Running the race of life in Jesus Christ
1. You have to train your mind and soul think of it as athlete training for a triathlon ironman race or a fighter training for a ufc fight or a martial artist training for a tournament Hebrews 12:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
a. WHAT IS THRIATHLON IRONMAN RACE? This triathlon distance requires a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Depending on your fitness level, course conditions, and the weather on race day, you can expect to complete these three legs in about 10 to 17 hours.
2. just as we should exercise our bodies and minds we also have to exercise our soul and spirit by exercising our faith. Hebrews 11:1-6 (NKJV)
How do we Exercise our Faith
A. Read the Word Romans 10:17 and 2 Timothy 2:15
b. Pray 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) and Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)
c. Share our faith to others through our testimony of what The Lord Jesus has done for us. Ephesians 6:19-20 (NKJV) and James 1:22-23 (NKJV)
Conclusion Finish Strong! Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) and 2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)
Hebrews 12:1-5 (NKJV)
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NKJV)
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Hebrews 11:1-6 (NKJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 pray without ceasing,
Ephesians 6:19-20 (NKJV)
19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
James 1:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.