Friday, December 11, 2009

Running "The Race"

Hello, I am new at this so you all will have to bear with me a little bit. The other day I was listening to a sermon by Norm Wakefield, The founder, I believe, of the Spirit of Elijah ministries. He preached this sermon at a convention for young adults and their parents. The name of the sermon is "Run to Win" and it is from the "Teenager 101" set. My prayer is that God would show you, through me, what He showed me.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27(KJV)
" 24 Know ye not that they run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that you may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we are in corruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air. 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."

In verse 24 Paul tells that we have a race to run. This is of course an allegory for our lives. In 25, 26, and 27 he tells us that many people are in it for a prize. It is like a runner who's sponsor is known but not by everyone(God) and that racer when he wins only glorifies himself and makes no mention of his sponsor. If you were a runner how would you represent your sponsor? Would you not mention his name or would you let everyone know what he did for to help you get where you are?

Mr. Wakefield said that lots of people take this "race" as if it were a 100m sprint when in all actuality this "race" is a LAP race. The different phases in your life are the laps. One of the most important laps in this "race" is the teenage years. The decisions you make as a young adult effect the outcome of the "race".
As I was saying before about our sponsor, Our purpose in life is to bring glory to God no matter what, even if that means, we leave everything behind for God's reasons not ours.
The question is, how are you running "The Race"? How am I running "The Race"? And during this "race" do we just pass other racers who are struggling and tripping on themselves without falling ourselves? THINK about it.

Lord, help us. We know that we can't do it without you. Lord, help us to glorify you in this "race" of life. Help us to take this "race" a lap at a time instead of taking it at a dead sprint. Lord, I thank you that you never give up on us and that you never want us to stay the same. We love you, Lord, and we are thankful of your mercy and love towards us even though we are unworthy of it. I pray that this word would fall on good soil. Thank you, Lord, for giving me the words to say. Thank you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace always.
Sammy(The Slim-Jim) Sellers