The Bible compares the Christian life to a race, a marathon. It’s not a sprint but a marathon. Endurance is required to finish the race. God gives us amazing tools to run the race of life. Without these tools, you cannot run the race well, and you might not even finish the race.
THE AMAZING RACE
Message by Todd Lester – February 28, 2016
THE AMAZING POWER OF FAITHFULNESS
Hebrews 12:1 And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2 Corinthians 4:1-18
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (NIV)
1. I MUST REMEMBER THAT GOD LOVES ME
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.
1 Corinthians 15:10 For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
2. I MUST MAINTAIN A CLEAR CONSCIENCE
2 Corinthians 4:2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
Proverbs 10:9 People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.
1 Timothy 1:19 …keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
3. I MUST HAVE THE RIGHT MOTIVATION
2 Corinthians 4:5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2 Corinthians 4:11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (NIV)
4. I MUST ACCEPT MY LIMITATIONS
2 Corinthians 4:7 …we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
5. I MUST LOVE OTHER PEOPLE
2 Corinthians 4:15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
6. I MUST TAKE TIME TO RECHARGE
2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (NIV)
7. I MUST KEEP MY EYE ON THE GOAL
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
2 Corinthians 11:23-28 I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.
2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
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