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Finishing the Race

Where is the joy and excitement we once had when we first came to know the Lord Jesus Christ? For many, they feel its been lost forever and whatever joy or excitement they do experience, it’s like a meteor lighting up the night sky for one joyous moment and then disappearing. So how do we keep that joy and excitement alive, especially in our older age when we are fraught with illnesses, physical limitations and unusual maladies? How do we keep it alive when we are facing various trials and tribulations? The simple answer, which begs for an explanation, is get back in the race. Unfortunately, many well many Christians are still sitting on the sidelines allowing Christianity to become little more than a good habit with poor results. So how do we leave this quagmire of constant learning without meaningful application; how do we return to the joy of our salvation where every day is a new day in the Lord filled with unbelievable excitement? Get back in the race. The Bible says, “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, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Let us run the race. I will tell you from personal experience it’s a hard thing to do when you struggle with health problems, which can cause difficulty even getting motivated. Yet, through all this we can stay in the race, we can run to win the prize. Although we may feel as if our life is already being poured out as a sacrifice to the Lord, we can press on by keeping our eyes upon the goal, our upward calling in Christ Jesus. The Bible tells us to lay aside every weight so that we can run the race. Think about the many distractions in our life that keep pulling us in one direction and then another. We live in a world full of distractions. I have discovered as of late that politics even with good intentions can be a huge distraction if left unchecked. We can add to that many other things that can distract us from running the race, from social media, to a host of videos and movies, sports games, worldliness, or anything that would keep our eyes off the goal. The Bible says lay aside every weight. It also says to lay aside every sin that so easily besets us. We all without a doubt have our own besetting sins. Each person must examine his own life to determine which one or ones he still holds onto tightly. It could be little or could be big, but it’s still a sin that can trip us up and keep us from running the race. It could be pride, the love of money, bitterness, refusal to ever turn the other cheek, quenching the Holy Spirit, doubting God, unbelief or anything that would keep our eyes off Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith.

Through all this we all need motivation. The Bible says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1a). In fact, we are greatly motivated by those witnesses who have gone on before us running the race set before them by keeping their faith in God. These witnesses were actually martyrs giving up their lives in their service to God by proclaiming His truth. When Jesus Christ came, He blazed the trail by being the author and finisher of our faith. He was the premier example of possessing a faith in God to fulfill all His promises to the Son and to the world. It’s this kind of faith that keeps us in the race, headed for the goal, and cheered on by the great cloud of witnesses. This is much more than just believing all the right doctrine. It believes that God fulfills all His promises, for which Bible students know, there are many. For this article, we will only look at two, to me the two most sublime of all promises made to those who believe in God.

The first promise to the believers is the security for those who have genuinely died to self and taken up the cross to follow Christ in obedience to His commands and believing that God has power to save them from their sins. Our security believes that nothing can snatch us out of the Father’s hand (See John 10:29) and that nothing can separate us from His love (See Romans 8:35). There is great joy knowing that you are safe and secure in the Father’s hands and that literally nothing can separate us from His divine love. This takes faith believing that God will fulfill on all His promises and most assuredly it includes our salvation. The second promise is to believe that God makes every true believer into a new creation. The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). Just how important is this point? Can I effectively run the race and not believe it? The short answer is no, because like the first point it is tied irrevocably to our salvation. You simply cannot have one without the other. The whole purpose of salvation and running the race set before us is spiritual growth. Growing us from one degree of glory to another (See II Corinthians 3:18), and by putting off the old life and putting on the new (See Ephesians 4:22-24); to being made into the perfect image of the Son (See Romans 8:29), who is the author and finisher of our faith.

So, to run the race we must allow the Holy Spirit to do His job of growing us into this new creation where old things pass away. This is where your witness to the truth will put you in the cross hairs of Satan and the world who wants to keep you in the old sin-filled life ministering to it through their psychobabble and addicted to their mind-altering drugs. It takes God given faith to break loose and escape the bondage imposed upon them by the world. Believing that God can cure all our emotional and psychological problems. Believing that all the old hurts from the past life will eventually fall away with every step we take into the new life. At this point we have not shed any blood as a true witness. Yet, we are living in the midst of the rebellion against God, and in time this will all change, especially when we as true believers resist their counsel and refuse their drugs. So, what’s needed my friends is patient endurance as we run the race keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ.

Finally, we look to the finish line and to our crown of righteousness given to all who complete the race. Although we may not feel that our departure is immediately at hand, we should have no problem if it was, because should we not all long to be in heaven with our Lord, experiencing all that heaven offers. Like the Apostle Paul, we should all feel as though we have fought the good fight by not only running the race set before us, but having stood for the truth that salvation in Christ gives us a brand-new life in Him. At times in the midst of the rebellion we may feel as though we have stood against the entire world and have suffered greatly for it. From my own personal testimony, even so called Christians can be very cruel launching a volley of arrows piercing our heart with false accusations, hateful language and even threats. Therefore, it is necessary to run the race with patient endurance not allowing distractions, besetting sins, or even the abuse from others to keep us out of the race. My prayer is that at least a faithful remnant will come together in these last days to stand for truth and righteousness and will be able to carry the light of God’s salvation message to the lost even in the face of violent opposition. When it’s finally time to depart, to cast off into a greater sea bond for the shores of Heaven then you can say along with the cloud of witness that we had kept the faith in God and finished the race.

