Saturday, December 10, 2016

Are you in the RACE?

To follow Jesus Christ is
a walk, a journey, a race, and we have to walk, journey, race, in
such a way as to reach our destination, to enter into the kingdom of
heaven. We have to compete in the race in such a way as to win the
prize, which is eternal life.
The Apostle Paul wrote
about this race in 1 Corinthians chapter 9: 24 "Do you not know
that those who run in a race, all run, but only one receives the
prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in
the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to
receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore i run
in such a way as not without aim; I box in such a way as not beating
in the air, but I discipline my body and I make it my slave, so that,
after i have preached to others, i myself will not be disqualified."
To follow Jesus Christ
with the expectation of winning the prize of eternal life in the end,
means that we have to enroll for that race, and we have to compete;
we have to run that race in accordance with the rules. We have to
obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have to live according to the
words of Jesus Christ, and we need to be led by the Holy Spirit. We
have to follow His guidance every step of the way, to find the way to
enter into His kingdom. Most professing Christians have not ever
entered that race. They do not know about the race, they have not
heard about it. Most of them just believe that they are saved. They
believe they have finished the race and they are waiting for the
prize, while they have never competed. They do not understand that we
have to, like Apostle Paul said, run the race with endurance until
the end. We have to follow Jesus Christ until the end. Jesus said
those who endure until the end will be saved.
Most professing Christians
do not follow Jesus; they follow church, they are sitting in church
and celebrating the victory, and they have never competed in the
race. They have never walked the walk, they have never gone on their
journey with Jesus Christ, they are not running the race with
endurance. They do not know Jesus Christ, they never received the
Holy Spirit, and they do not follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
They have a church, and a pastor, and they have Bibles, and they are
deluded; they believe that they have salvation but they've never
entered the race.
You enter the race by
becoming born again of the Spirit of God; and to be born again, you
need to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. You must repent, be baptized
in water, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. You have to go after
Jesus every day and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You have
to walk with Him, not with the Bible, not with the church, not with a
pastor, not with other believers; they cannot help you. The only one
who can guide you is Jesus Christ Himself, His Holy Spirit dwelling
in you. Most believers do not have the Holy Spirit. They have an
illusion of salvation, and they will be sorely disappointed when
Jesus says to them: "Go away I never knew you." They never
enrolled for the race, they never qualified, they were never born
again, they never started walking the walk, they never started
following Jesus Christ.
Dear friend, are you in
the rice? Are you following Jesus Christ every day" Or are you
sitting in church? Do you have false security of salvation, while you
never entered the race, you never started following Jesus Christ?
Wake up, dear friend, seek Jesus now. Enter the race, comply with His
requirements. Obey Him, be baptized in water be filled with the Holy
Spirit, and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit everyday, or else
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven, you will not win the prize.
The prize is for overcomers, for those who follow Jesus Christ and
endure with Him until the very end.
Are you in the race?
May Jesus bless you.

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