Summary: Persevering II Petition, Pray, Prepare
24You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So, run to win! 25Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever.
The apostle compares himself to the racers and combatants in the Isthmian games, well known by the Corinthians. But in the Christian race all of us run to get to the end and get the prize and the prize is eternal life! Now don’t misunderstand, I am not saying that we have to wait till we get to heaven to obtain the abundance of God, in fact the word of God states that the sole reason for Jesus coming was for our abundant living. We must realize in order to get to the end of the race, you must go through the course. Perseverance! But to get to it, you got to go through it. This is a simple encouragement to endure. One main reason we don’t persevere is because of lack of purpose. In order to obtain a purpose you have to talk to your father… However, there is a process that we must begin in order to do just this. The problem many of us have is the fact we don’t take the necessary steps to persevere. We simply get an urge, jump into the water… and since we didn’t take swimming lessons…. We sink like a rock… somebody has to come and rescue us… and then we are to scared to do anything else but sit on the shore and watch the waves.
Last week we learned (at least some of us did) in order to persevere, that you have to focus, you have to be fearless, and you have to be faithful. By the time we conclude this dialogue next week, you will have nine points to assist you to obtain all God desires for your life. The number nine represents the “final” project… or the completion. There are 9 individual fruit of the spirit… that will complete a Christian. There are 9 spiritual gifts.. Jesus was crucified at 9:00 a.m… representing the finality of sins control over our life, so it is not ironic that God provided nine elements for us to be able to persevere. Many of us fall out before we get started, but as the scripture writer lets us know, you got to go through it to get to it. Turn to somebody and tell hang on….. you got to go through it to get to it!
We are going to touch on three things today
Step 1 Petition
Before you begin doing anything, since the word of God tells us we
don’t know what to ask God, we need to petition the one who does.
The word of God tells us in
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit
In Acts as the people gathered together, in one place on one accord – the word stated that:
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This utterance give us the ability to let our Father know exactly what the need is…..because utterance gives us the wisdom and the knowledge….
To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,