1 Corinthians 9:26 Have Focused Running

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26

Running a race is something that takes more than just physical running. Those who are often a winner at running, have the ability to have focus.

At the beginning of the race, he has a focus on where the end goal is. As he is running, he is focused on his breathing and on his steps being made. Without a direct and constant focus, the runner will run aimlessly, wasting his time and losing the race.

Paul, in talking about going for a prize, said that he does not run aimlessly or just shadow box the air.

The walk of a believer is one that must have some focus in it. Just claiming to believe in Jesus and repenting of sins will not keep one on the right path with God.

It is sadly common that many believers claim to believe in Jesus, but will daily, purposefully walk in sin. Others have better focus, but allow themselves to stray into sinful practices on a regular basis on purpose.

In the end, the ultimate goal of a believer is to be more and more like Jesus every day, and to be holy as God is holy. God’s standard is one of perfection and He has given the believer everything he needs to attain it.

While running this race in this fallen world, this takes razor sharp focus. All around the believer there is sin ready to trap and destroy him. Yet, when focused, in front of him is the goal of being like Jesus and God’s holiness.

Staying in God’s word and hiding it in the heart, and continual praying will allow one to be led by His Holy Spirit so that he can run with focus in this life with a focus on God’s path for him.

You are in the race for your life. God has already given you everything you need to run that race. He is also giving you the strength and focus you need to finish it well.

Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the temporary things and sin of this fallen world. Focus all of your mind, strength and attention upon God and His goal for your life.

Keep running with focus to win the prize of life with God for eternity in heaven.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the path God has for your life; that you will be focused on what God has for you; that you will be more like Jesus every day; and that God will give you the strength to keep running the race He has you on.

Philippians 3:19 Description Of The Enemy

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. Philippians 3:19

The majority of the world live without God. They desire things for themselves with virtually no care or concerns for God or others.

On the outside surface the world appears to be doing well and making it. Everything appears to be going well and that they are successful. Evil men, and those with no regard for God, appear to be able to be in control and are winning the battles.

Paul just mentioned that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Now he describes them has having a goal of destruction, their selves as god, filled with shame, and their mind only upon earthly things.

When Jesus died upon the cross, it was not for selfish reasons but for others. He set an example of how those who follow Him should live their lives. The majority of the world stands against the cross and Jesus, because both stand against selfishness.

The goal of many is selfishness, which will always lead to destruction of others in order to build one’s self up. They feed on what satisfies them physically, while rejecting their spiritual needs. What the world finds as great and good is actually very shameful. Everything about the world is focused upon earthly, temporary things that will die and fade away.

There are some in the church that are living in that same way as an enemy of Jesus and His church, the believer. They strive to tear down believers with false lies and deception, attempting to destroy what God is building.

The true believer will focus on Jesus, God the Father and heavenly things. He will build others up in Christ, refuse to live in sin, and pull others away from sin.

Each day you live, you have a choice as to how you live. You must choose where your focus is. There are two places to put your focus on: the temporary, earthly things or on the eternal things of God and heaven.

If you choose to look at things and live as the world does, you will be an enemy of the cross of Christ. Rather choose to live for God. Live to have eternal life and bring as many others as possible with you into that eternal life with God.

Do not be an enemy of the cross of Christ inside the church.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your mind will be set upon the things of Christ; that your goal will be to serve God; that your glory will be found in Jesus; and that you will be His witness to all on this earth.

Romans 9:30-31 Pursue Righteousness By Faith, Not Law

What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Romans 9:30-31

People want to feel as if they can do the right thing all the time. They want to be known as a good person.

No one wants to be seen as a bad person, who is in the wrong. In order to combat the view of being bad, many will do good things to make themselves look good.

Paul points out that the gentiles had received righteousness by faith, not the law. The Israelites were unable to attain righteousness by following the law.

There are many believers who know the laws of God very well and push them on everyone. They stress that one must follow the laws of God to be a believer and be righteous and holy.

Following the law is man’s effort to look good before God. Once a person sins, he can never look good enough or be truly righteous before God.

The only way a person can become righteous and holy before God is by accepting what Jesus did on the cross. This acceptance is what faith does. It is faith in the works of Jesus, not self works.

However, this does not nullify the law. One must now pursue the law out of faith in Jesus. He must strive to be holy, not to gain righteousness, but because of what Jesus has already done. Jesus gives every believer in Him His righteousness and holiness.

Through faith one is made righteous, not through self work, following God’s law. Faith in Jesus must precede following the law. Following the law must always follow faith.

As you trust in and believe in the work of Jesus, you are saved. There is nothing more you can do to be saved more. This is faith in action. Once you are saved, you are given the righteousness of Jesus.

As a result of what He has done, pursue following God’s law and commands to you. Pursue the law out of love for what Jesus did for you, not in order to be righteous or better in God’s sight. Jesus has already done that work for you.

What is your reason for following God’s law? For righteousness or out of love?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in the works of Jesus; that you will love God with your actions; and that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus given to you.

Luke 13:32 No Stopping Under Threats

He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.'” Luke 13:32

Setting a goal is something that many people do. They have dreams of accomplishing something and set a goal to achieve it.

Although goals are commonly set, most do not reach their goals. Most hit some roadblock or difficulty and give up. Or the goal costs too much for them to continue to pursue it.

Some of the Pharisees suggested to Jesus that He leave the area because Herod wanted to kill Him. Instead of leaving, Jesus told them that He would continue to do what He does until He reaches His goal–death on a cross.

Every time a goal is set, there will also be some obstacles that a person must overcome. Every goal will come with some challenges to stay focused in order to reach the goal.

The ultimate goal Jesus had was to die upon the cross in order to give life to those who follow Him. Every believer must also have an ultimate goal in his life. That goal is to die to self so that he may live for Christ.

Doing the work of God upon this earth is the beginning of dying to self. Every day God presents opportunities for the believer to do His work upon this earth.

As these opportunities arise, there will always be challenges to accomplishing them. Satan and the world will be out to kill the believer, either physically or mentally. They do not want the believer to succeed.

Yet, each believer must be determined to continue to do God’s work until that goal is met. He must die to self and be a witness to as many people as possible, as he becomes more like Jesus each day.

God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. You must determine in your heart that you will not give up or stop short of that goal.

When this fallen world puts obstacles in your way or threatens your life, keep going forward. Do not let threats of the enemy stop you from what God has for you.

Keep doing the work God places before you day by day and reach that goal.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will do the work God has for you; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.