​Conditions by Which we Run Prt.2

4. We are to Lay Aside every weight and sin that easily limits us from running this Race Heb.12:1. This would include, weights of fears and anxieties that slows us down from running the race of faith in its fullest dimension. The sins of unbelieve Rom.14:23 and walking in the flesh rather than in the Spirit. This, Paul referred to in 1Cor.9:17 when he said, I keep my body under and bring it into subjection, Paul was saying that He kept his body under by walking in the Spirit Rom.8:13, 13:14 & Gal.5:16, because when you walk in the Spirit; following after the Spirit of Grace, you cannot fulfil the lust of the flesh. Thus Paul said sin shall not have dominion over you because you are not under the law but under Grace. As we yield to the Holy Spirit He empowers us over sin because we are under the Grace of God Rom.6:14 which teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, thus teaching us to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world Tit 2:12. This Grace accomplishes all these in us,  not by our own strength but by stirring us to yield to the Spirit of Grace.

Weights and sins slows down our pace in the race, but rather than focusing on the sin, we are to focus on Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our Faith Heb.12:2, who works in us both to will and do of His good pleasure Phil.2:13. As we expose ourselves to him without holding back, irrespective of our shortcomings, sins and weights would loose their grip over our lives, because it is the perfection of Jesus that swallows up every imperfection and shortcoming in and around our lives, making us bearers of good fruits unto righteousness John15:3-5 & Phil.1:11

5. We are to Run the Race with Patience- Heb.12:1 “… 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”

It is through Faith and Patience you obtain the promise. If you run a 100metre race for instance and at 50metres you get tired of running, and quit; you have not obtained anything by so doing, rather you just gave up, as you didn’t reach the finish line. But when you focus on the finisher of your faith, (who is Jesus Christ our ultimate prize Heb12:2), with patience and you run the race of Faith, you are sure to get to the finish line and you are sure to obtain the promise. For His strength would perfect you and bring you through. Thus we are advised to be followers of them who through faith and patience obtained the promise Heb.6:12, because their secret was in looking to Jesus, the one who could never fail Rom.4:16-21

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C​onditions by Which we Run

Now that we have identified the Christian race as the Faith Race. It is important to understand the terms and conditions in this race, in other to have better understanding of the Spirit inspired words of Paul’s in 1Cor.9:24-28 .
1. The Faith Race draws assurance, hope and certainty from the Mercies of God and faithfulness of God- Heb.20:23, 11:11 & Rom.9:16 “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth Mercy”. This Faith race cannot stand alone, rather it relies and depends heavily on the sure (faithful) mercies of God through Jesus Christ to us, because without the mercy of the Lord, we can run without obtaining the promise but through the mercies of God to us in Christ Jesus we are sure to obtain the promise by focusing our faith on His unconditional Mercy towards us Rom.9:22-26 & 11:6-7. For Faith draws strength and assurance from the Mercy of God.

2. You are to run well by obeying the Truth about the Gospel of Grace in Christ Jesus Gal.5:7-“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”. How do you know this is true? Well, Paul said it all in Gal.5:1 when He said, “standfast in the liberty wherein Christ has made you free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”  

Thus by this admonition we see that Paul was setting the pace for us to understand the pattern and ways we are expected to run the christian race different and separate from the old testament which was heavily dependent on the work of the law. Making it rather obvious that this race is heavily dependent on your obedience to Grace as we see in the succeeding verses of Gal.4: 2-7. Interestingly Gal.1:6-7 & 3:1-3 establishes this truth over and again.

3. We are to run well by holding fast the Word of Life(the words of Grace by Christ Jesus John 6:63 & 68) in sincerity and Truth Phil.2:12-16. 1Tim. 1:5 emphasizes the place of faith unfeigned 1Cor.5:7-8. Thus holding fast to the word of life 2Ti 1:13. Jesus is the one who has the words of life, thus paying attention to Him in His word, boosts our faith. Empowering us to run the faith race well with all sincerity and truth without falsehood. 

