Are you running to win?
Brethren, Knowing that we have been called by GOD, and created for HIS GLORY, with a purpose; "Can we each agree, that the devoted always achieve their goals?" I mean, Olympic medals don’t go to overweight businessmen who occasionally puff around the track for exercise." You have to be devoted to your passion, and stick to it, like it's in fashion. Consider this, In 1981 the film Chariots of Fire was released on the big screen." That movie illustrated the principle of how one is to be "devoted to our passion," in order to succeed." And we, "The BODY of CHRIST"; want to succeed in the thing which GOD has appointed us to." So we want to take heed and consider well, every last one of our LORD'S instructions. And HE, says these WORDS and instructions to us, in Mathew 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. [In other words, if our treasure is here on this earth; "our heart ❤️ will be here also."] But if we are among the wise, who are spoken of in Proverbs 11:30." Our hearts 💕 will be focused on our LORD'S soon coming KINGDOM, and our place within that KINGDOM." Consider how it reads: The fruit of the RIGHTEOUS is a Tree of LIFE, And he who wins Soul's is wise. [So aiming to be counted among the wise, and being focused on the way we should go. The LORD, JESUS, says: I AM The WAY, The TRUTH, and The LIFE; no one comes to The FATHER except by ME. [So we, who have come to The FATHER, want to be successful for HIS GLORY, because we know that the time of our departure is at hand; And the apostle, Paul, assures us, that it's by running for GOD'S GLORY, that we will be successful for The GLORY of GOD, by keeping the FAITH." Consider how the apostle, Paul himself, affirms this TRUTH, by saying in 2nd Timothy 4:6-7 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the FAITH. [And here is where our success becomes evident. Consider 2nd Timothy 4:8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which The LORD, The RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have LOVED HIS appearing. [Brethren, Because GOD wants us to succeed for HIS GLORY, and to prosper, in the calling that HE has on our LIFE. HE reminds us of these WORDS, that HE speaks to us, through Mathew 6:19-20, saying: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. [With that said, Where is your Treasure, Beloved?" Because The LORD assures us, that that's where our heart will be found, also." Is your heart filled to overflowing with the LOVE of GOD, and a heartfelt desire, for GOD HIMSELF, to fulfill your calling and purpose? "Is it?" For The LORD, Beloved, has a calling on our lives, where HE HIMSELF, assures us, saying in Mathew 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen." [Brethren, Surely we each know that we have been called?" Yes? But my question to you, "is"; Would we also be among the chosen?" In other words, "Do we wish to be among the chosen?" This is the kind of question that the apostle, Paul, must've personally asked himself, when In 1 Corinthians 9:23-24 GOD had him record these WORDS": Now this I do for The GOSPEL'S sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. “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.” 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. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my Body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. [Brethren, Paul saw himself, as an Olympic athlete, who is competing to "win a race!" What about you, Beloved?" How do you see yourself?" Are you running to win 🏃♂️ 🏃♂️ 🏃♂️?" Or just to get thin?" Please know that when The LORD returns; HE wants to hear no excuses!" So HE gives each of us this WORD, from Malachi 2:2 saying: If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, to give GLORY to MY NAME," Says The LORD of hosts, "I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your Blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart. [Brethren, Please take your calling to heart?"❤️ And from obedience to preaching The GOSPEL, never depart." Because in this race, Beloved, GOD wants us to make something for HIS GLORY; that's as a work of art." "For every Soul is precious to GOD." JESUS OK