Running The Race

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2). “Run in such a way that you may obtain the price. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things they then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we imperishable. 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25

God Disciplines His Sons:
Running the Christian race takes dedications, discipline, perseverance, endurance and desire to obtain the price. Paul ran his race with purpose and discipline to win an eternal crown. In 1 Corinthians 9: 24 he encourages others to do the same that he did: “Run in such a way that you may obtain the price. The desire came from your heart; we need to have the desire and effort to finish the race. Our heart and our mind must be focus in Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. A key to successful living is self-control–controlling our emotions, desires, passions, and our tongue. Self-control is about self-discipline. The Bible compares it to sports. It says, “Run your race to win. To obtain the victory the runner must be free of obstacles during the race, the same thing happen with the Christian race.

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. We have to throw off everything that hinders. The definition of “get rid of” means that we have to get rid of things that we already know that causes us to stumble. Getting rid means casting aside, casting away, throw away, toss away, put away, cast out, and stop everything that hinders you or stopping if we are sinning. Get rid of these old things that cause you pain. The enemy does not want to see us in a perfect peace, he does not want to see us in front of the race. His only purpose is to pull off from the race, to pull us out of the lane, to destroy us by putting different obstacles that looks good in our eyes but at the end is death. Those obstacles are: the weight, the sin, transgression, and iniquity:

The weight:
The weight hinders us, you have to pay the price to casting aside every weight in your life, and it takes effort, dedication, discipline, and perseverance in order to be successful. When an athlete is training for a race, most of it is discipline in every area especially in what they eat every day. You cannot eat everything if you are going to win races. Hebrews12:1 tells us to “Lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race has 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.”

When a runner gain weight, his race never will be the same until he, she get rid of the weight. The weight slow down, it keeps out from the purpose to obtain the price. In the Christian life, a burden is a heavy weight that is difficult to carry during the race. A weight or load, on body or soul; denote afflictions, failings, sins (Psalms 38:4 55:22). Let us lay aside every weight; or burden; every sin, which is a weight and burden to a sensible sinner, and is an hindrance in running the Christian race; not only indwelling sin, but every actual transgression, and therefore to be laid aside; as a burden, it should be laid on Christ; as a sin, it should be abstained from, and put off. Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. As soon we empty our vessels with all the garbage, with all heavy things that hinders us to running the race, we need  to fill the vessel with the word of God and then we will run more easily. “You’ve got to throw some things off to put some things on.”

Sin:
A definition of sin is doing what is wrong or not doing what is right according to God’s rules (1 John 3:4). If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have sinned. Sin is totally inconsistent with the Christian’s life. According to God, sin separates you from Him (Isaiah 59:2). According to God’s rules, we’re all sinners. But God has done something absolutely incredible! God Himself paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross and three days later rose again. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

there is a specific area in your life where you often fall in sin you better go to the root of the problem and remove it! You won’t get rid of it until you remove it and with your actions show that you repent from it.  Whatever it may be, go to the root of it and remove the temptations that are making you to stumble. A good way to overcome temptations is also to flee from them and avoid things and places that make us to stumble (2 Tim 2:22).  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you ( James 4:7) .The word “resist” means to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist temptation; fend off; stand firm against; fight, argue, or work against, to refuse to cooperate with, submit to.  James 4:6-8 “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Jesus successfully resisted the wilderness temptations of Satan (Luke 4:1-13). In each instance, Jesus’ response to the devil was, “It is written!” Incorporate God’s Word, the bible, into every facet of your lives into every thought, word, and action. Such a biblically grounded believer will consistently overcome the devil and his strategies. Ephesians 6:10-18 finally, are strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Transgression:
Transgression is willfully disobeying one of God’s laws. It can also mean refusing to do what God asks you to do. It is rebelling against His authority. Psalm 32:5 says, Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” As we grow in our relationship with the Lord, we begin to agree with Him that certain behavior is not right. When we break His laws, and walk in the wrong lane, we confess those transgressions because we agree with Him and we value our relationship with Him. He knows our hearts and He forgives us because of His relationship with us.

Iniquity:
A particular deviation from rectitude; a sin or crime; wickedness; any act of injustice. “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God” (Isaiah 59). “He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). 1 John 2:1 my little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Conclusion:
“But I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”(I Cor. 9:27) What did Paul mean by this?  Paul had two goals to accomplish. One in this life, and the second one in eternity.  His first goal was to win lost souls to Christ. “To the weak I become weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men that I may by all means save some.  And I do all things for the sake of the gospel, that I may become a fellow partaker of it.” (I Cor. 9:22-23)

Winning the spiritual race doesn’t depend upon how fast you run.  It is determined by how you run. Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him ( John 3:16-17). In the big race, quitting is not an option. But aren’t you glad you have a heavenly Father cheering you on to the finish line? If you just put one foot in front of the other, God will help you get to the finish line. If we’ll just stay in it, keep getting up every day, God will give you the strength, the talent, the ability, the tools, the favor, everything you need to succeed.

We must take off the clothing of sin and put on the robe of perseverance, intent and purpose to live for Christ, laying aside the things of this earth, running with great determination and vigor toward our promised eternity. We must never give up, and we must never quit. We must run with readiness, commitment and accountability, with the spirit of excellence.  Run the race with power. Run for the millions who do not know Jesus and need redemption. Run for your children and your children’s children. Run with a spirit of excellence and finish the race.”

Salvation:
Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life towards you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ who died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, and is alive. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

If you said that prayer sincerely from your heart, we believe you have been born again. Welcome to the family of God! We encourage you now to find a local church where you can be baptized and grow in the knowledge of God through His Word, the Bible.

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