Run to the Lord

Running is a discipline. We wake up in the early hours of the day to get that long run in. Move our work schedule around, or sacrifice leisure time to stick to that training schedule. We will fill our bodies up with the needed fuel. And train our muscles to endure. All of this leads to one thing, the goal of reaching the finish line.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

With running, there is one winner. But in Christ, we are all winners.

How disciplined are we in our walk, or rather, run with Christ? The good news is that we have a helper within us to aid us along the way. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. (1 Timothy 1:7). We have the power within us for self discipline.

Self discipline to spend time with God’s word every day. Self discipline to spend time with God in prayer every day. Self discipline to follow the commandments of Christ to love one another every day. Self discipline to spread the good news of the gospel every day. Self discipline to be resolved on whose we are every day. Self discipline to fight temptation every day.

I know that I fail at many of these things every day. But those failures will not hold me back from this journey to the finish line, to the arms of Christ in heaven. I pray that every day I can pick up my cross, and be disciplined in my run with Christ.

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The Spirit in our Weakness

Today has been a day of struggles and feelings of weakness. I know the temptations that make me prone to wander. And I catch myself starting to head down that path, and it hurts.

As I sat down in prayer before dinner, I struggled to come up with words to say. I began piecing together my request to God through many chopped up sentences. And I felt discouraged.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

When reading these two verses after dinner, it hit me hard and touched my heart on how intimate our relationship is with God. I felt God saying to me, “I know your struggles, and I am here.”

His Spirit is with is always. As I was praying, his Spirit which dwells within me reached way down into my heart, gathering up everything that was too deep for my own words, and presented them to God, making my request known.

So even though I was struggling, He was there in the Spirit helping me along.

Whatever you are struggling with today, know that the God of all comfort is dwelling within you always.