Lesson 23 - RACE OF HOLINESS
Ben tenderly shares from personal struggles how he recovered to run the race of holiness. You run your own race of holiness with others, but the chief way that you get there is by looking at Jesus, which means you search out His life on a daily basis.
RACE OF HOLINESS
“…Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. (Heb. 12:1-2)
WE EACH RUN OUR OWN RACE OF HOLINESS (looking unto Jesus)
You are a child of God and the Bride of Christ, and you are called to run your own race. God’s ultimate eternal purpose for creation is to provide a family for Himself including faithful children for Himself, and an equally yoked Bride for Jesus as His eternal companion (non-sexual). God promised to give Jesus an inheritance consisting of a people whom He fully possesses in love. I [the Father] will give You [Jesus] the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (Ps. 2:8)
HEBREWS 12 CALLS US TO RUN THE RACE OF HOLINESS:
JESUS: You run your own race of holiness with others, but the chief way that you get there is by looking at Jesus, which means you search out His life on a daily basis. Jesus ran His race because He looked to the joy of future glory with the family of God (John 17:21-23) and so can you. He calls you to run with: oil of intimacy (or the1st commandment 1st place in your life); (Matt. 25:1-13) and to be faithful, walking with grace according to your talents given by God (Matt. 25:14-30); and work acts of justice according to the measure and standard of the Just Judge (Matt. 25:31-46).
Heb. 12:1-2: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Therefore, the writer is calling for faithfulness, unto holiness, in your full life’s race, according to God’s personal call on your life. Cloud of witnesses: you can live holy because those that went before you (and are cheering you on now) also lived holy lives; lay aside: you are invited to walk free from sin and brokenness because of those that have gone before did. Run with endurance: your life’s race is at a marathon pace, not a sprint.
THE DISCIPLINE OF GOD (Heb. 12:3-11)
a. Consider Him: Jesus was verbally and physically attacked and He persevered; Today, pray to overcome personal attacks and walk in holiness because Jesus did.
b. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin: Jesus sweat drops like blood, in the place of prayer, to do the Father’s will (Lu. 22:44); Question: is God’s grace stronger than your sinful flesh? Today, pray to access the same GRACE to persevere against sin.
c. Chastening: God is a holy and just Father who chastens (instructs and trains us into righteousness); Today, God wants to train and instruct you, and you need to respond accordingly; Positive: You say yes to the correction; walk away from sin; say yes to God’s leadership. Negative: whine, complain, and give excuses as to why you can continue in sin.
d. Holiness: A loving Father chastens, and it is the way to correction; if you endure the chastening then you have the inheritance of children of God—in holiness. Today, thank God for His Fatherly correction—cooperate with His chastening—invite GRACE to overcome your struggling sin.
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL (Hebrews 12:12-17): “strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated”; You are called to your individual race of holiness; how you run will affect the corporate body; Today, ask God to give you a higher vision to live a holy life, which means you will see “HIS PLAN”.
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