Running the race of life

Hebrews 12:1. . .”THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.”
Since the christian life is like hills and valleys with all the tribulation, the only real way to grow in the christian life is to run the race that the blood of Jesus has opened for those that claim Christ as their personal Lord & Saviour.

As life progresses, you’re either getting closer to God or further away from Him. If you’re riding the fence then you’re probably highly unstable because you don’t know what you want to do.

Like Joshua said, ‘choose today whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.’ (Joshua 24:15). The only way to know what God’s will for your life is is to surrender your life completely to the Lord Jesus. ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Psalm 37:4).

So in closing, make the wise decision and GO AFTER GOD. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Prov. 1:7).

Divine origins and the Fall

Genesis 1:26,27. . .”And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

In this verse we learn two things; The first verse God refers to Himself as ‘us’, meaning the Trinity: Father, Son,& Holy Spirit. A concept you can only understand if you’ve been born-again through repentance & faith in the blood of Christ and came to know Him as your Lord & Saviour. One God that exists in three distinct persons with Jesus Christ being God’s human form who stepped out of heaven 2000 years ago (in our time-in God’s it was just the other day) and became a living sacrifice for the sins of the world.
The second verse explains why the world is so messed up. One of the things that I hear people say keeps them from seeking/believing in God is that if God was really good & loving, why would He have the world so messed up. The answer is because He gave mankind dominion over the world. Being sinners that we are, that would eventually plummet the world into total chaos.
So, in those two verses, I pretty much summed up what’s wrong with the world and the solution to it, being God’s plan of salvation. The world won’t be made right again till the return of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ (Rev. 20, 21) and the only way to be right with God is to turn from your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus which is God’s christmas gift to us.
Although you can’t truly give your heart to God unless you love Him and you can’t love Him unless you realize what He’s already done for you 2000 years ago (in our time again-just the other day in the eternal time one), and you can’t really do that unless you’re being regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

No good thing withheld

Psalm 84:11. . .”No good thing will I withhold from those that walk uprightly with me.”

Since no one walks uprigtly with God except for His Son, Jesus, walking uprightly means that you are mature in Christ; That the Son of God is living in you and through you. Psalm 37:4 says God will give His children the desires of their heart if they seek after Him. God’s purpose for our lives is to be conformed to the image of His Son. As you grow into that likeness, you realize what your true desires are and you realize what good in this world you should pursue and what you shouldn’t. That means you can ultimately get everything you want out of life as long as you’re filled with the Spirit and your main purpose in it is to glorify God and not yourself. It doesn’t mean you’ll get it right when you want it or how you want it. That’s how God tests your patience and your faith in Him by saying no to some things-at least for a season.

Just the right time

Esther 4:13, 14. . .”Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?”
Now here’s a section of the Word of God I hardly ever read. Esther was a young Jewish girl who was given a high position as Queen during a time when a high ranking official in the King’s court made a petition to the king to wipe out the Jewish people because they obeyed God over the king.

When the king had the former Queen removed for her disobedience to him, he appointed officers to gather all the young maidens so he could select the next Queen. And of course, by the grace of Almighty God, Esther was selected for the position.

Mordecai, the man who raised her, told her not to tell the king that she was Jewish though. So, to sum the story up (since I haven’t finished it yet), Esther was put in a high place by God to free the Jewish people from the order sent out by Haman to wipe them out. Just like Joseph was put in a high position under pharoah to save Egypt from a famine in the land.

Like these people, you’re calling (if you. know God through the Lord Jesus) is to witness to people in your sphere of influence to set them free from their sins by faith in the blood of Jesus.

Also it wasn’t just a coincidence that people like Esther and Joseph were put in powerful positions when there was trouble in the land. Just like it wasn’t a coincidence that the promised Messiah came 2000 years ago to give His life as a ransom for many. The Bible says He came in the fulness of time-at just the right time.

Being led by the Spirit

Number 20:11. . .”Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff.”
Remember Moses? The great leader of the OT who led the House of Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Kind of similar to what Jesus did when He revealed Himself in the NT. He leads anybody out of their bondage to sin and the world (which is our Egypt) and into the promised land which is our calling and ministry in life given to us by the Lord Himself.

Of course we have to go through a wilderness during a few years while we grow and mature in our faith until we get to where He wants us to be before He can reveal His plan to us. And our calling is similar to Moses and Jesus.

We are called to be salt and light to those around us and lead them to faith in the Lord so they can be delivered from their sin and live the righteous life that God desires.