To be continued…

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Is the Christian Walk a Race? Prt.2

1Cor.9:24 (KJV) Know ye not that they      which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

Paul according to 1Cor.9:24-28 was explaining the need to go all out in faith, setting ourselves against the flesh, in order to gain mastery of our Christian walk, obtaining the very things that has being prepared for us by God to richly enjoy from this earth unto heaven. For we see the elders all through the old testament obtain a good report in their lives through faith Heb. Heb.11:1-2, 32-33. 

Thus, we now understand that Paul was referring to the race of Faith, which was focused on obtaining the inheritance of God; which is, receiving the promise which God had prepared for us since the foundation of the world through Christ Jesus.

For the Christian life is a faith walk,  focused on Jesus and His word. Requiring that we strip ourselves of all the unnecessary weight of carnality (of self, doubt, fear and unbelieve) that so easily besets). Thus we run the race with one purpose in mind; that we may obtain Gods very best for our lifes. Seeking to obtain all that Jesus came to give us and even beyond our wildest imaginations.

We see more light shed on this truth in 1Tim.6:12 with Paul saying, “fight the good fight of Faith; lay hold on eternal life.”(see also 2Tim.4:7). He was referring to the power of Faith, in other to lay hold on the promises of God, not by competition but by faith. 

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Is the Christian Walk a Race?

​1Cor.9:24  Know ye not that they      which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

In the light of the truth of Gods unconditional love for us, Paul wasn’t talking about a competition when He said “Run that you may obtain”. For he had already said in 2Cor.10:

 12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

For the spirit of competition is not of God but from the devil. For Joel by the Spirit in Joel2:7 spoke of the endtime saints of God (who we are) saying:

  7.  They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

  8.  Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

This graphically displays what Paul summarized in 2Cor.10:12, when He said those who measure or compare themselves with others are not wise because it is God who bestows to everyman the measure which He has to work with, thus no man can stretch Himself beyond His/her given measure, so that no man can boast before God in His own effort rather everyone owes whatsoever they have to God 2Cor.10:12-17. 

Therefore, in the light of this truth, we should realize that the race Paul was speaking of in 1Cor. 9:24 which says: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” is NOT the race of competition, rather it is the race to obtain i.e. receive what God has already prepared in store for each one of us in the Body of Christ.

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The Love We Have

The Love you don’t first receive by Faith you can’t pour out to others because you can Never give what you don’t have. Apostle John speaking in 1John 4:16(KJV) says:

  16  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

The Lord desires that we first know the Love He has for us, then believe it. For it is in our believing His Love fpr us, that we can receive it and be filled with All the fullness of God; being empowered to act on it Eph.3:17-19. We are to come to the realization of His unfailing loving-kindness towards us, and this should inform our thoughts and expectation of Him towards us, rather than the thoughts of fear, judgement and condemnation. Thus He says He has not given us the Spirit of fear but the Spirit of Power, Love and a Sound Mind; for perfect Love casts out fear 2Tim.1:7 & 1John4:18.

Thus from the position of Love we are to interpret scriptures because Love is who God is 1John4:8 and the heart and motive in which He speaks to us is Grace. Thus His heart; that is the base of everything He speaks to us is from the heart of Grace manifest by His love for us.

So, are you sad today, feeling lost and dejected? Or is your life seemingly complex that you don’t think you can give out anymore love to others? Take heart in His Love for you today; study it, feed on it, meditate on His Love and go on to receive it by fath into your heart and life.  Then, you would reap the unlimited divided of His love shining and flowing through you even to others when you least expect it, because in Him your love tank is ALWAYS full.

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​When Last Have you Listened to the Winds

Have you ever beings to the fields where you’ve gotten still and listened in to the environment around you long enough to be able to reminiscence and enjoy the diverse peaceful sounds around you?
In such quiet moments, have you Listened to the the rustling of the leaves, the swaying of the trees, the chirping of the birds, and the hissing of the breeze which brings calm to your bodies and a stillness to our souls. Still beyond all the euphoria, it brings us face to face with the wonders and beauty of God. The beauty that surrounds us in those beautiful moments, draws our minds in to one thing alone: the creator of the universe. This realization, locks our minds on the one who created heaven and earth; who also sent His son to redeem it. The God who gave us His Holy spirit to dwell within us, to guide us and lead us into All truths, He is God. 

