’ll become a travelling blogger, blog my way around the world seeing some great sights in the process.

Maybe, maybe, MAYBE……

There seems to be a whole lot of choice in life and with that choice comes uncertainty. So often we are not sure of the next step in life and where that next step may take us.

There are some of us, of course, who grow up dreaming of becoming doctors, lawyers or astronauts and successfully fulfil that dream in record time. Some of us have many twists and turns but eventually fulfil our life’s dreams. For some of us ‘life’ happens along the way and we have to take a detour and are never able to fulfil that initial dream, but maybe we fulfil another dream which could even be a better one.

Some of us are not even sure of our dreams or maybe our dreams are a bit like shifting sand, constantly moving. Or maybe after attaining our dream job/role we realise it’s not the ‘dream’ after all and we seek out another dream.

At times the opportunity to fulfil our dreams does not come our way, we have to push them aside and get on with the important task of living or even just existing from day-to-day.

In the topsy turvy and mucky waters of life where can we find stability?

I’ve heard it said that there are no certainties in this life but is that true? Are we supposed to just keep on swimming in these waters of life and hope that someday, somewhere we’ll reach terra firma?

On reflection I don’t think so. There is someone out there who can give us all the certainties and all the guarantees we need. Not just a five year warranty, not even a lifetime warranty, no, He can give us a warranty that will last the whole of eternity. How great is that!

His name is God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He doesn’t just know our past or our present; He has our future in the palm of His hands. If only we can trust Him, allow Him to have His way, allow Him to direct our paths and to lead us, then we can be absolutely sure of amazing success.

When Abraham was seventy-five years old, Our Father promised to make him the father of many nations even though he was childless at the time. (Genesis 12)

Did God bring that dream to pass, was it fulfilled? Dearest one if God gives you a dream, if He makes you a promise, gives you a Word, you can take it to any bank in this world and it will be honoured. God is watching over His Word to fulfil it. It may take a day, a week, a month, a year, seven years or even twenty-five years, but surely it will definitely come to pass, it will be fulfilled. The world may laugh, they may say you are past child bearing age, or your body is old and weak. They may say university is for the young or running marathons is for the youthful. God says with Him all things are possible, that is all things, all things!

The Father God gives us certainty and stability in this world and that stability is in His Word and His promises to us.

What He requires of us is to ravish the scriptures, spend time in His Word, the bible, and know what He is saying to us. He will lead us step but step if we allow Him, and if we are walking in step with Jesus we can never miss our way!

From time to time our skies may seem overcast, the sun of our lives hidden and the wind raging as the darkness of the clouds deepens. But like Elijah’s servant we need to take another look (1Kings 18:43). We need to peer through the lens of Our Saviour, Jesus. Astonishingly His Word will brighten the horizon and as we focus our gaze we will observe that actually the clouds are breaking up. Not only is there a silver lining but the wind has morphed into a gentle breeze and the sun peeks out from behind the clouds and begins to glow as it bows to its superior the Son of the Most High God.

The day becomes fresh and our lives seem like new as we place our hope, our dreams, our lives in the hands of Him who never sleeps nor slumbers. Our faith is in Him who is the embodiment of certainty, Jesus the Christ!

“The everlasting God is a refuge, and underneath you are his eternal arms… “
Deuteronomy 33:27

Sunrise

If Love Was a Person…

If love was a person he’d be patient, kind and caring
If love was a person she’d be humble, patient and honest
If love was a person he’d share he’s food with the hungry, he’s time with the helpless and himself with the lonely.

If love was a person he’d be gentle, pleasant and friendly
If love was a person she’d be hardworking, committed and loyal
If love was a person he’d be protective, trusting and delightful.

If love was a person he wouldn’t be envious, boastful or proud
If love was a person she wouldn’t dishonour others, be selfish or keep record of wrongs
If love was a person he wouldn’t be domineering, overbearing or easily angered.

If love was a person he’d share his food with the hungry, his time with the helpless and himself with the lonely
If love was a person she’d help the blind man to cross the road and the old lady with her shopping
If love was a person he’d stand up for the truth, stand up for the downtrodden and stand up for what is right.