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Love All the Children

A Love note from God, to all pregnant women (and parents who have accepted the greatest gift imaginable). As you’re sitting there contemplating the life that’s within you please realize that God, creator of all that exist, has plans for your child as he’s being formed within the womb. What an amazing thought. That this child of yours could be used of God in some mighty task in saving others or establishing His Kingdom here on earth. This child of yours could end up being the President of the United States of America; or some great scientist who discovers the cure for some horrible disease like Alzheimer’s; or some great evangelist that would turn the peoples heart back to God and His magnificent love. Can you only imagine what would have happened if Mary would’ve chosen abortion to escape people not understanding the miraculous birth of a virgin? Because of her faithfulness, the Son of God was born in human flesh to bring salvation to humanity. Even if your child does not climb to such heights, he will still have a tremendous effect upon others living in the world. Just think about the number of lives that you have personally touched. Perhaps some for the good and some for the bad, but either way it may have helped them to grow stronger and more resolute to face the many trials and tribulations in the world.

The greatest gift that God has given to humanity is the gift of life through the natural act of procreation. It is so unfortunate that this beautiful act has been reduced to only sexual pleasures with no thought of bringing forth life to be cherished and loved. The gift is for you, for there are countless stories how a child born to struggling parents have gone on to bring great blessings to its parents, emotional, psychological, and even financial. Please don’t haphazardly throw this gift away, but embrace it with all the vigor and strength that you can muster, accepting the responsibility with faith that God will provide for your every need, along with the child’s. Let us love all the children even the child that is being formed within your womb.

Then, what a joy it is to see your little child grow up taking on his own unique personality. God protected him while he was in the womb, now it’s our responsibility to protect him from a world who desperately wants to mold him into its own image of free choice and gross immorality. As little sponges they soak up everything you say and do as the ultimate role model for humanity. Although, at times the responsibility may seem overbearing, it is God who gives dear Mothers and Fathers the grace and knowledge through His Bible to raise their children in the way they should go, for indeed the promise is true that says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Just remember that God is with you and your child. He wants to hear from you through heart felt prayers and repentance, so that He can lavish you with His many blessings and benefits, the greatest blessing of all, is a new life in Christ. And for those who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, let me invite you to take a few moments and listen to, “God’s Message to Humanity,” by clicking here.

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Final Word to Christians- Part III (Video)

Are you trusting in Jesus Christ alone? Take a few minutes and discover if you really are remaining faithful to Him. In the dark days ahead receiving godly wisdom on how to stand firm during the Great Tribulation will be nonexistent. This video series remedies that problem by passing on vital information now, as our legacy to the coming generation, but more importantly to those living now, who are currently being swept away by the deception of our age. Please share with others.

The Shield of Faith

Today’s article continues an eight week series on the armor of God. A very important part of being prepared spiritually for the “End Times” is being dressed in and utilizing the whole armor of God for Satan will be extremely powerful and even more deceptive because he knows that his time is short. The shield of faith is the next piece of armor to be put on by the Christian soldier. As the Christian soldier goes deep into enemy territory to rescue the perishing the devil will hurl a volley of flaming arrows to discourage you in your pursuit. Upon receiving one of his arrows, you may experience strong emotions of fear, emptiness, aloneness, and doubt that comes in an instant when you least expect it, and then your spirit cries out in anguish begging for someone to listen to your plight. These arrows are all the more destructive in power. They have the ability to pierce and seriously wound the soldier. When the piercing arrows of depression, anger, and fear are filling the air, we must learn to take refuge behind the shield of faith (see Proverbs 30:5).  As we come together as believers, we can link our faith-shields to ward off the devil’s darts. Continue reading The Shield of Faith

The Gospel of Peace

Today’s article continues an eight week series on the armor of God. A very important part of being prepared spiritually for the “End Times” is being dressed in and utilizing the whole armor of God for Satan will be extremely powerful and even more deceptive because he knows that his time is short. Equipping your feet in preparation for the gospel of peace is the next piece of armor to be put on by the Christian soldier. In the First Century when this was first penned by the Apostle Paul without the use of feet to carry man to the furthest parts of the Roman Empire the Gospel of Jesus Christ would have never left Jerusalem. Clearly those hoping to vanquish the powers of the enemy needed to carry the Gospel into hostile lands exercising the use of their feet. Along with the feet came the whole person not just sharing empty words, but powerful words made manifest through their holy demeanor. Their body language came aglow through the Holy Spirit, as their spiritual fruit gloriously ripened and their loving actions were demonstrated. In a dark and callous world it was a breath of fresh air for those who were suffocating under the weight of confusion caused by the devil. Although, we live in a different world were the gospel can be shared over cyberspace, closed circuit TV, and print media it will never truly take the place of a face to face encounter, where people can not only hear the gospel presentation, but observe it in the life of the one delivering it. Continue reading The Gospel of Peace