Run The Race With Patience

Hebrews 12:1–Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
The race is God’s will that He has set before us.  It is the life that is set before us.  The finish line is the physical death that lies before us.
1. We must continually lay aside every weight and sin. In order to run this race we must lay aside every weight. Anything that would weigh heavy upon us and hinder us in fulfilling God’s will, must be laid aside. These burdens include things that worry us and cause us anxiety. We must also lay aside the sin which does so easily beset us. Sins attack us from all
sides and hem us in. They enter our lives easily if we are not ever watchful. Every weight and sin is an obstacle that stands in the way of our doing God’s will.
2. We must continually have patience. It requires patience because of the obstacles that get in our way.
3. We must continually look to Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith. We need this faith to successfully run the race that is set before us and carry out God’s will for our life.  We are to look to Jesus as our example and for encouragement. He endured what He had to face and go through for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). Not only is the race set before us, but the joy is also set before us at the end of the race. There is great joy in fulfilling God’s will for our life and in the rewards for doing so.

We Are Overcomers

1 John 4:4–Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
He that is in the world: He is “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”. He is the one who tempts us to follow the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. He is the one who tempts us to fulfill the desires of the flesh, and of the mind. He is Satan and the devil.

He that is in us: He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of truth. He is the one who teaches us all things and brings to our remembrance what God has said unto us. He is the one who guides us into all truth. He is the one who enables us to display the fruit of the Spirit. He is the one who manifests Himself through us in the form of the gifts of the Spirit. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:7-11). “It is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). He works in us not just to bring our will in line with his will, but as we yield to his will He works in and through us to perform it. “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us’ Romans 8:37).

“Thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

The Coming Judgment

Luke 17:26-30– As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man…Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot…Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed
As I said yesterday the world is on a course–But where is this course headed? The course of this world is headed toward judgment.
1. In Noah’s day the world got worse and worse until God destroyed the world in a flood.  “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart” (Genesis 6:5-6).
2. In Lot’s day the same was true of Sodom and Gomorrah. These two cities got worse and worse until God destroyed them with fire from heaven.
3. The course of this world today is also getting worse and worse. Things on TV today would never been allowed in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The world is getting further and further from God. Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah…as it was in the days of Lot…even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. This world is headed for judgment and
destruction again. Be not conformed to this world. Don’t follow the course of this world.  “There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). Walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Walk by faith and not by sight.

The Course Of The World

Ephesians 2:2–Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.
This world is traveling on a course–It is a path directed by the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. It is a path of disobedience to God and His word. It is a path that leads away from God. The prince of the power of the air is Satan and he uses the cares, the pleasures and the riches of this world to distract us and to preoccupy our thoughts and our lives. His goal is to keep the word of God from bringing forth fruit in our lives. People who follow the course of the world live according to the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and of the mind. “The lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16). Not only do individuals follow the course of the world but groups of people can operate at this lower level. If you closely examine our country you can see it. Our country has moved farther and farther away from God. You see it on TV, in the movies, in the music, and in other aspects of the media. You see it in decisions that are made by our government and also in the court system. Removing creationism, prayer, and the Bible from our schools is just one example.

Once we walked in this way, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5). We were dead in trespasses and sins but God quickened us, giving us new life through being born of His Spirit. Romans 6:4 says, that we are to walk in newness of life. Romans 6:12 says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof”. Let us not follow the course of the world, away from God and in disobedience to Him and His word. God will strengthen us through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us that we might live as He would have us to do.

Check back tomorrow to see where the course of this world is headed.

Be Transformed

Romans 12:2–Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”.
Be not conformed to this world–Most people are busy being conformed to this world. They follow after the latest fads. They seek after the latest fashions. They are involved with keeping up with the Jones’s. They are too earthly minded to be of any heavenly good.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind–When we are born again (of God’s Spirit) we become a new creature in Christ Jesus: old things are to pass away and all things are to become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). In other words our lives are to be transformed (changed). For this change to take place our minds must be renewed. Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”. The renewing of our mind is a change from being carnally (earthly) minded to being spiritually minded. Our minds have been programmed by the world and people in the world. Our thinking is on a worldly level. Our mind is tied to the 5 senses and our thinking is linked to the 5 senses. Thus we hear that saying, “Seeing is believing”. This would indicate that faith comes from seeing. No, No, No. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Our minds must be renewed or changed and we must become spiritually minded. This will result in us being transformed. This transformation will take place as the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our understanding to the word of God and thus renews our minds. The Holy Spirit reveals the word of God to us and in the process faith is created. We then can walk by faith and not by sight. Let us stay in the word of God and pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint the word and reveal it to us that our minds may be renewed and our lives transformed.

As our minds are renewed and our lives are transformed, we can prove God’s will to be good, acceptable, and perfect.

