Run to Win
September 13, 2020

Run to Win

September 13, 2020

In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. 26 So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around. 27 Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 LB

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT)

Whether you realize it or not, you’re already running in a marathon called

Our choices are not always between and  

We carry of misplaced priorities, unconfessed sin, fear, toxic relationships, unforgiveness and past regrets.

He died to lighten our load as we

(every weight) merely hindrances that can keep us from running effectively the race God has for us.

3 running tips to finish the race 

  1. keep your

(Hebrews 12:2) Keeping your eyes on Jesus describes an attitude of faith and not just a single act. Jesus ran His race before us. If He is the author of our faith, then He promises to lead us to the finish line. 

Philippians 3:13b-14 “… I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” 

  1. Disregard . 

(Hebrews 12:3) Jesus endured the cross, disregarding its shame. 

He suffered the social curse of being hung on a cross in public shame between common criminals, yet He disregarded its shame to finish His race for you and me!  

How do you do that?  the joy that was set before Him! 

The joy awaiting the Christ follower is at the finish line where you will hear the Father say, and servant 

Your sins are forgiven! You can run freely!

  1. Never! 

Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

He didn’t let anything distract Him from finishing the race. 

You’re not running alone!  The Christian race is a relay race. We are running alongside other followers who encourage us to keep on keeping on even when we feel like giving up. 

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