Wednesday Night Youth service. Jason Denning.
RUNNING THE RACE:
“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; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV
Sin can hold us back but there are hindrances that slow us up.
SO YOU WANT TO GET INTO THE RACE.
What race will you be in? The rat race, or the Lords marathon.
PREPARING FOR THE RACE:
Is this choice I am about to make be good for my soul?
Is your home life and church life inseparable?
Give it all, God does not want just parts of out heart.
WHAT WILL BE YOU OBSTACLES:
Sin will come your way, but also watch out for things that are hinderances.
Hinderances will block your attention from God. Entertainment.
What are the fruitless things you do?
Think of all the things you could do for got and get to doing them. Push on.
There are weights and sins that easily beset us. Sins that we keep falling into.
There are sins in our lives that tangle us from running the race to the best of our ability.
We pick up so much baggage in life that we are weighted down to the point that we can't run.
We grow tired and only want to sit and relax. We become lazy, lousy Christians.
Ask your self, What is taking your time away from the Lord?
HOW WILL YOU RUN THE RACE:
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
How will you run the race for the Lord?
Have you lost sight of the prize?
It's not a sprint, it's to the finish.
WHAT IS THE PRIZE YOU ARE RUNNING FOR?
We need to look towards Christ.
He is our end goal, don't stop when things get tough, keep running.
Don't give up.
Don't give in.
Don't lose focus.
Take time today to ask God what junk you have in your life that can be laid aside, if you don't you might get bogged down. Ask God to scan your heart and find the hindrances in your life.
Ask God to help you to be a support for the brothers and sisters around you. Lord make my heart soft for you.
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