Prepaired to shine

Finishing Strong – Basil Panayi Week 4

Race of Faith

Heb 12:1
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

What is the race of Faith?

Matt 28:18
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Some things about finishing strong in the race of Faith

1 Peter 4:12-13
12 – 13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

Know why you are here

Matthew 5:13-16
13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-
flavors of this earth.
If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end
up in the garbage.
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the
world.
God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.
If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?

I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!
Keep open house; be generous with your lives.
By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Strong in God

Eph 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

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