Summary: Faith is wonderful to talk about, but sometimes we just can’t seem to believe the promises of God that are given to us.
Faith for the Race
The life of a Christian can be described in one of four ways:
1 a journey,
2 a battle,
3 a pilgrimage,
4 a race.
Select your own metaphor, but the necessity to finish is always the same.
1 For if life is a journey, it must be completed.
2 If life is a battle, it must be finished.
3 If life is a pilgrimage, it must be concluded.
4 And if it is a race, it must be won.
Obstacle: The Age of Anxiety
A wife called the doctor one morning, saying, “Doctor, come quick! It’s my husband!”
“What’s the matter?” he calmly replied.
“Well, he got up this morning and took his vitamin pill. Then he took his appetite suppressant, his anti-depressant, and his tranquilizer. He also took an antihistamine and some Benzedrine. Then he lit a cigarette, and there was this explosion!”
Heb 12:1-2 KJV
12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Running the race
Two attorneys, Cary Babcock and Gordon Lee, took a safari vacation in the African backcountry. One day, they took a rest, removed their packs, and leaned their rifles against a tree. They were startled when a large, hungry-looking lion emerged from the jungle and began eyeing them with anticipation.
It was clear that the attorneys’ rifles were too far away to do them any good. Babcock began to remove his shoes, and Lee asked him why he was doing that.
Babcock replied, "Because I can run faster without them."
Lee declared, "I don’t care how fast you can run. You’ll never out race that lion."
The now barefoot Babcock told him, "I don’t have to outrun the lion. I just have to outrun you."
Faith for running the race
Faith is wonderful to talk about, but sometimes we just can’t seem to believe the promises of God, that are given to us. There have been so many disappointments in our lives, that nothing can change our reasoning. We believe that God will provides for other people, but not us. We convince ourselves that their prayers will be answered, and not ours.
As Satan seeks to defeat us, he will remind you of your past failures, over, and over, again. If you listen to him, with weak faith, you will surrender the power of a faithful life. With a lack of courage the past will equal the present, or even the future. The race will be lost.
Fear or Faith
To withstand Satan’s attacks, we equip our soul with the armor God provides. He outfits us completely for our task. Having every weapon and piece of armor available, God orders us to stand and contest the evil one. Satan counts on us to be afraid—Jesus counts on us to have courage.
Most prefer to take the easy way out
In his book, Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey writes, "There used to be this bully who would demand my lunch money every day. Since I was smaller, I would give it to him.