OUR RACE OF FAITH

OUR RACE OF FAITH is life’s journey toward heaven that shows our commitment to God!
What is the role of God’s chastening in our life?
Hebrews 12:1-11

I believe everybody alive can attest to the fact that we feel as though everyday we are in a race. We plow through our day at work, at home with its duties, with our loved ones, and with our children, etc. There is always something to do or someone to help that is very needful. Life can be a push!

It seems as though the duties of life are never done, they just boil over into the next day, especially with children. Will I ever be able to relax and sit an enjoy a quiet moment by myself?

As a wife of 52 years, a mother of five children, helped to raise 5 Russian orphans for 9 years, with 24 grandchildren, an author, teacher at children’s church, and speaking engagements, I feel as though there is always something that is necessary. These duties can be overwhelming at times!

Many times, I have gotten off my God given path, gave into my selfishness, and lost track of where God was leading me. We, also, have an arch enemy, the devil, that wants to steal, kill, and destroy our Christian testimony. He will not stop at anything to get us off track. BUT, God has a plan for each of our lives! He is molding and making us to be what He knows best for us and His kingdom. By FAITH, we all must keep on keeping on until our race is done.

If God the Father even called His own Son to “endure such hostility from sinners…” while dying in my sin (Hebrews 12:3), your sin, and the sin of the entire world, how much more will He allow me to endure chastening? God, in Job 5:17-18, tell us “…happy is the man whom God corrects…do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He (God) bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.” God knows what is best for each one of us to make us fit for the Master’s use ( ). God chastens us because He loves us!

One of the main reasons that God allows trials in our life is to show us “…though now for a little while, if need be, you are grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith being much more precious than gold that perishes, thought it be tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory, at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7). When we come through a trial still trusting and believing in Jesus, this proves our faith is genuine. God tells us in 2 Corinthians 13:5 to “Examine ourselves to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…” (not others)

Why should I get angry at God because He knows what I need better than I do? I am thankful that in this life, He tests me so that I may realize whether I am walking down the right path to heaven. I would hate to see Him face to face and realize that I was on the wrong track.

In Matthew 7:21-23 those people “knew” or “thought” they were going to heaven. They thought they were prophesying or preaching in God’s name, doing many wonderful works, and casting out demons, but God told them, “I never knew you, depart from Me you that work iniquity.” They were full of selfishness, doing their own will. They were doing what ‘they’ thought was good and right for them, but they were not on the right road with God. They did not have a personal relationship with Jesus (compare John 1:12). The key to that verse is “those that do the will of the Father” (v. 7).

When I am not doing the will of my Father, He will correct and chasten me. That is a loving Father! Chastening is for my good, not harm. Remember, the gate to heaven is narrow, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Keeping running your Race of Faith and DO NOT despise the trials that God allows! It is out of an unending love for us that God rebukes His children.
“Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. IF God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.” (John Piper—author; Christian Theologian)

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