“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.“ 1 Cor. 9:24
Christianity is a race and it is our personal responsibility to run or not to run. The challenge however is that when you refuse to run, you are giving the devil a place in your life. “Neither give place to the devil.“ Eph. 4:27
Jesus said “except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12:24 God expects you to die to self and begin to run the race of life that is set before you, so that you may enjoy the abundant life that is only available in Him. On the other hand, when you refuse to press forward, then comes oppression, because only those that press are free from oppression.
“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.“ Luke 16:16.
You must know that only those who run the race and carry their cross are worthy to be called His own. “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.“ Matthew 10:38
If abundant life is your desire, then run and finish strong according to God’s will for you. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.“ Hebrews 12:1 As you can see, there is a race that is set before you, and it is your personal choice to run and lay aside anything that will disturb you or distract you in this race of life. Anything that hinders you from running this race of life, is an enemy; it is a tool of the devil to distract you from fulfilling your God-ordained destiny. You need to search the scriptures for the wisdom of God concerning this matter. What does the Bible say? Lay them aside! Be it a person, a material possession or money…be careful.
Jesus said what is your profit if you gain the whole world and lose your soul? Mark 8:36-37, Luke 9:25
Come and listen to the word of life that can change your life in a second. Run your race is our message for the month of November and how to finish strong.
Don’t miss it for anything!
Pastor Thomson Imonopi