When we realise that God created us to glorify Him, and we start to act in ways that fulfil that purpose, then we will begin to experience an intensity of joy and fulfilment in the Lord that we have never known before.
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God calls us to remember the people of faith who have set the example for us, to lay aside things that hinder our relationship with the Lord, and to run with endurance this race in front of us while fixing our eyes on the founder and perfecter of our faith.
Performance is an avenue that God created for Him to be glorified.
However, performance can become a dangerous pressure-cooker for individuals who make it their foundation, their identity, and their source of worth.
For those that have never experienced the infamous “wall,” it comes in the form of complete and utter depletion of energy to make forward progress.
It is lacking power to proceed.
It is having less and less power.
It is feeling as if there is no energy within you to keep going.
We train hard and use disciplines to strengthen us when we run.
These bring to us awards that will rust and decay, so how much more important is it for us to discipline ourselves as we seek to grow closer to our Heavenly Father?
It takes a lot of time and effort to build the core.
Discipline, perseverance, patience, commitment, and accountability are some characteristics needed by the individual to develop it.
It’s all good when we see these promises through and enjoy the subsequent results.
However, what happens when (and it often does) the promises fall flat?
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Our faith is not built upon “once and for all”, but a daily commitment. The small daily chats we have with Him that grows our trust in Him.
Know that where He wills our potential, that is where it will be. Greater potential in God’s eyes can be different for everyone. It is not the scale of your mission because your potential lies in your obedience to His calling.
Christianity without discipleship is Christianity without Christ.
To be a believer is to be a disciple, and to be a disciple is to follow Jesus.
A life without Jesus is a fake life. Your life needs to revolve around Jesus, centering around His plans and purposes for you. You need to be real to yourself, to take the word of God and apply it in the reality of your life.
Fixing your eyes on Jesus means that you need to maintain your faithfulness even in times of turmoil or distress.
God desires that deeply!
He wants you to know that He can be trusted and that He is ultimately in control.
What is the extent of your faithfulness that God is expecting from you?
If you had the opportunity, would you send a friend request to Jesus?
Would your posts be any different if you knew Jesus was your friend and reading them?
Would He “like” or comment on your posts?
As we live out our life mission of pursuing God, let us remember that it is He who first pursued us and continues to pursue us.
He is the reason we exist and the reason we serve.
Jesus invites the insecure to find security in Him.
He calls us not to be indifferent, for He was not indifferent to our needs and our sins.
The distinction is that holiness is a by-product of righteousness.
Not the reverse.
When we are in right relationship with the Living God, we become, we are holy, we are granted His holiness and our lives will be different.
We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. Be submissive to His will and sacrifice things that hold us back from finishing our race.
Like the Word of God, let us emphasize coming to God with whole hearts rather than waiting for it to be purified.
If you want to mature in Christ, get ready for some kingdom assignments that train you towards perfection as these will reveal misalignment and help us rightly realign in the Spirit.
Stress and anxiety see the worst kind of future, but Hope says God has got this!
God works the night shift so that we can rest in Him and sleep!
Those of us who may consider ourselves “experienced” Christians need to remember to slow down for the new believer.
To take time from our busy lives to fellowship, encourage, and walk the path of faith with them.
We will all have illnesses or injuries in these human bodies, don’t wait for those times to draw closer to Him and spend more time with Jesus.
The time is today, the call for you to draw closer to Jesus is today.
There is nothing in this world like being filled and surrounded by the presence of Jesus
For the first time, it didn’t bother me that my heart rate shot up because I had to run faster or climb hills.
I simply ran with the Lord, and I finished my run wearing a smile and knowing that I was in the right zone.
Our commitment to GOD should be reflective of His unconditional love bestowed upon us.
Jesus loved us so much that He was committed to us until His last breath on Earth.
after loss, there is still life and love; after hurt, there is still hope and healing; after pain, there is still peace and purpose; and after chaos, there is comfort and clarity.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33).
Hard feet and soft hearts develop when we walk in God’s priorities and His gospel message.
An athlete in training and a coach knows that there will be plenty of self-sacrifice when training and coaching in their sport.
If we desire to advance and perform well, wise decisions, prioritization and following a plan will set the stage for success.
This is true if we desire to follow Jesus and do what matters most.
Prayer is not so much getting our way as it is aligning to His.
This may not be what you want to hear, but it just is.
Avoid vain repetitions, many words; and a fixed, empty, rote repetition.
Long prayers do not mean more spirituality or more impressive
As children of God, we have the capacity to hear His voice. There will be times when we don’t understand or hear from God. Wait on Him.
God hears us and speaks back.
It’s in that still small voice that when looking for a sermon to listen to, you hear, “you need that one today”.
Or when in prayer over someone, you hear, “text or call this person”.
Ultimately, it is our privilege and blessing to obey, to walk with God in peace.
As we spend time praying, God will speak to our hearts and it is from here that we start developing deeper relationships with him.
God had never intended for us to figure out life on our own.
Humanity needs the revelations from God in order to make sense of what is happening around us.
We all know to ask and to pray.
But when we do not receive answers fast enough, do we find ourselves asking “Pray for what?”.
Or if God already knows, then “A.S.K. for what?”
Even so, although we know to ask, do we know what to ask for?
You can run at your pace and chat with God as and when you feel inspired to.
Do you know what’s better?
It’s ok when you’re digging deep, tackling a steep hill and your words are few, because God hears our heart.
We are designed to worship Him all the way to the finish line by racing to the best of our ability and giving it our all.
In this race of life, we have one shot.
Knowing this, how are you going to run?
In any race we are going to get tired, weary, discouraged, distracted and lost. So, how to we really finish the race?
Being under the mentorship of a strong believer can help build up the new believer, just as how being with a strong runner can help the novice runner run better.
If you want to reign like you were designed to, you’ll have to be disciplined. Those who reign must learn to accept the corrective discipline of God.
Jesus says to forgive seventy times seven times. For forgiveness flows through us, being designed to receive grace and give grace to others.
God desires us to make time, make room for Him, for communion, for worship, for a willing ear and heart to listen to His agendas.
Whatever struggle, delay, dejection and discouragement I experienced and encountered, it was to make me stronger in relationship with God.
Let us run, not just physically, but spiritually! Throw off any sin clinging to us in our lives, encouraging one another to grow in the Lord Jesus!
We must adapt, change, and reevaluate what we are doing to be purposeful in strengthening and developing our relationship with God.
No matter how fast or slow your pace, no matter how far or how short your route, if you run, you are a runner!
Judgement creates barriers and walls in our already hypersensitive society, making it increasingly difficult to have civil discussions openly.
We can care for our body and glorify God by regularly exercising, eating healthily, and getting enough sleep.
Did you know too that when we exercise, we can turn to the scriptures as our source of encouragement and inspiration?
5 weeks of C.R.O.S.S (Crucifixion, Resurrection, Obedience, Sacrifice and Salvation) devotions have created a lasting impact on my heart.
They have drawn me in to reflect upon His goodness and it has transformed my walk with God and relationships with friends and family.
Life on earth is a finite race we are gifted by Him to run. We are exhorted to apply ourselves wholeheartedly to running and finishing well.