Let the Race Begin for 2011

Today is not just any day, it’s the first one of the new year. I think there’s always something renewing about the first day of any new year. We set our sights on making resolutions to make improvements and it may go good for awhile, but most likely, we lose sight of our goals and fall behind in the race we started off running.

I have been pondering what my new year resolution might be. I would like to drop a few pounds and get more excersize, improve my outward body, but more importantly, I want to improve my inward man, my spiritual body, to be walking in accord with the Lord. The Scripture tells us that the outward man is perishing, but the spirit or inward man is imperishable when they are walking with Christ. This race I’m running is not the human ‘rat’ race as so many would describe it, mine is the race towards the goal which is heaven one day.

How do I get there? In Philippians chapter 3 it begins by telling us to ‘rejoice in the Lord’ no matter what the circumstance. This is simply to have joy for Christ, over and over and over again, joy and re-joy! There will be those in the world, the false teachers and preachers which Paul refers to as ‘dogs’ who will try and lie to you and knock you down. Satan, the enemy of God would love for every believer to stumble and fall away and will make every attempt to make that happen. This is why Paul tells us to ‘rejoice’ in the Lord, no matter what happens! It’s imperative to remain faithful to Christ and watch out who you allow to influence you in your race.

God’s church, (the people who believe) is separated from the world and the things of the world. What the world sees as valuable and needed, we see as foolish. None of these things will last forever and they certainly won’t save us unto salvation! It’s like ignoring the fact that you should have a life insurance policy in case something should ever happen. Well, it’s inevitable that something will happen sooner or later and since we don’t know when that is, how can we afford to ignore what is a fact? Some things can never be done over. Salvation is one of them.

Running a race of faith with Christ is exactly like that. The sooner you get in the race, the stronger you will be when the time does come to leave this world. To be in this race is to be assured that you have a one way invitation to heaven, a seat at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Anyone is welcome as long as they have received Christ into their heart, that’s the ticket!

This race can’t be run lazily, it’s not one that is on again and off again, it’s steady the whole time. It’s not about speed, just a need to finish! In life, only the athlete who trains and takes this seriously is the one that finishes the finish line and gets the prize. This race is no different. How many times have you remembered the loser? That’s my point. Only the strong survive this race.

If you have something in your life that is hindering you such as pride, offenses, unforgiveness, it’s time to get past them, let them go and forget what lies behind and press on toward the goal of heaven. Jesus Christ is that prize! If you love what God loves you will never stop running this race by faith. God gives us all gifts in which to use while we are running. God gives us gifts such as our time, our talents and our treasures, we don’t get these by our own good works or efforts. They are ours to share with others and bring them along in the race as well. Do you know someone who wants to get stronger this year, someone who needs Christ as their Lord and Savior in order to finish this race?

What’s the purpose of telling others about Christ? This is what Paul writes in Phil. 3:21; “He (Christ) will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”

To one day be resurrected into a glorious body that will never grow old, never have pain or disease is God’s promise! That is a prize I find most worthwhile and this year, I intend on running this race with more faith, how about you, won’t you join me???

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Do you know someone who wants to get stronger this year, someone who needs Christ as their Lord and Savior?

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Comments

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    Amen my friend~ well said!!

  • Got your running shoes on? Glad to have you by my side my sister!!!

    – vigor

  • Amir Saeed
    Amir Saeedalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful words…

  • Thanks Amir, happy new year!

    – vigor

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    I’m laced up & ready to go!

  • That’s wonderful, we’ll be running side by side!!!

    – vigor

  • LadyE
    LadyEalmost 4 years ago

    What inspiration you give to all of us….its a race I want to join in, it will be good to run at your side…thanks Viv ….hugs…Elle x

  • It would be honor to run by yours!!! It’s a race that you can never enter too late!!!

    – vigor

  • GregTS
    GregTSalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful inspiration! Thank you!!

  • Thank you Greg, I got my running shoes on!!! See ya in the race!!!

    – vigor

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you,..This is awesome,..
    I`m ready to run,….

  • Honored to run by your side John!!!

    – vigor

  • Dreamflower
    Dreamfloweralmost 4 years ago

    I just agree with all the other comments, I’m adding this to my faves right away!

    There’s a fight to be fought,
    And a race to be run,
    There are dangers to meet by the way;
    But the Lord is my light,
    And the Lord is my life,
    And the Lord is my strength and stay.
    On His Word I depend,
    He’s my Saviour and Friend,
    And He tells me to trust and obey;
    For the Lord is my light,
    And the Lord is my life,
    And the Lord is my strength and stay.

    Naomi Pope From “Our Own Hymnbook”www.WakemanTrust.org

    © SGM Lifewords

  • you always have the most perfect poems for everything, thanks my friend!!!

    – vigor

  • zpawpaw
    zpawpawalmost 4 years ago

    My kind of race Viv! Don’t have to come in first, you just have to finish! Very well written my friend as usual!:)The rewards in this race are for eternity and all it takes is to trust and obey! Thanks for sharing the link to this! I love it!:)

  • Thank you paw, I appreciate you commenting!

    – vigor

  • Pauline Evans
    Pauline Evansalmost 4 years ago

    That’s very good, Viv…I agree, and I am in the race!

  • It’s good to run beside you!

    – vigor

  • joshuatree2
    joshuatree2almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful words of Truth my dear sister. I used to make new years resolutions and none were fulfilled. God give a word on new years day. He said. “You have entered this year in my Power and it will end in a Blaze pf Glory”. We bring The pwoer pf God, his word and the Holy Spirit into the year. Jesus lives in us! Colossians 1:27 [Christ in you, the hope of glory]. Our bodies are Gods temple he chose us to live in. 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    We carry the Divinity of God. We have the same father as Jesus! Thats what a Born again Child of God brings into 2011. God has made us more than conquerors!* We cannot ever have a bad day in 2011. WHY? Because all things work for our good. We have two friends called Goodness and mercy that follow us every day. AS we sleep Goodness and Mercy watches over us*.

    We are Blessed in the Cities and in the countryside. Our Purse, storehouses will never run empty, because the Lord is our Shepherd and we shall not want. All things we need in life has already been supplied by our God. 2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power *hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

    The lord is our strength! We are Blessed! This is our Inheritance in Christ. We have God given rights as his children and we have all things here on earth, if you can only see it in Gods word and with eyes of faith.

    Beloved this is your season, your time to bath in Gods Glory and miraculous supernatural daily manifestations

    My dear Sister, your words have inspired and motivated me. I love you and all here on Redbubble. I pray that this year those who do nit know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, healer, Deliverer and son of God will find him, call on him and receive him. Evangelist Trevor Irwin.http://www.philadelphiamission.org/":http://www.philadelphiamission.org/

    Its not what this year holds for us thats important, It is what we vring into the year thats Important

  • Trevor, that was beautiful and also inspiring for me as well. I read confirmation in your words and I’m ready to run along my brothers and sisters and praying that I can bring others into this race as well!!! God bless you, you are an inspiration as you show us God’s word, God bless you!

    – vigor

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