Friday, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016: Staying in the Race

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 71  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Steve Green stirringly that great Christian song, Find Us Faithful,… declaring, in song, the heritage of faithfulness we have as Christ’s disciples to finish the race of life with a never quit attitude. … And in this video, note the blind pianist, Gordon Mote, accompanying Steve Green with a great testimony of faithfulness of his own. And WITH THIS LINK hear Gordon Mote singing, Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory … running this race we call life.

Highlight Passage:  Hebrews 12:1-2 [NKJV] …    
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
 … So, we run the race of life to the finish line and to join our Lord in glory.
Highlight Context – Hebrews 12:1-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God’s Author of Hebrews exhorts Christians to stay in the race to the glorious finishing line.

Reference Passage #1 - 1st Corinthians 9:24-27 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Another Pauline exhortation to run the race of life to receive the crowns from Jesus in glory.

Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 3:13-14 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Keeping our eyes on His prize as we run the race we call life.

Reference Passage #3 - 2nd Timothy 4: 7 [NKJV] …  
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 
… At the end Paul declares his “NEVER QUIT” attitude.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dennis Fisher, uses a great 20th Century female athlete to illustrate the attitude we all should have, as Christians, running the race we call life. He wrote … In 1952 Florence Chadwick attempted to swim 26 miles from the coast of California to Catalina Island. After 15 hours, a heavy fog began to block her view, she became disoriented, and she gave up. To her chagrin, Chadwick learned that she had quit just 1 mile short of her destination. … Two months later Chadwick tried a second time to swim to Catalina Island from the coast. Again a thick fog settled in, but this time she reached her destination, becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. Chadwick said she kept an image of the shoreline in her mind even when she couldn’t see it. 

The Apostle Paul, in a number of his epistles, often used the word picture of an athlete running a race to describe the attitude Christians should have about living the life of a Christian disciple. So, I hope any fellow disciple of Christ, reading with me here, would take the time to take in all of Paul’s scriptural exhortations above for us to follow his lead in running our race as well as the two linked songs, which exhort us all to keep on keeping on in running the race to win the prize Christ has waiting for us in glory with Him.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … As Gordon Mote sings above, Lord, … don’t let me miss the glory as I run this race of life in Your Name and for Your glory. … Amen  

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