I am still slowly processing all I learned at the IF:gathering. Today I am trying to process the idea of IF I run then what? God spoke to me so many times that weekend. I am trying to listen carefully to hear where he wants me to start in my race towards a closer relationship with him.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Where am I in my race? Am I still stretching on the sidelines? Waiting at the starting line? Just beginning to run? In the thick of my race, holding a side cramp ready to give up? Near the finish line?
I often stand on the sidelines, hearing God’s instructions but not moving. Frozen with fear of what if’s.
Thinking about what lies ahead. Staling before walking to the starting line. Am I trying to talk myself out of even running? yes.
I begin to believe the lies Satan whispers into my ears. I am not good enough, I don’t know enough bible, I don’t have time, I am too tired, someone else will do it better. I lose faith in my ability.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Substance : noun
: the quality of being meaningful, useful, or important
Faith is what I lack, faith is what I forget. Faith is what often I am afraid of. Child-like faith is what I need.
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
In Jesus name I declare that I will not shrink back. I will not believe the lies that Satan tells me, In Jesus name I will fight with perseverance against the temptations and evil desires that I pass in my race.
So again where am I in my race?
I am trying to re-establish my childlike faith. I am deciding to be brave enough to obey God. I was built to run races for my God.
per Jennie Allen: “God wants to go crazy through us, this is our time, our leg of the race”
Today I chose loving others, obedience, to live by faith and run my race. Even if I do not know how long the race is, or the layout of the track, I will run, I will run for my God.
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