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Running The Race As A winner, The Second Thirty Days

Day Forty-four

I Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith! Take hold of the eternal life—you were called to it, and you made the good confession for it in the presence of many witnesses.[1]

We must wage war against the Devil’s attempts to erect strongholds of doubt and division in the Church. We must be careful not to fight with each other, but for each other.

It is hard for us to be separated because of the corona virus. Christians wonder if it is a government scheme to take away our power by driving a wedge between us. As Christians who are running the race as winners, we know that Satan uses things like this to try to make us weak. He knows that there is strength in numbers. He encourages division in the Church because he thinks it will weaken the power of God. He is a liar and deceiver. He comes among us as an angel of light and tells us we have something to fear – like this virus or other Christians that have different needs and personalities. He wants us to think that we understand everything perfectly so if the conclusions about things that have no eternal significance – like the way we worship when we come together, the type of music we prefer, whether or not we use symbols in our buildings, what we believe about healing, and on and on and on – are different than other Christians that we shouldn’t have fellowship with any of those members of the family of God. We need to cement our relationship with all the other members of the body of Christ. It the members of my physical body were to decide that some of the other members were “out of line” and refused to cooperate with them I would be in a physical mess. That would impede my power to do the things necessary to accomplish the functions of my physical survival. The same is true of the Body of Christ. We have a job to do and when we listen to Satan and allow him to divide us for any reason, it makes the job we have to do less effective. Satan cannot weaken God but he tries to weaken the Body of Christ. We must not allow him to use us in his useless attempt to destroy the mighty works of God. 

We must fight the good fight of faith and use the mighty weapons of God whose word is full of power. God’s word is sharper than any two-edged sword. It comes deep into our innermost thoughts and desires and even divides life from the breath of life. With God’s word we can tear down any strongholds that the Devil erects, and with His word we can pour strength into our spirits and live in the realm of eternity.

Prayer: Eternal King of my heart and life, I adore you and worship you. I will remember that you Body is here on this earth and has been for about two thousand years. I will not be intimidated into thinking that a single part of your Body is unimportant or less than any other part of it. My personality may not appreciate one member of your Body as much as another but I will not let that induce me to belittle those that I am not as attracted to. I will love all of my neighbors as I love and care for myself because they are all part of you; and I will bless your name both now and forevermore.

[1] TLV

Running the Race as a Winner – Day five

I Corinthians 12:8, 9

Faith is a gift, with substance and evidence originated and worked to perfection by God. It is the visible material of our hopes; the evidence of things that are impossible to see without it – the light at the end of the tunnel. The unrevealed things of God of the creation of the world are clearly seen through an understanding of the formation of the material world. The study of physics reveals God’s eternal power and Godhead. Things discovered about his creation are evidence of his being.

The judge says, “What is the evidence of your testimony?” A testimony is perceived as a pack of lies without verification. The proof of what Noah didn’t see was the Ark he built in compliance to God. He chose to agree with God about what he said and act in accordance. Scripture says Noah’s obedience made him an heir to righteousness “Which is by faith.” Abraham’s evidence was obedience in action.

We must ask ourselves, “What is my testimony? What kind of witness am I? Is my faith validated by tangible confirmation?” If the answer is, “no” we won’t try to construct faith or proof of assurance for ourselves. When we tasted of the good word of God by the faith that our taste buds experienced, we took a larger lick and got more faith with the lick. We saw it was good, so we had a little more. We spent more time with God and got to know him a little better. We trusted him with our hope of eternal life. As we spend more time with him, listening to him through his word, and talking to him through prayer, we become more aware of all that we have in Mashiach/Christ. This leads us to exercise our faith more, resulting in growth. If we don’t see the evidence of our faith now, we will go back to the source of our faith. We will hide his word in our hearts as we look at him, watch him, and lean on him.

Prayer: Lord, your power is mighty toward us who believe. My faith will abound more and more in real knowledge and all discernment so that I will see with the eyes of my heart that which is excellent and turn my back on evil. I will look at you through the mirror of your word. I will meditate on all your works. I will lean on you. I will hide your word in my heart.  I will praise you in the public square and I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. And blessed be the name of the Lord God from this time forth and forevermore.

Running the Race as a Winner for 2017

Day One

Doesn’t everyone want to be a winner – to be a success? God wants you to be a winner in the game of life. In Hebrews 12:11 Paul equates the Christian with the Roman athletes who live to win the race. These men wouldn’t have thought much of the attitude that says, “It isn’t whether you win or lose that counts, its how you play the game.” The athletes of Rome would have said, “If you play the game right, you will win.”  The runner, now and then, has his eye on only one thing – the goal.

A runner never carries anything with him. He/she even looks for light weight clothes that won’t restrict movement. The contender Paul was talking about was either training or running – he had no divided loyalties.

We live in a world where we learn from the cradle that we must succeed and success equals money and power. Our preoccupation with money weighs us down. We struggle with sin. We are tempted to take on new sin. We constantly remind ourselves of our old sins, and we trip over someone else’s sin. No one could run with such encumbrances.

If we are going to run the race of life that Paul talked about, the first step is to enter, and for that there is only one condition. The one and only standard is faith in the One who already ran and won, paving the way for us.

If you have not chosen to believe Messiah (Christ) is your Savior, now is the time to do it. Then, and only then, you will be ready to run the race as a winner. As Paul explained to the Romans, (Romans 3:10, 23) The Torah tells us that no one is righteous because everyone falls short of God’s glory (perfection). Imperfection results in death (separation from God) as Paul said in Romans 6:23. When we choose to agree with God that we are sinners (imperfect before our Creator) and that sin’s result is death; we are ready to find a remedy. We want to be reconciled to our Creator God. Paul explains how in Romans 8:2-4. As Eugene Peterson puts it:

“A new power is in operation. The spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”

When we make the choice to believe that Jesus paid the price of sin and death and say so (as Paul told the Romans in 10:9, 10, and 13) we have life in Messiah through eternity. Praise his blessed name. We are in the race.

Prayer: Lord, you are the foundation of my salvation. The Mighty One, and you are very great. You are opening the eyes of my understanding and giving me wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you. I have tasted of your goodness and I am hungry and thirsty to know more. You are my refuge and my strength. I make a conscious commitment to know what the greatness of your power is toward me and you have promised to demonstrate your power in my life. And blessed be the name of the Lord God from this time forth and forevermore.