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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

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LET THE ‘USAIN BOLT’ IN YOU SHINE THROUGH

For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. (1Timothy 4:8)

 

The Goliath of Athletics
When I see Usain Bolt I think of Goliath and Usain is definitely a giant of athletics. He’s a legend and he’s got his ‘double double’. Two times Olympic gold medal winner in the 100metres sprint and two times Olympic gold medal winner in the 200metres sprint. The first man to ever do so, a big thumbs up to him, as some would say more and more grease to his elbows.

The truth is, there’s an’ Usain Bolt’ on the inside of each one of us. It might not be a sprinting Usain Bolt and it might not be a swimming Michael Phelps but there is definitely something there that sets us apart from everybody else. Something unique about us, just like our finger prints and DNA are unique.

Greatness is Lurking in the Dark
If we have not yet discovered what our own ‘Usain Bolt’ is then we need to dig deep, maybe go on a voyage of discovery and come up with our very own ‘New Found Land’, our very own utopia.

It doesn’t have to be sports, definitely not, it could be teaching geography; fixing cars or making money from the stock market, but it’s in there somewhere. Your own talent, something you love and something you’re good at…..You may not be the best, not yet, but that is where the ‘Bolt’ factor comes into play.

Ask anybody who is any good at what they do, it took and still takes hard work and no, it didn’t just happen overnight.

If you want to talk about being the best, that’s a different story altogether. That is a story of discipline, hard work, commitment, sacrifice, midnight candles, no nights out, no TV, etc. etc…….

Is it hard? Yes! Does it pay off in the long run? Yes, yes and yes! Just ask Usain Bolt, he feels on top of the world right now and he deserves it cause he’s worked hard. And after working hard what did he do? He worked a little harder. He put in the time, he learnt his trade, he put in the effort, he trained hard. He blocked out the pleasures of life for seasons together, he focused, yea he focused on his dreams, he saw with eyes of faith his ‘double double’ and he pursued it relentlessly.

Was there opposition, there was plenty, opponents were many, sowers of doubt were ten a penny, but Usain kept his eye on the prize. With unflinching determination he stayed the course, in the good times and in the bad, in the sunshine and in the hailstones.

It doesn’t matter what’s thrown at you, what you do with what’s thrown at you is what will determine your position in life, your position in history, even if it’s just the his-story of your family.

Decide to make it a story worth telling!

It’s an Olympic year and Usain Bolt has made history in 9.63 seconds and then he did it again in 19.32 seconds, but those seconds were backed with many many years of preparation. It flashed before our eyes but in truth it was a long arduous journey.

 It’s the year 2012 and we are spectators in Usain Bolt’s story, many of us only took part in the clapping event  L    

Make Your Story a Good One!
However we have our own stories to write and we cannot afford to be spectators. We cannot afford to allow others to write us ‘in’ or write us ‘out’ at their whims and caprices. We are the lead actors and we must determine to set the pace, to lead and to lead from the front.

By our actions, our determination, our focus, our refusal to take no for an answer, our refusal to rest on our oars and our refusal to be put down, we can take hold of all that life has to offer us.

Usain Bolt has come, he has seen, and he has conquered.

We also have come, we have seen and continue to see and by the grace of our Saviour we too shall conquer!

May the ‘Usain Bolt’ in you shine through!

Listen it’s the rumblings of thunder……Now is as good a time as any for your ‘Bolt’ of lightning!!!  

 

Need to dash, my 9.63 seconds are waiting, LolaA

 

P.S. Just heard on the radio that Usain Bolt sent a twitter message to the effect that he couldn’t have achieved what he did without God. Nice one Usain (y).

Victory