Happy Sunday Peeps!
I just had to post this song by Virtue called He Gotcha to encourage you today. Life is a series of tests and testimonies depending on how you look at your life. Everybody likes prizes but they don’t like the tests life brings in order to get the prize. The prize for us as Christians is us moving towards the upward call of God through Jesus Christ as it is mentioned in Philippians 3:14:
Philippians 3:14 [Full Chapter]
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
A prize for us can be various things that matter to us…such as a dream job, position, wife, husband, a child, a vacation, an opportunity etc etc. Whatever it is that we deem as a “prize” is what people press forward towards as a goal until they obtain it. There is no guarantee that once you’ve obtained the thing that you desired, that happiness is sure to follow. In some cases, people pursue things with selfish and impure motives which can cause one to lust after other people’s things which can never be a good thing. But then there are those that have a healthy desire to pursue things with pure motivations and intentions, and simply need the guidance that the Lord provides to get the things that they desire in legitimate ways when you first put the desires of your heart in God’s hands through prayer. The key word here is “PRAYER”. Prayer is essential when seeking to satisfy the desires of your heart because you always want to remain walking in the will of God for your life. Many things will pass away in this life, but God’s Word (The Bible) stands firm forever!
Philippians 4:6 [Full Chapter]
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Daniel 9:3 – Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes
However, with respect to these things, I think that as Christians, we can’t leave God on the back burner of our “plans” if He isn’t at the center of our lives. In the Word of God, it says that we must first seek the Kingdom of God before we go out and pursue anything else if you look at this scripture:
Matthew 6:33 [Full Chapter]
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The moment you put God first in every area of your life, He will guide you to the things you have need of and the things you desire in legitimate ways by placing the right people in your life to guide your footsteps in the right direction. He will sharpen your discernment and give you supernatural wisdom to pursue things in unconventional ways in order to show you that He is the God that will fight for you and support your cause if you have your heart in the right place.
1 Kings 9:3 – And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
Isaiah 59:21 – “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
Psalm 119:160 – The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
1 Peter 1:25 – But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Again I say, people like Prizes, but they don’t like the race that they have to run in order to obtain the prizes that the Lord has for us in this life. If you think of an obstacle race, there are hurdles one has to jump over before they get to the finish line. In this life, there will be Trouble (hurdles you’ll have to jump over), but take heart, you will overcome them (jump over each hurdle) and overcome the world and get to the finish line. Remember, that the race you have in this life is not for the swift or for the strong, it is for those that endure until the very end. Don’t look at those that seem to be “making it” in life right now…you don’t know what race they had to run to get to where they are. Looking at someone else poses as a distraction to your own race that you have to finish. SO my message today is focus on your own race and fix your eyes on the prize which is Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your Faith, Amen!
Hebrews 12:2 – 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.
When you focus on Jesus as your goal, everything you want in life will be added to you because you’ve maintained the “right focus”. So today, ask yourself, where is your focus? Are you focusing on the right things? You may fall as you run your race, but get back up again and keep pressing forward because God will help you get to your finish line, Amen. I pray that as you listen to this song, may it encourage you today, in Jesus’ Name. God Bless You Everybody! 🙂
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