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There are so many things in life that are distracting to our walk with The Lord. Each day we have the opportunity to lose heart, to get weary, & to quit.

Galatians 6:9

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

We must run the race nobly…

Nobly – courageous, bravely, gallantly, honorably, honestly, justly, fairly, respectably…

The only way to have these characteristic in your life is through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:8-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].

9 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.

10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].

Yield daily to the Holy Spirit who will led you & produce in you those characteristic that will allow you to endure to the end.

Run to win the Prize…

1 Corinthians 9:24

Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.

It is not by your human will or effort…

Romans 9:16

So then [God’s gift] is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God’s mercy. [It depends not on one’s own willingness nor on his strenuous exertion as in running a race, but on God’s having mercy on him.

Don’t let others hinder you…

Galatians 5:7

You were running the race nobly. Who has interfered in (hindered and stopped you from) your heeding and following the Truth?

So many times we let other people’s opinions, comments, & ways affect our lives. Although we are in this world we are not of this world. We are to walk in the light & not allow others to stop us or to hinder us from what God is doing in us.

As we walk in the Light God will bring us to a place where we are a light to others.

Be the light to others & don’t let your labour be in vain…

Daily we influence someone else. Sometime for good & sometimes for bad. We not only run the race for ourselves but we need to help others across the finish line. There are many in life that have given up & quit. We need to be alert for opportunities that we can encourage them, pick them up, or carry them across the finish line if need be….

There are many stories where many were running a race & someone fell, soon the crowd watches while another runner stops & goes back to help the fallen runner across the finish line. That is what we need to do. It is not about who gets across the finish line first, we need to help as many as possible to make it.

What about across the denominational lines? Why do we not help our brother & sister in The Lord. We all are working for the same Lord & for the same reason…to reach souls for the Kingdom. Why do we shun or over look another because we have our own thing going, even though working together would reach even more souls?

Let not your labour be in vain.

Philippians 2:14-16

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Remember others who went before you….

We have so many examples in the bible & in life of those who have fought the good fight of faith. Their testimony encourages us to press on, to go forward, to fight the good fight, & to finish the race.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us…

So let’s lay aside our differences, help one another, & run this race. Pick up others along the way, stay in the race, & endure until the end. Too hard is not a reason to quit…

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Colossians 1:4

Amplified Bible (AMP)

For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [[a]the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]…

 When we were born again it was through faith in Christ Jesus. This faith continues as we lean our whole life to Him. Our entire human personality on Him. 

 Each day we have the opportunity to react to situations, either in the flesh (old nature) or react through our absolute trust & confidence in His power, in His wisdom, & in His goodness. 

 It is important that we surrender our entire personality to Him. We all have special talents, a special way of looking at the world, & a special way we interact with others. We should never let a person control or change who God has made us. He doesn’t want us to be clones of one another. 

 But we need to let God be in control of who we are. Our personality & our character need to be in subjection to the control of the Holy Spirit. 

 Personality – visible aspect of ones Character (collection of qualities) sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, & social characteristics. 

What is visible to others reveal our Character. These qualities our the sum total of the outflow of our physical, our mental, our emotional, & our social characteristics. 

 Our personality reflects what is inside us. Everyday we have a choice to let our emotions & thoughts be run by the flesh or by the Spirit. 

 Our personality should reflect His character. 

 Sometimes things come up and we start getting emotional about the situation, then we react to that situation. We might start yelling at someone or say things we regret later. But we justify that by saying well we are just human. 

 Let me talk to women right now, we have that time of the month and it makes us crabby, so we take it out on others, this should not be. We need to let God control our bodies, our minds, and our actions. We do not need to let the world make these actions acceptable. 

 There are so many things that go on around us and we just go along with them because that it the way it is. No that is not the way God wants us to be. 

 Colossians 2:6

Amplified Bible (AMP)

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.

 We need to regulate our lives and conduct ourselves in union with & conformity to Him, not this world. 

 Examine yourself today and see if you are letting others, the world, & your old nature rule  your life or our you letting God control your whole personality. 

 Romans 6:12-13

Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions.

13 Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and [a]faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and [b]faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.

 Offer and yield yourselves to God daily. Each day surrender your personality, your Character, your whole being to the one who died for you. The one who changes you into His image. Do not let others & the world change you into their image. 

 Father each day we have opportunity to yield to one thing or another, give us wisdom & strength to be who you called us to be. Show us who we are in you. Open our eyes & understanding to the fullness of who we are in You. As events happen in our lives let us be quick to respond through our new life in You & through our new nature. Remind us each day we have the help of the Holy Spirit to carry out all Godly reactions. He is forming us into the image of your dear Son. Thank you Father for not leaving us alone in this world. As we react properly that brings Glory to you and that is our hearts desire today Lord, to give you glory, honor, & praise. In Jesus Name…AMEN…

 

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Your Past does not determine your future.

 We all have some kind of past that we are not too happy about. There are things that come to mind and remind us who we were. We do not have to act on those memories. Don’t let what has happened to you define who you are. 

 The promises of God are greater than my character flaws. All those things that are in me that are opposite of God’s character do not have to stay and do not have to determine what I am today. 

 The promises of God is greater than the confinements of your past. What ever you have been or where you have come from is not a determinate of your future.

 Don’t let anything or anyone else but God determine the boundaries of your life…Don’t let anything or anyone else but God determine the boundaries of who you will be or what you will accomplish in life…. (Claude Houde)

 Acts 17:26-28

New King James Version (NKJV)

26 And He has made from one blood[a] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

 You have been chosen by God…

 1 Peter 2:9-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

God is in control of your life. He is working in you and through you. Don’t trust in yourself or in man. 