Letters From God–Book of Romans 2:1-29

My child, whoever judges others is inexcusable, for in whatever way they judge another, they condemn themselves; for they do the same things. Rest assured that My judgment is according to truth, against them which commit such things. Those who judge others and do the same shall not escape My judgment. Their disobedience shows their contempt for Me, in spite of My kindness toward them and my patience with them. Since they are stubborn and don’t want to change the way they think and act, they are adding to My displeasure against them on the day of My righteous judgement. On that day everyone will receive according to their behavior. Those who patiently continue in doing what is right, and seek an everlasting life with its glory, and honor and peace, will not be disappointed. But to those who, in self-centered pride, refuse to believe and obey the truth, but obey that which is wrong, there shall be a fair and just punishment of suffering and distress, regardless of who they are. Know this, I do not favor one person above another, but judge according to each person’s works. So be doers of My Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourself and thinking that hearing is enough. Those who live in obedience to My Word, reveal that My Word is written in their hearts, and their conscience and thinking being directed by the same, will bear witness to them of what is right and wrong. In the day that I judge the secrets of all, by Jesus Christ, according to the Word of truth, everyone shall understand their judgment is just and fair.

My child, there are those who confess to be Christians, who have My Word, and brag about a relationship with Me; who feel that they are guides for those that are blind and abide in ignorance, and yet they fail to teach themselves. They see the wrong in others but fail to see the wrong in themselves. My name is cursed among mankind because of them. Others see their hypocrisy and are hindered in coming to Me. A person is not a Christian because of outward physical and religious practices. A person is a Christian because of an inward work which I have done in them. For they are My workmanship created in spiritual connection with My Son, Jesus Christ, wherein I have separated them from sin and unto Me. They now live in relationship with Me and live according to My Word which I have written in their heart and according to My Spirit which I have placed in them. They now live for My praise and not to the praise of others. Romans 2:1-29

Jesus Our Shepherd

Psalms 23:1-6–The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are art with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Jesus, our Shepherd, watches over us with loving concern. We shall not want for anything physical, mental, or spiritual under His watchful eye. He is concerned about our needs. He will see that we are well fed by His word which is milk and meat. He will lead us to places where we might find spiritual rest, peace, and refreshment. He will meet the needs of our soul, restoring us to spiritual health. By His word, His life, and His Spirit He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. He leads us in the way we live our lives and in how we minister. He leads us that we might fulfill the Father’s will as He did when He was here. He will protect us and guide us through the valley of the shadow of death. We will pass through it not stay in it. We will be touched by only the shadow of death and not death itself (John 11:25-26). His presence, protection, and guidance will comfort us. He will prepare a place of peace, comfort, joy, fellowship, and nourishment in the midst of our enemies. He anoints us with His Holy Spirit, filling us to overflowing with rivers of living water flowing from our innermost being (John 7:38-39). His goodness and mercy shall follow us as a companion all the days of our lives. We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever for he has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again to receive us to himself that where he is there we shall be also (John 14:1-3).

We must listen to Him and follow Him. Herein we shall be blessed. I urge you to get better acquainted with your Shepherd. To do this you must spend time with Him and in His word. Try to make him a part of your day by willfully thinking about him. Make worship a part of your day; by “speaking to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).

The Abundant Life

John 10:10–“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The thief is the devil–He comes to steal our happiness, peace and everything else. The thief is come to kill our relationships and bring separation from our friends and families. The thief is come to destroy our lives and opportunities.

Jesus is come that we might have eternal, everlasting life–Jesus is come that we might experience this eternal, everlasting life to its fullest. I am afraid that most Christians don’t experience this life in its abundance. It has been made available for all but it is up to each Christian to receive it for themselves. Many don’t have the joy of their salvation or the peace of God that passes all understanding. The abundant life is found in the fullness of the Spirit. If we ask for it, it will be given to us. If we seek it, we shall find it. If we knock, it will be opened to us. Jesus said, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 5:7-8). God bless you.

Spiritual Nourishment

1 Peter 2:2–As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby.
As newborn babes–We are newborn, spiritual babes when we are born of the Spirit of God.

Desire the sincere milk of the word–We are to have a longing for and a craving for the milk of the word of God.
1. Sincere–This means that the word of God does not deceive or mislead anyone.
2. The milk of the word–This means the basic, simple things of God’s word that are easy to receive and to digest.

That you may grow thereby–We must feed on the word of God to receive spiritual nourishment so we will be spiritually strong and healthy. Feeding on the word of God produces spiritual growth by renewing our minds and transforming our lives.
1. We are to become spiritually mature–By using the word of God our senses are “exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14). We then are able to move on to the meat of the word of God which is a reference to the deep things of God. As we need physical food daily, we also need spiritual food daily. Let us not neglect getting into the word of God and
using it in our life.

The Joy Of The Lord Is Our Strength

Nehemiah 8:10–The joy of the Lord is your strength.
The Lord’s joy is our strength–His joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit which is to be manifest in our life (Galatians 5:22). It is “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). It is the inherent life of Jesus flowing into and through us that produces this joy in our lives. Jesus’ desire is for His joy to remain in us and that our joy might be full (John 15:11). The joy of the Lord is the strength that will help us through the day.
1. It is not your joy or my joy. It exceeds our joy and comes from the spiritual realm and not from the physical realm. It is not an earthly joy but a divine, heavenly joy. It is not based on outward things, but on what lies within. We can experience this joy even when there is no joy in the outward things.

“The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; (outward things), but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (inward things)  Romans 14:17.