Press For The Mark

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 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. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 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.(Corinthians 9:24-27, King James Version) 

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 3:12-14, King James Version)

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.(Matthew 6:19-21, King James Version)

 

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Rough Roads, But Easy Goings

Below, are scriptures to meditate on while going through rough times. Thinking about past times when God has delivered and kept you through difficult times will help our faith to remain intact in our worship, obedience, and walk with The Lord.

John 16:33, KJV
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Romans 5:3-5, KJV
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 12:12, KJV
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.

Acts 14:22, KJV
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:35-39, KJV
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 7:4, KJV
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

1 Thessalonians 3:3-5, KJV
That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

Practicing Personal Prayer

One of the important features of the christian life is prayer. Without prayer, no Christian would be victorious in attempting to live godly in Christ. Therefore, a clear and complete understanding of prayer is vital.

The believer’s prayer will also begin with a desire. However, the believer’s desire must be pure. It can not be born out of covetousness. If it is, God may not grant the request.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3, KJV)

In addition to a pure desire, prayers have to be in line with God’s will (promise) for our lives in order to see our desire come to pass.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. (I John 5:14, KJV)

It is certain that if we ask according to His will, we will have what we ask for. We have a promise that we will receive the petition.

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (I John 5:15, KJV)

In order for this promise to be of effect, we must be aware of God’s will for our lives. Even though our motives and desire maybe pure, God may not honor our prayer. If this occurs, God will grant wisdom to understand why.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5, KJV)

Along with the proper desire and knowledge of God’s will, we must have faith in God.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. (James 1:6a, KJV)

Every desire presented to God has to be by faith. Without faith, we will frustrate our reception of our prayers.

Knowing God

Knowing The Lord for ourselves on a personal level should be ongoing in the life of a believer. There are some steps we should take in our personal walk with The Lord in order to become more mature in the knowledge of God and Jesus. Some of those steps are taking personal time in presenting ourselves to God through prayer and in the Word of God in His presence. Sometimes in prayer we should not always be doing all the talking, but to spend silence times in His presence.

By way of Holy Spirit, God reveals Himself to us when we spend time with Him constantly. The spirit of God’s love, integrity, and faithfulness will become more real and personal in our time in His presence. As we spend more time in His presence, our understanding of God’s Word, will, and faith increases and becomes more clearer. As believers, let us continue to take time out to be in the presence of The Lord for the edification of ourselves as well as for the work, submitting and doing God’s will, and for the edification of the Body of Christ.

Clean Up!

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1, KJV)

As believers of Jesus, we must make sure that we are living everyday in The Lord. When sometimes it seems like we are not getting any where in The Lord is because we are not considering enough of what God would have us to do. Praying, reading the Word, and mediation play major parts in our walk with Him. If these things are not done in our lives, then the only thing that is left is our flesh or carniality that would get us in trouble or hinder us. Therefore, we should deny ourselves of those things that are contrary to our walk with The Lord. This is why we are not seeing some real manifestions of the Holy Spririt in our lives because of the carnality that sits in the way of recieving and hearing from God. Therefore, remember The Lord and stay focus on Him and do His will.