2010-02-05 - Serve God and Persevere
Until You Attain the Goal
This race analogy is continued in reading 1 Corinthians 9:23-25.
1 Corinthians 9:23-25
We must show up for practice everyday or you're already defeated and then when that shot is fired run. Run with all that you have in you. Use all of your knowledge of racing to run as well as you can run. If you run to come in second you will never finish first. Run to come in first.
Knowing without doing is like plowing without sowing.
Many believe certain things because they don't study the word first. They just process or listen to studies of the word. Then what is applied is wrong and the next person learns from that application until the truth is lost. It's ok to believe a preacher or teacher but you should always keep in mind that even the greatest men of God can make mistakes. they are human just like us. use the scripture to test what men may say. if words of a man disagree with God's word the man is always wrong.
My preacher and I may not agree on every single issue, I know Dana and I don't agree on all things but we agree on the most important issue - salvation. It is given as a gift bought by the life and death of Jesus who rose again. Its not earned by anything we can do. That is the essence of all scripture. That is the single most important issue. And it will determine your eternal fate.
Maybe you have never accepted Jesus as your Savior. Accept him today. Just as New Year's Eve marks the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one. Let today be the end of your old life and the beginning of a new life in Jesus. Maybe you have accepted Jesus as your savior but you're not growing spiritually as you should let today be a new beginning for you as well. Make a renewed commitment to study and live by His teachings given to us in the Bible.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted