Lawful Race.

Lawful Race.

Hebrews_12-28: Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Hebrews_12-28: Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Text:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye 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 an incorruptible.
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.

INTRODUCTION:
The Christian walk is likened to an athlete’s race in which there are many participants. The race is governed by certain rules. Christian race is such a race that must be run lawfully. We will use the athletic race to describe how we should live as Christians who are mindful of eternal prize.

An Athletic Race
Participants must be set for the race
They must be hale and hearty
They must wear light attires
They must keep to the lanes
They must not run to pull down fellow participants, etc

Christian Race
We cannot run this race with indecision in our heart
James 1:8
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

We must be spiritually minded and sound at all times
Romans 8:1
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Romans 8:5-6
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

We must lay down every weight that slow us down
Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

2 Timothy 2:4
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.

We must follow God’s leading at all times, do not act without command
Romans 8:14
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Acts 13:2
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

 

We must be careful not to pull down other believers through our lifestyles
Romans 14:17-21.
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

 

Conclusion:
Unless you run according to the rules of the race, you will not by any means win the prize. Empty service is not meant for you, strive to please the master and do away with all hindrances.

Thank You Jesus.

2-Timothy_4-7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith

2-Timothy_4-7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith

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