Are you in it to win it.. In His Word- 2-2-15

Are you in it to win it? In His Word 2-2-15

Are you really running the race?
 Many people begin a race with high hopes assured in their abilities to win the prize but only one person, team, or organization will win it. Really we could ask ourselves; “are we in it to win it?” or do defeat ourselves before we start?
Do you have what it takes to complete the course or task God has given you to complete?
I am talking about job, homework, housework, ministry work; whatever it is that you have on your plate today to do as unto the Lord; are you in it to win it?

 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.  For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.  Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction. 2Corinthians 13:8-10

A lot of people out on the world have a view of Christians as people who live a ‘perfect life’ who look down on the so called unbelievers. They do not know that when we are trying to make it to the end prize we trip, drop the ball or slip up at times; even the best of Christians make mistakes, look at Peter. Peter knew who Jesus really was, the Christ, the Son of God. The man was so close to Jesus that he was ready to fight for him and yet, he denied Jesus within hours of his capture. If anyone tripped on the way to the finish line it was him.
The thing that makes a prize winner is the one who gets back up and runs again!

I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!  All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 1 Corintians 9:23-25
The difference between a Christian who trips and gets back up and one who trips and falls for good is discipline in training. We train to run the race. We go out daily doing strengthening, stretches, and endurance runs; then when we run the race we will be strong and limber enough to finish the race.
We can run all over if we want but unless we train we well and consistently we will be weak and frail in the end.
A runner I know loves running, he runs at the drop of a hat then pays for it later.
Is your Christian walk like this runner?
Do you hear of a trend in churches and follow it ‘willie-nillie’; or do you check it out and see if it stands up to the Bible? The Bible tells us there will be all kinds of doctrines and false teachings in these days we live in; to know the truth you have to know the Truth.
Jesus is the way the truth and the life, we know Him, then we will be able to discern between what is worth listening to and or copying or what is only for personal benefit not that of the furtherance of the Gospel.
If we are following a person or belief that tells us that sin is okay we are not throwing off the things that bind us.
If we think we need to appear to the world to be ‘just as good as them’; we are not waking in Truth.  We are not running the right race, the full race or maybe even have begun the race if we do not follow the Word of God and what our Lord directs us to do.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Hebrews 12:1-3
How can we know if we are following the correct path to the race we are running?
Tracks have lines to keep people in the lanes. Ask yourself what are the boundaries of my life lane?
If you answered the Bible and prayer then you answered correctly!
Ephesians 6 tells u to be prepared with the armor; this is like the equipment we need to run with. Cleats, shorts, shirt, etc. do you get the idea?  How can we pick up the sword of the Spirit if we have not first read the Bible? How can we read the Bible if we do not give ourselves time in which to do so?
You see, just like everything else it all comes back to the preparation in the Word.
Let’s take some time, no let’s make some time this week to plan our days in His Word. If you have not yet practiced a sport you take baby steps to running. You  do not jump right in. In reading the Bible it sometimes helps to start with a short daily reading with explanations; like reading a devotional or Bible study or Daily Bible readings can help you to get in the habit of preparing your heart daily, in His Word.
This article is great for a one or two day thing but we need to prep consistently so we need to read consistently. That is one of the reasons I wrote the 365days In His Love devotional book; getting in the habit of reading is not always as easy as it seems but when you have a days schedule to read it seems to be that much easier to not let it slip by.

SO whether you have one of the above mentioned devotional style Bibles or not get started with daily reads and begin prepping for your race! Be filled with the Gospel so you can run with it!
Dear heavenly Father, feed us, guide us, strengthen us, train us up in Your Word today that we may run strong and healthy toward You, our prize! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 6:1- 24Hebrews 12:1-29, 1 Corinthians 9:1-27 and 2Timothy 2:1-21