Running The Race…

This past Sunday I kicked off a new Series entitled Running The Race

Hebrews 12:1 says that we are to run with endurance the race that is set before us…

There is a course set in front of you right now.  God has it laid out.  According to The Word of God there are some INCREDIBLE things not only on that path but at the end of the path.  With that being said, why do so many people refuse to get on that track? 

There are many things that keep us from the prize.  I covered several of them in our last Series entitled, SEVEN.  We are called to lay aside the weight and the sin that so easily ensnares.  What’s holding you down today?  What’s knocked you off the course?

The great thing about grace, is that God loves us when we fall and will give us the strength to get back in the race if we will call on Him.

I love the words to a song we sing here at Faith Renewed called I Will Run by Misty Edwards.

I will run the race set before me.
I will seek Your face
As the prize of my life.
I will run.  

Enjoy your run!

He LOVES Me!

Enough said.

Expectation…

Expectation: the act or state of look forward or anticipating

Remember driving for the first time?  For me that was over 25 years ago.  WOW!!! I still remember getting behind the wheel and putting the car in gear.  It was awesome!  When I got my permit, I would get the keys to my parents station wagon and drive up and down the driveway (we had a big driveway).  I would get 2 trash cans out and practice my parallel parking.  Had to be ready for the test!  Passed it the first time by the way.  Did you?

I was so pumped the day I got my license.   It was on my birthday.  The day I turned 16.  Thought I was the stuff!  I started looking for reasons to go somewhere.  I would volunteer to go places, just so I could get behind the wheel.  My expectation level was through the roof every time I put the key in the ignition. 

Then life happened… Got older, got married, had kids, all that cool stuff that comes with life.  Somewhere along the way my expectation to get behind the wheel faded.  I once had a job that required me to drive all day long.  That can be an expectation killer.  Now I’m no longer volunteering to drive anywhere.  Will gladly let my wife pick up the kids.  No big desire to run pick up the milk when we run out… You know what I’m talking about.

Our Spiritual Journey can be much the same if we’re not careful.

If you are a Believer, you probably remember the day you gave your life to Christ.  I do!  Sitting on my couch watching a Christian television program and I surrendered it all to HIM.  Cried like a baby!  I started reading The Word of God, praying, and walking with God!  It was so cool!  My expectation was NUTS!  Even as a young man I couldn’t wait to get The Book in my hands, spend time in prayer, and seek HIS face. 

Then somewhere along the way life happened again…  Things came in.  Not bad things, just things.  I allowed those things to take away from the time that I use to spend with Him.  Don’t get me wrong, I talked to HIM and read HIS Word everyday, but it wasn’t the same.  The expectation had faded…

The good thing is I recognized it and I understood that God loved me anyway.  So what did I do?  First of all I repented.  I asked God to rekindle the fire again.  To make me hungry!  He did just that!  My expectation level is through the roof again!  I’m looking forward in anticipation to what happens next.  I can’t wait to put the key in the ignition, put the car in gear, and see what God has next on this Spiritual Journey that I’m on.  I want to hear His voice, see His face and walk in His glory.

If you’re reading this and your expectation level is low… 
I pray that you will begin to burn again… 
Hunger again…
Thirst again….

If you’re reading this and you’ve never experienced an expectation for the things of God that I’m talking about. 
Don’t wait another day!
Get on board!
Enjoy the ride!
You won’t regret it!

Short and Sweet!

I haven’t blogged lately…

Not that I haven’t had anything to say!

God has been blowing me up lately, in a GOOD WAY!  I love what HE’S doing in me right now!

I feel like I’m falling in love with HIM all over again.  Honestly, I haven’t felt that in a while.
Just trying to stay in that secret place and enjoy this journey…

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~Psalm 91:1

I will be headed out at 6 AM tomorrow morning to spend some time with the Student Ministry Department of Faith Renewed.  I love these guys!!! God is doing a great work in this ministry.  We will be going to Florida on a mission trip.  I’m believing God for some great things! 

I may actually break out the WordPress for Blackberry that I downloaded while I’m there and do a little blogging.

We’ll see…