Summary: Be sure of who you are in Christ

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A. Pursue Righteousness, follow after what is right and good, live a righteous life, what God approves of.

B. Pursue godliness, living a godly life, living a holy life before God and others, a life of wonder. This means living a life characterized by a God ward attitude and wanting to only do that which is well pleasing to him. Abraham it says was a friend of God. Moses it says talked with God as a man face to face.

C. Pursue Faith. Steadiness. Have a high opinion for God¡¦s Word. Being a Christian is not so much as to what doctrine you believe as to the relationship you have with Christ. It is recognizing Real success comes from God. ¡§If you will you can make me clean.¡¨ Jesus said, ¡§I will.¡¨

D. Pursue Love. Have adoration for. Love is only seen by the actions it prompts. Love is a decision.

E. Pursue Endurance, persevere, determination, patience, steadfastness, abiding in Him, longsuffering. We need this when going through trials. When we are under discipline by God to improve our character. When we are being persecuted. When we are doing well. While we are bearing fruit. As we are running the race.

F. Pursue Gentleness, being meek, courteous, humble, not being self-centered.

2. BE ALERT OF WHAT YOU ARE STANDING FOR. Fight the good fight for what we believe. Run hard and fast in the faith. Fight the good fight for the Christian faith. It is God¡¦s fight and not our own. 2 Kings 6:8-17 ¡§When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, "We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place." But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, "Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there." So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God, warning the people there to be on their guard. This happened several times. The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called in his officers and demanded, "Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?" "It’s not us, my lord," one of the officers replied. "Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!" The king commanded, "Go and find out where Elisha is, and we will send troops to seize him." And the report came back: "Elisha is at Dothan." So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. "Ah, my lord, what will we do now?" he cried out to Elisha. "Don’t be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there be more with us than be with them!" Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. Ps 34:7¡¨The angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.¡¨ 91:11 ¡§For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.¡¨ MT 26:53 ¡§Don’t you think that I could call on my Father to send more than twelve legions of angels to help me now?¡¨

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