This Holy Spirit, is the revealer of secrets to our spirits, leading us in the way to go. He is the one, who was spoken of by Jesus saying “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and.  whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” John 3:8. Again Rom 8:14 reveals that “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. 

You see listening to the Spirit is like listening to the winds. You don’t see the Holy Spirit but you can hear him and as you listen in to give attention to what He is saying. You would be surprised to realise that He speaks truth in it purest form, backed with scriptures you never knew had such truth embedded in them because He is the revealer of secrets and truths.

The Holy Spirit guides us into ALL truths without fail John14:17, 15:26-27 & 16:13-15 and when we make the bold choice to follow Him, we become just as the winds ourselves. I Once had the revelation John3:8 that as we follow the leading o the Holy Spirit we are like the wind meaning our presence would be undeniable yet we are untouchables. For as the wind is invisible yet its impact undeniable, so are we. Thus when the enemy tries to catch us we slip right through his hands. for instance who can catch a vapour? no one, because its an illusion to even think so. For the moment you think you’ve caught it, it suddenly disappears in your palms within seconds. That is the way it is in the Spirit; your presence is forceful like the wind, capable of moving seas and renting mountains yet unstoppable, untouchable and irresistible.

Are you burnt out on religion today, trying so hard to stay afloat through the turmoils of life? It doesn’t have to be this way, rather flick the switch on your Spirit unto the winds of the Spirit and let Him carry you on eagles wings. Let the lord teach you how to take a real rest and learn the unforced rhythms of Grace by following Him. for His rhythms speaks victory, Honour, Rest and Strength.

    Matt.11.28 – “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rend lightly.”

    Matt.11.29 – Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

    Matt.11.30 – Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (MSG. Translation)

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​ In Him the Toil is Finished

Now, Jesus came to abolish the law Rom.10:4, for the law had said every sinner must die Ezek.18:4&20 as death was the ultimate penalty to everyone who sinned after the old covenant order(a covenant made by God to man in other that man may see the glimpse of His kindness towards them). But God wasn’t satisfied with this as He wanted to show man His ultimate kindness and goodness pouring out all of Himself to man and bringing man back to His initial place in Him after the order of Isaiah 54. Thus this insatiable and infinitive desire of God, birth the finalization of the redemption plan of man through Jesus Christ; that anyone who believes in Him from then henceforth should not perish but have everlasting life(the Zoe, blessed life of God through Christ) John 3:16.

This therefore is made possible because, Jesus came for one final purpose(amongst so many others, but this was the crux of it all) to die the death of the cross so that the curse on all mankind could be reversed, destroyed and made ineffective where man is concerned Gal.3:13-14 translating man from the kingdom of the devil to His own marvellous kingdom Col.1:13 & 1Pet.2:9. Thus scriptures says for this purpose came the son of God, to destroy all the works of the devil Heb.2:14-15. This therefore reveals that Jesus liberated us all who through the fear of death were subject to bondage, by destroying the one who had the power of death who is the devil himself. This was the major accomplishment of Jesus for us.

For at the cross a covenant exchange took place, Jesus became us and took our place in death and hell. In covenant He represented us to the father as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God Heb.7:26, He died the death of a lamb without blemish at the cross 1Pet.1:18-20. He represented God to us and fulfilled the sacrifice of the covenant by taking away from us all our sins  2Cor.5:21and declaring it is finished. Thus setting the pace for our liberty Gal.5:1 free from all encumbrance of sin, toiling and death Rom.8:2. It was a great victory that discomfited the devil and all his hosts, making them paralysed unto our own victory in and by Christ Jesus Col.2:14-1. Thus because of this Heb.4 is a reality in our lives through and through if we can only believe!

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