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A Hope For Tough Times

1 Corinthians 9:24

24Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

 

Greek Translation of the word Course Translates to: Race Course

 

1 Corinthians 9:24

 

24Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!

Matthew 16:24

24Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, he

Vineyard Saying: If it’s worth anything – it’s worth Everything.

1 Timothy 1:1

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

 

 

Romans 5:1

 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

 

1 Corinthians 9:26

 

26So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.

 

1 Corinthians 9:27

 

27I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.

 

  1. Keep our eye the prize – Never forget – that the dawn is coming

 

  1. Train – by putting spiritual disciplines like; studying scripture, fasting and prayer into our schedules.

 

  1. Adjust the pace of our life – to be a life long process - by applying little changes – that will have lasting effect for the long haul.

 

  1. Like managing our time
  2. Building community around us
  3. And committing our resources to God’s purposes instead of our own.
  4. When injured or wounded – We can, give ourselves the time to heal – with every intention of getting back in the game.
  5. And while we are healing – give ourselves to as much training as we can handle in our season of woundedness.

Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don't. You are in good company... You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope. - John Piper

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