Running the Race as a Winner
As winners in the race, Can’t and impossible are two words that aren’t in our working vocabulary. Trials aren’t crosses[i] to bear; they are stepping stones to maturity.[ii] We are responsible to God to master our environment.[iii] We are equipped by God, in that we reflect his image, for bringing Biblical solutions to bear on our problems.[iv] Each trial is a blessed opportunity to learn some strengthening truth about God and take a step into our re-creation into his image.[v] We put our hands firmly into the hand of God and, in his strength; gladly accept the responsibility of mastering the events of our lives[vi]by following the instructions laid out in the Word– the road-map to spiritual maturity, abundant life, and the rest spoken of by Paul in Hebrews 4.
We are learning to live humbly or bountifully, to be full or hungry, to have abundance or need a lot with the knowledge and wisdom[vii]that we can do all things through Mashiach[viii]because he supports us as we hold tight to his hand and go through any situation with him. As winners, we recognize it is God who supplies all of our needs; that we are only stewards of any material goods we have; that all things are God’s; and that generosity is a sweet smelling aroma – an acceptable sacrifice that pleases God well.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember to always accept the responsibility of my own actions or inactions, to remember that I am equipped to be the master of every situation in your responsible freedom. I will remember that you are aware of every situation in my life and that I have the power to overcome, through you, in every circumstance. I will remember that I am a member of your royal family and behave myself with dignity and gentle power. I will display the fruit of the Spirit no matter what the state of affairs is that I am faced with. I will let love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control rule in every occurrence life offers me and obey your command to subdue and have dominion over my environment.
[i] Our cross is where sin dies to us daily.
[ii] II Corinthians 12:9, 10
[iii] I Corinthians 10:12, 13; Genesis 1:28
[iv] II Corinthians 3:18: Philippians 4:7-9
[v] Romans 7:15-25
[vi] Philippians 3:12-16; 4:11-13; Matthew 11:25-30
[vii] The practical application of that knowledge.