MHC – That in him we live, and move, and have our being, Acts 17:28. We have a necessary and constant dependence upon his providence, as the streams have upon the spring, and the beams upon the sun. 

He has a plan for you. We need to depend on he providence. 

providence |ˈprävədəns; -ˌdens|

the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power 

• ( Providence) God or nature as providing such care 

  • timely preparation for future eventualities

Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) 

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

MHC – He that in the beginning finished the heavens and the earth, and all the hosts of both, will finish all the blessings of both to his people. When he begins in ways of mercy he will make an end. God does nothing by halves. (2.) He will give them to see the expectation, that end which they desire and hope for, and have been long waiting for. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, nor the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith, the end which he has promised and which will turn for the best to them. 

Romans 8:28 (AMP) 

28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Be lifted up today…Have Faith, Hope, & Peace in knowing that God is working in you and will continue to work in you until Christ be formed in you. Do not let your past form you, let what Jesus did and is doing form you. 

Philippians 1:6 (AMP) 

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

He will continue developing and perfecting you…He is not done with me yet….Praise God!!! He is not done with you yet. Look to Him for today and for your future. Let Him change you. Let Him change your memories. Don’t let go of these promises. Hold on to them. 

2 Corinthians 10:4-6

New King James Version (NKJV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Cast down every thought, every memory, everything that tries to come up against what God has done for you and is doing in you. 

Say right now:

“No matter what scares are on me, God’s promises are greater….”

 What Satan means for evil, God will turn around for good….

You are His child. You are in His Hands. Let Him comfort you and change you today!!!!!

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Colossians 1:4

For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness and of the love which you have and show for all the saints God’s consecrated ones…

Leaning of your entire personality… 

Absolute trust

Absolute confidence

In His Power

In His Wisdom

In His Godness

Personality – visible aspect of ones character (collection of qualities) sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, & social characteristics…

Our personality should reflect His character…

Colossians 1:3-6 (PHILLIPS) | Whole Chapter

We thank God for you and pray constantly for you

3-6 I want you to know by this letter that we here are constantly praying for you, and whenever we do we thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because you believe in Christ Jesus and because you are showing true Christian love towards other Christians. We know that you are showing these qualities because you have grasped the hope reserved for you in Heaven—that hope which first became yours when the truth was brought to you. It is, of course, part of the Gospel itself, which has reached you as it spreads all over the world. Wherever that Gospel goes, it produces Christian character, and develops it, as it had done in your own case from the time you first heard and realised the amazing fact of God’s grace.

Wherever that Gospel goes, it produces Christian character, and develops it…

It produces Christ like Character….

Colossians 2:6

As you have therefore received Christ, even Jesus the Lord, so walk regulate your lives and conduct yourselves in union with and conformity to Him.

Romans 8:29 (KJ21)

29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…

 

OH My God that they may know You & Your Character, and that You change not. Show them that you are merciful, gracious, long suffering, & abundant in goodness & truth. A God who is slow to anger & abundant in love, that You are love. (compassionate nature) 

 

These are just a few characteristics that we are to have in our lives, because they are characteristics of Christ…

 

As we place our faith in what Jesus did at the Cross, the Holy Spirit begins to work in us to conform us to the image of Jesus. Our personality then will show the character of Christ to others and in all circumstances. We will think like Jesus, walk like Jesus, talk like Jesus, have compassion like Jesus…We will be changed!!! We will not be as the world… We will not walk in our old nature, but our new nature will be reflected in all we do and in all we are….

 

KNOW, RECKON, YIELD

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Our personality should reflect His character!!!

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2Cor 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

 

2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always caught us to triumph in Christ…

 

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

Phil 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

Daily we come across things in life that try to define our identity. There are so many outward influences that could affect who we are. Daily we need to walk a life unaffected by those influences. Know who you are in Christ. You are not defined by friends, family, or jobs. God uses people and circumstances to make us more like Christ. The key is to be more like Christ, not things or people. If we get our identity in those things and those things are gone, who are we? 

This is when the struggle comes… Who are we???

 

  1. 1 Timothy 1:18
    [ Fight the Good Fight ] This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
  2. 1 Timothy 6:12
    Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
  3. 2 Timothy 4:7
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

1 Corinthians 15:30-32

 

30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily

1 Corinthians 9:27
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

 

Hebrews 12:2
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.

 

Dance like no one is looking

Sing like no one can hear

Love like you never hurt before

Live like there is nothing to fear

 

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Today is the day of….

 

So many times we are either looking back or planning for the future. We have made mistakes in the past & live back there. We question if we can make it past those mistake. We feel defeated & let fear of failure stop us from moving forward. 

 

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

 

2  Cor 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

 

Rev 10:12 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:

 

Ps 95:7 

7 For he is our God;

and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice…

 

In Him you can be victorious…

You must believe and accept it all by faith…

Not by your good works, but because of what Jesus did at the Cross….

God wants us to spend time with Him now.  Trust Him now.

 

Father I need you today… Give me wisdom to walk with you today and to take the steps that will make me strong in you. Help me to overcome all my fears. I know I am your child and you want good things for me. Help me to walk in that truth. You are my only hope… You know the deepest parts of me. Forgive me for being lazy and distracted with lives daily activities. 

 

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

 

Isaiah 43:1

now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.

For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…

 

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