2021 – Prepared to shine

Finishing Strong – Week 1

2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
1 Cor 9:24 (NLT) Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the
prize? So run to win!
1. Nutrition
John 4:34 (NLT) Then Jesus explained: My nourishment comes from doing the will of God,
who sent me, and from finishing his work.
2. Equipment
Eph 6:15 (GNB) And as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace.
3. Inspirational stories
2 Cor 3:2-3 (NLT) The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives
are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it …
2 Cor 3:3 Clearly, you are a letter from Christ … This “letter” is written not with pen and ink,
but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human
2 Sam 18:20 (NLT) … Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the
LORD has rescued him from his enemies.”
2 Sam 18:20 (NLT) “No,” Joab told him, “it wouldn’t be good news to the king that his son is
dead. You can be my messenger another time, but not today.”
2 Sam 18:21 (NLT) Then Joab said to a man from Ethiopia, “Go tell the king what you have
seen.” The man bowed and ran off.
2 Sam 18:22 (NLT) But Ahimaaz continued to plead with Joab, “Whatever happens, please
let me go, too.” “Why should you go, my son?” Joab replied. “There will be no reward for
your news.”
2 Sam 18:23( NLT) “Yes, but let me go anyway,” he begged. Joab finally said, “All right, go
ahead.” So Ahimaaz took the less demanding route by way of the plain and ran to
Mahanaim ahead of the Ethiopian.
Ecc 7:8 (NLT) Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride.
2 Sam 18:29 (NLT) “What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?”
Ahimaaz replied, “When Joab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn’t
know what was happening.”
2 Sam 18:32 (NLT) “What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?” And
the Ethiopian replied, “May all of your enemies, my lord the king, both now and in the
future, share the fate of that young man!”
2 Tim 4:8 (NLT) And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me
but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
Acts 20:24 (NIV) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish
the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the
good news of God’s grace.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ― C.S. Lewis.


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