Running the Race as a Winner
My constant concern must be
To deliberately perform well.
I must conduct myself in such a way
As to glorify my father.
Faith is a product of grace; the material and evidence of our unseen hopes created from promises God made to us. Mashiach/Christ is the one who our faith comes from and he is the only one who can strengthen and work it to perfection. We are his well-done, completed production; therefore, we function correctly.
In the beginning God created us faultless. However; through our disobedience since the beginning we are dead (separated from God) in our transgressions and failings. But God, rich in mercy, great in love; by grace made us alive in Christ, which united us again with our Creator.[i]
We are his workmanship: the product of his effort. Created unto good works, we are not repaired with old parts, but given new parts that are working right and made into a good man[ii]in good working condition. God takes the dim eyes[iii] and gives them clear sight[iv]; the ears that are heavy[v]and gives them hearing[vi]; the slow tongue[vii], he gives words to utter.[viii]
When the gears get dirty, we wash them in the water of the Word and oil them with Rauch Ha Kodesh/the Holy Spirit.[ix]When they wind down, we plug them into the power source – The Light of the world.[x]
Prayer: O Lord, from you comes every good and perfect gift. In you there is no shadow of turning. You are consistent in all your ways. You have brought me forth by the word of truth that I might be among the kind of first-fruits of your creatures. For this reason, Lord, you will direct me into and through the perfect law of liberty, so I am working well to demonstrate your attributes to the world.
[i] Ephesians 2:1-10
[ii] Remember an means man, woman and child
[iii] Genesis 48:10
[iv] Ephesians 1:18
[v] Isaiah 6:10
[vi] John 8:47
[vii] Exodus 4:10
[viii] Matthew 10:19, 20
[ix] Ephesians 5:26
[x] Acts 4:31: 1:8