Monday, August 10, 2015

Run for Your Life

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

The Christian life is often described as a race—one designed by God. The purpose of the race to become more Christlike and bring God glory. 

If you’re going to run the race, the first thing you need to know is the route. That’s where the Bible comes to play. It’s a lamp to our feet and light to our path, says the Psalmist. In other words, it serves as a map or compass. You could call it the infallible manual for living, something that is much needed in our secular culture. 

During the race, we need perseverance and endurance because we will encounter obstacles along the way; hindrances like…

Criticism, which may come from believers and/or pagans
Opposition to make a clear stand for Jesus
Uncertainty when the way isn’t clear

We have help in overcoming obstacles like these and others, the precious Holy Spirit who strengthens us as we study God’s unchanging character and timeless promises.

We’re beginning a new week. Let’s run the race well. And please remember we have a running mate, Jesus, Himself, who is right beside us, neither leaving us nor forsaking us. We know that through the Scriptures and are encouraged by it as well. 

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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

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