December 26, 2013 by
Get Back up And Get In the Race, Proverbs 24:16
The Race of Endurance
The Race Won By Staying In the Race
A friend of mine once stated he had a dream in which he was running from his past and couldn’t get away from it.
We are all are running from our past as sinners. I am, you are if you are saved, and, so were all the great men & women of the bible.
Some people have sins in a secret past no one knows about and some have sins on the outside where everyone can see, but all people have sin, no one is righteous, not one more then another.
Many Christians have a past they’re running away from, and God says “That is okay.” It is okay to run from our former selves after repenting.
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Moses did this after he killed the Egyptian for beating a former slave, he ran until he met God, Exodus 2:11-12,3:1-6.
Moses was counted righteous for it and God forgot his sin forever and ever. For in God’s eyes all sin is the same.
A former killer like Moses or an adulterer like the Samaritan woman at the well whom had five husbands, and, living with but not married to the sixth man, John 4:1-26, these sins are the same as a child lying to his parents that breaks the smallest minute point of the law, all people sin
and have broken the law needing salvation
after repentance by pure grace
, Romans 3:10, and our righteous acts are like filthy rags
, Isaiah 64:6, and through one man many will be made righteous
, Romans 5:19, this one man is also Jesus Christ and God in the flesh, the word, John 3:16, John 1:1-18, and the righteous shall be righteous not by church rules, regulations
, but the pure grace of faith, Galations 3:11, and they overcome sin by the hearing & reading of the word of God for this is where faith comes from, Romans 10:17, for faith is how we are saved, Romans 10:9, but faith is also built by prayer, Ephesians 3:16-17, 1:18-19, and getting up after falling down, Proverbs 24:16
, for this race of running to God away from sin never ends until the day we die or the day we are raptured, Ecc 9:11, Acts 20:24, 1st Co 9:24, Galatians 2:2;5:7, 2nd Tim 4:7, Hebrews 12:1.
Have you stayed in the race or have you fallen and not gotten up yet? How do you overcome sin when you fall? Or do you feel you do not fall? When Peter denied Christ two times but not yet the 3rd time, thus hadn’t repented yet, hadn’t turned yet, do you believe he would have gone to heaven or hell and what is your scriptural support for this? What have been your greatest struggles? Some Christians think they never fall once they are saved. Is this scriptural according to the Pauline Epistles? Why or why not?
The Apostle Paul, the Apostle of whom all church doctrine Christ spoke through spoke of these same things in Romans 7:14-20.
Romans 7:14-20 NIV
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is the sin nature in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 for what I do is not the good I want to do;no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
We see here in Romans 7:14-20 the Apostle paul struggling with the same thing millions upon millions of of God fearing Pastors and Christians all over the world struggle with, the duel natures within us all. For where before we were saved we had inside us only one nature for sin ruled our hearts and souls 100%, but when we became born again we became aware of the law and sin increased causing our flesh to slowly die and be crucified, for we crucify the flesh, we hate the flesh, we struggle with the duel nature that will not be solved until the 2nd Coming of Christ, “For the perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying is true: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory, ‘ ” 1st Corinthians 15:54.
Some Christians think they never fall once they are saved. They point at their brothers and sisters of different denominations accusing them of not being saved, not following their rules. Is this accusing from God or Satan? If God’s people are accusers who are they helping? Have you ever met someone like this? They spend all their effort accusing their brothers and sisters and no effort witnessing to the lost. God says we are to pray, repent and get back in the race of pure grace and forgiveness and the following of Him. We are to get up, overcome sin letting Holy regeneration take place becoming metemorphosized into the righteousness God intends for each and every one of us. We are to become new creatures. What are your views on regeneration with scriptural support ?