Fighting off security men, the son's head sometimes buried in his father's shoulder, they stayed in Derek's lane all the way to the end, as the crowd rose and clapped and wept. Derek didn't walk away with the gold medal, but he was a winner because he did His best.
My friends, from God's perspective, winning is not based upon being number one…We win when we do our best to please God.
That is exactly what this BLOG is about a message of GRACE for the RACE God has set before you. The writer of Hebrews says, “Therefore, since we are. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who .
We will never become a champion until we see ourselves as a champion. As Christians, we are champions and winners in the Lord. Listen…the Bible tells us how important we are. We are children of God. We belong to a royal family. Unfortunately, though, some people walk around looking and acting like failures. They live defeated lives because they do not value themselves. They believe they have to many flaws and imperfections for God to love them.
Have you ever noticed the pockmarks, or dimples, covering the surface of a golf ball? They make the ball look imperfect. So, what's their purpose? An aeronautical engineer who designs golf balls says that a perfectly smooth ball would travel only yards off the tee. But the same ball with the right kind of dimples will fly twice that far.
These apparent "flaws" minimize the ball's air resistance and allow it to travel much further. Most of us can quickly name the physical characteristics we wish we had been born without. It's difficult to imagine that these "imperfections" are there for a purpose and are part of God's master design.
These apparent "flaws" minimize the ball's air resistance and allow it to travel much further. Derek didn't walk away with the gold medal, but he was a winner because he did His best. And He exercises that same care and concern for you today. Any advertisements seen on this site are placed by Wordpress without my consent or approval. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near Hebrews Know and trust in what David knew, that your God is pleased to bring to pass all that He has promised to give to you. This islike walking in the opposite side of grace.
Yet, when the psalmist wrote of God's creative marvel in the womb, he said to the Lord, "You formed my inward parts Psalm and "Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed vs. Then he said, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" v.
If we could accept our "flaws" and "imperfections" as part of God's master plan for us, what a difference it would make in our outlook on life. The "dimples" we dislike may enable us to bring the greatest glory to our wise and loving Creator, who knows how to get the best out of our lives.
What I am trying to say is this…To win the Christian race, we must run with confidence self worth …we must value ourselves…understand that we are special to God…we are worth a lot to Him…because we are His children. Sure, we all have some "flaws" and "imperfections", however, we cannot let these things get us down, for we are valuable to God.
When we start valuing ourselves the way God values us… then we will be on fire for the Lord. We will live passionate spiritual lives and will be on our way to winning the Christian race. Why do we want to be a Christian? Why should we live our lives for God and follow His will?
These are all excellent reasons to want to live our lives for God. To Paul, the greatest thing in all the world was the grace of God, the fact that God loved him so much…that God forgave his terrible sins…that God allowed him to follow and serve His son…that God allowed him to proclaim the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All that Paul was and all that Paul did was by the grace, the undeserved favor of God. As he himself declared: "by the grace of God I am what I am. A big motivating factor that should inspire us to live good Christian lives…to run the Christian race… is the grace of God. What is the grace of God? Simply…the Bible says that "the wages of sin is death" Rom.
When we sin, we deserve death because sin is an offense against God and must be punished. However, God had a plan to help us be forgiven of our sins. God, mercifully sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to take away our sins. Paul says, "God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Rom.
Because of our sins, we deserve spiritual death. However, Jesus died in our place so that we may live forever.
Jesus gave His life to give us life. On August 16, , Northwest Airlines flight crashed just after taking off from the Detroit airport, killing people. One survived: a four-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, named Cecelia. News accounts say when rescuers found Cecelia they did not believe she had been on the plane. Investigators first assumed Cecelia had been a passenger in one of the cars on the highway onto which the airliner crashed. But when the passenger register for the flight was checked, there was Cecelia's name. Cecelia survived because, even as the plane was falling, Cecelia's mother, Paula Chican, unbuckled her own seat belt, got down on her knees in front of her daughter, wrapped her arms and body around Cecelia, and then would not let her go.
Nothing could separate that child from her parent's love—neither tragedy nor disaster, neither the fall nor the flames that followed, neither height nor depth, neither life nor death. Such is the love of our Savior for us. He left heaven, lowered himself to us, and covered us with the sacrifice of His own body to save us. We should live our lives for God because He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross to save us from our sins!
The grace…the undeserved love that He shows us should motivate us to run the Christian race with all of our hearts! In , Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer. But after four rounds of chemotherapy and two operations, Armstrong turned his setback into a comeback. Only three years after being diagnosed with life-threatening cancer, Lance Armstrong won one of sports' most grueling cycling events--the Tour de France. In our lives, we will experience setbacks…some setbacks may be emotional and some may be physical and some may be spiritual.
That is exactly what this BLOG is about.
This race you have been called to run by God is not to be run alone. As Paul Tripp recently told our congregation, our race of faith is a community project. Make no mistake: the Bible knows nothing of the solitary saint. Here are just a sampling of the verses in Scripture which exhort us to stay in company with other believers:.
By the grace of God, I am looking forward to seeing you at the finish line. Jesus has already secured your place in His kingdom. If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, God sees Jesus when He looks upon you—just as if you had never sinned. Washed clean in the shed blood of the Lamb of God, there is nothing you can do that will separate you from the love of God see Romans Your best days do not cause God to love you more, and your worst days do not cause God to love you less. Grace for the Race.