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Born a Winner

 

Heb 12:1 (NKJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

In the Well Being Magazine it is stated that when conception happens there are around four hundred million sperm released at one time. Now if you think about it, you were the ONE in FOUR HUNDRED MILLION who WON THE RACE.

YOU WERE BORN A WINNER!

You won the first race... that is amazing to know.

Have you watched the Olympics like me and thought wow they make this look so easy. But the athlete has had days, months and years of training for that one race.

The training is hard work. Your body has to go to the limits to achieve the best possible results.

When I was a teenager I didn’t like having to do a cross country run. I would end up walking and talking with my girlfriends, usually hanging back at the end of the race. However, if we did a sprint I was in, boots and all. I loved to do the sprint and enjoyed doing hurdles. It was a challenge to me and I looked forward to it.

Our life is likened to a race and I have slammed into and stumbled over many ‘hurdles’. I have hauled my baggage over these hurdles but it was very hard going.

Wouldn’t it be silly if we started a race burdened down, holding a lot of extra baggage. It would not only look funny and out of place but it would labour our run. It would slow us down and hinder our purpose.

In our course, we speak of the thinking, feelings and behaviour triangle. Too many times we put the captain’s hat on the feelings... i.e. let them be in control and we run with a lot of things that have not been ‘sorted’.

Part of our training for the race is to be in mint condition to be prepared, but we so often are not. Now we are to learn how to run this race, of life. We have people watching our ‘walk’ with God so we are to lay aside every weight holding us back.... how do we do that?

Firstly, it is to identify what the‘baggage’ is. It may be unforgiveness towards someone. It may be envy, jealousy, bitterness or even a wrong attitude. It may be that we were abused in some way, it could be any number of things.

Our feelings are holding onto the baggage. We are in pain and don’t know how to let go of it, so we need to put the captain’s hat back on the thinking and sort out our baggage and stop letting our baggage run our lives!

Be willing for God to change these things He wants to set us free, Isaiah 61:1-3 'to set the captives free'
He does this by renewing our minds... changing our thinking. Romans 12:2

Jesus said in Matt 11:28-30 (Msg)
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Training also includes preparation to equip us for the race. In our case it is prayer time, walking and working with God.  It is reading His word. It is giving over those things hindering us so that we can run freely.

Trust Him with your everyday challenges, make Him your first port of call.

I love that old song that goes: Lay your burdens down. Take your troubles to the foot of the cross and lay your burdens down.

I have given up my baggage to Jesus and I have layed it down, now can run with freedom. When hurdles come (and they do) I can face them with confidence that I am ready to ‘jump’ over them. People are watching us in our walk/race. Do you have baggage or are you running free? Hand the baggage over to The One who carried our burden to the cross. He took it all and said ‘it is finished’.

1 Cor 9:25 (Msg)
You've all been to the stadium and seen the athlete’s race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.

 

 

 

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