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Jan. 7, 2014 11:40 a.m.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, tanned the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
The Lord reminds us of a great race and a great prize to be won:
Do you now know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a waythat you may win. And everyone who competes i themes exercises self control in all things. They then do it to reeve 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 the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. I Corinthians 9:24-27.
The Corinthian believers were very familiar with the Ishamanian Games, they were very similar to the Olympics. They were familiar wit the intensity of training that was involved. Necessary years of diligent and consistent training, as well as the six to eight hours spent daily to perfect their sport. This should remind us of the race that every believer is to run.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course,, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8.
These Scriptures use the symbol of these games to show us the deep truths of the Christian life. How much of our daily life is spent in preparing for the great "day of the Lord" in which we each will be rewarded by the great and righteous Judge of all the universe?
For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. II Corinthians 5:10.
Stop for a moment and consider what the "day of the Lord" will be like. What is our response to this day? will it be fear?/ Anticipation? Excitement? Dread? Or maybe a little of each? Make no difference what our feelings about this great "day" will be, it's obvious from Scripture that each passing day draws this eternal day closer. The race we are running is an eternal one; the prize we are running is an imperishable one.
How do we train for this great day? Paul gives us some suggestions.
1. Self control in all things. I Corinthians 9:25
Thie obviously invokes our thought life, our words, our actions, our attitudes. In regard to the Scripture Paul admonishes Timothy:
Study to show thyself approved unto God II Timothy 2:15
In regard to prayer Paul admonishes his friends:
Devote your self to prayer Colossians 4:2
In regard to sharing the Gospel, Paul admonished Timothy:
Preach the word; Be readying season and out of season. II Timothy 4:2
In regard to sharing the Gospel, Paul admonished Timothy:
Preach the word; Be ready in season and out of season. II Timothy 4:2
We prepare for that day by living this day to the fullest for His pleasure.
2. Love his Appearing. II Timothy 4:8
What a thought-provoking phrase, to "love his appearing." Jesus is coming back for His people. We prepare for the great and universal appearing by delighting in his daily appearing in the routine of our daily lives. Receive and enjoy His Love for you, the greater motivation will be to: Lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race that is set before is, fixing our eyes on Jesus… Hebrews 12:1,2
Chose to make some specific changes in our daily lifestyle so that on the Day of the Lord, we can win the gold!

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