If love was a person he’d be a friend to the friendless, a brother to the brotherless and a father to the fatherless
If love was a person she’d be a patient teacher to the unschooled, a sister to the sisterless and a mother to the motherless

The good news is Love is a person! God is Love and Jesus Christ Our Saviour is the embodiment, the totally of that Love.

If you’re looking for love today embrace Jesus, His willing, able and waiting to be the greatest love of your life.
LolaA

Hearts

 

CHRISTMAS

Christmas 

 What is Christmas?

It seems for a lot of us Christmas has become a stressful time. This is probably due to the fact that in order to serve their own fancies the ‘world’ has commercialised Christmas. This of course serves dual purposes, retailers of all shapes and sizes and of all types of merchandise are able to sell their goods and hopefully improve the bottom line. For example the ‘Black Friday’ sales when the books of retailers are supposed to have moved from red to black, black of course means they are now making a profit. The second purpose is that in all the hullaballoo, pandemonium and last minute panic the true meaning of Christmas is lost.

If there is one secret the ‘god of this world’ doesn’t want people in on then it’s the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas means Christ’s Mass a time when we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. ‘Mass’ can be defined as the public celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches. The Eucharist being the Holy Communion. The taking of bread and wine just as Jesus did with His disciples when He celebrated the Passover with them at the Last Supper and instructed us to do likewise in remembrance of Him. So Christmas is supposed to be all about Christ but unfortunately we have majored so much on the minor that we so often leave the major completely out of the equation.

Are We Leaving Christ Out of Christmas?

Cities, towns and even villages have big ceremonies to turn on the Christmas lights yet they totally ignore Jesus who is the Light of the world (John 8:12).

In a bid to be politically correct cards are sent with the words ‘seasons greetings’ and recipients struggle to determine whether Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter is meant, it probably depends on which hemisphere the recipient lives in. Would it not be so much easier to celebrate and reference Jesus as the reason for the season of goodwill?

For many, especially children, Christmas is all about the presents, the gifts they will get and be able to unwrap on Christmas day. In the mayhem and excitement the greatest gift of all time is often put on a back bench. Parents, uncles, aunties, sisters and brothers in a bid to show their love stretch themselves, their resources, as they endeavour to get the perfect gifts, the things that are really wanted. But the Father God knowing what we really need demonstrated His love for us by giving us the greatest gift of all time, Jesus our Saviour, who came to take our place and die so that we will not have to experience eternal death.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. (John 3:16 NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)

God’s gift to us is completely free, it has been signed sealed and delivered to us in the most beautiful of packages and it always arrives right on time, the precise moment we decide to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Feeding The Real US

Over the festive period we all have a tendency to gobble down every delicacy in sight, yours truly included. The excuse is the New Year will soon be here and we’ll get to make New Year Resolutions, forgetting of course that we’re likely to break those resolutions just as fast as we make them. So we feed our bodies all well and good, but what about our soul, yes our soul! Man, that is human beings, are spirit beings, believe it or not the real you and me are the spirits that live on the inside of us, we have a soul and we live in a body. Our bodies need to be taken care of but they are just the vessel, the container, the ‘tin’ so to say. Whilst the tin needs to be spick and span it is even more important that the contents are above board. Our souls, which consist of our will, our minds and our emotions, need to be fed. The food is the ‘Word of God’, the scriptures. As we eat our share and more of turkey, stuffing and the trimmings, as we indulge on Christmas cake, pudding and finger foods we should not forget or neglect to make sure our souls also get in on the action. By reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God we nourish our souls, enabling our minds and will to align themselves with what the Lord would have us do.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASB)

Let It Be All About Christ

Christmas is a wonderful time, a time most of us look forward to and build up towards. We are able to relax, let our hair down (if we have any) and generally have a good time. I urge you this Christmas time and as we look forward to a wonderful 2015 may we allow Christmas to be all about Christ! May we put Him first in all our doings and may we decide that not only is He the reason for the season but indeed He is the reason for our being.

I wish you a wonderful Christ filled and Christ centred and truly fabulous 2015

LolaA x