Run The Race Christian!!

Wednesday blessing nothing shall be impossible

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Find Strength In The Lord!!!

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Isaiah 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Where do you go when you feel weak, powerless, and defeated? Isaiah gives us hope by sharing with us three truths to restore hope and be strengthened by the Lord.

This prophecy of Isaiah is during a very dark time in the nation of Judah. God had delivered them from the Assyrian Army decades ago, but Judah has continued in sin and been judged. Isaiah had prophesied and it is now happening that Babylon has come to destroy them and taking every thing of value and beauty from them. There sins were many, worshiping idols and immorality. But, in this passage God is telling them that they have sinned in trusting in their own strength and in their political alliances instead of trusting in Him.

Out of the darkest of times in the life of Judah, God’s Word comes as a message of hope to them thru Isaiah.

Are in your own dark place right now. You’re struggling under a load that is killing you. You’ve tried everything you know to do, but still you feel there is no hope. You don’t know what to do! If this describes your situation, hold on and listen, there is hope in God when we are his child.
Isaiah is giving us three truths today to restore hope!

1. OUR GOD IS POWERFULLY ABLE.
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
Isaiah is excited about something good. He wants to share some awesome news.
It reminds me of a young wife who was having difficulty concieving, and now got news of much awaited baby. She wants to tell everybody. She is filled with hope, excitement, blessings.
* Isaiah’s news is much better. His news is that there is hope for those who are living in defeat. Broken-hearted. Weary of the struggle.
Those that feel there is no hope and no use to even try again.
Those whose problems and burdens are to big to solve.
* What is this news?

A. Our God is Powerful.

Isaiah, here, is bragging on God. It is a sin to brag about yourself, but it isn’t a sin to brag about God. And, He can always back it up! It is far better for others to compliment us or praise things we have accomplished and not self.

What are God’s attributes that Isaiah mentions?
1. Everlasting God- the only God there’s ever been or will be!
2. The Lord- He is Supreme and everything is under His authority.
3. The Creator- if He created it, He owns it.
4. All Powerful- (fainteth not) He never tires.
5. He is Wisdom personified- cannot be understood by finite creatures. We are only able to understand of Him what He chooses to reveal.
B. Our God wants to share His Power with us.
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
I have had some tough times in my life and it always blessed me when I was ready to give up “Too Tired” he gave me more strength and power to get through the tough time.
God is not content to merely hold onto His power within Himself. He takes great delight in empowering His children to do the works of God.
* He took Moses, a weak man unable to even speak well, and gave him the power to part the waters so Israel could walk across on dry land.
* He empowered a normal man, Samson, to destroy thousands of His enemies single handedly.
* He transformed the teenage boy, David, into a giant-killer.
** God takes great pleasure in empowering the ordinary to do the extraordinary.

2. OUR FLESH IS MISERABLY WEAK.
Isaiah 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

In verse 29, Isaiah told us God offers His strength to us.
We often fail God in two ways when we operate in our own power.
(1) We give out. We can only do things in our own strength for so long before we grow weary and tired.
(2) We Stumble badly. We fall into sin because of pride, discourage,
Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
3. WE FIND NEW STRENGTH IN THE LORD.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

God is promising us His power at work in our lives, but it comes with a single condition: that we “wait on the Lord.”
What does this mean?

* not sitting around waiting and doing nothing.
* “Waiting on the Lord” means we have an attitude and practice of living in complete dependence on the Lord and a willingness to allow Him to show us what, where and how to live in this life.
* You have a choice in life. You can do it your own way or God’s way. Look at your life up to now. Has it always been smooth sailing doing it your own way? Why not try His way for a change?

3 Kinds of strength that God promises those that “wait on the Lord”?

(1). Spiritual Renewal. (Wings of Eagles)

Have you ever watched an Eagle fly? They go way up high. They rarely flap their wings up there. They spread their wings and soar along being kept uplifted by the winds under their wings. Their flight is effortless.
* As a believer, the Holy Spirit lifts you up and supports you. You have the choice of struggling thru life in your own power and strength or allowing the Holy Spirit to lift you up to places higher than you could ever imagine. And, He makes the flight for us to demand less effort and is more peaceful.

(2). Strength to Serve. (Run the Race)

(The following is a short lesson I found)
“Dad came home from work and his little boy met him at the car and said “Hey Daddy, today I beat a snake!”
Dad asked, “Did you beat him with a rock or with a stick?”
Son said, “I beat him running!”

Paul often compared our lives of serving Christ with that of running a race. He said of himself that he strived to serve in such a way that he would win the prize that Christ would award him. It’s sad to see how many well-meaning Christians have stopped “running the race”. They served for some time, but somewhere along the way, they just quit. Maybe they got discouraged, maybe they took their eye off the ball and became worldly. Whatever the reason, they quit running the race.
It always breaks my heart when someone will say “She is not serving, but at least she is saved”, or “I am saved but really have no time to serve the Lord but hey I at least got saved”. I truly have heard both statements more than we should hear them.

* Paul wrote to the Galatians and admonished them for not serving Christ like they once did. He told them…….

Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
Galatians 5:8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
1Corinthians 9:23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
1Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

* What about each of us? Are we still feeling the power of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry? Are you still faithfully serving Him?
Or have you drifted away and no longer running the race, no longer serving Him?

* The answer is found in coming back to Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to breathe new strength into your life so that you can serve Him in His anointing. Don’t allow yourself be ashamed at the coming of Christ by finding you unfaithful and not serving Him.

(3). Strength to Finish the Course. (The Walk of Life)

You see, my life the last few years has been difficult for me medically. Surgery, pain, confinement, pain relievers, sometimes it has all combined together brought me to a place of lack of energy to finish my race. Not sadness, really, but it has taken away some of my motivation.

This is what stress and the pains of this world can do to the believer. Maybe your going thru something similar. Maybe you feel like you just can’t go on, wanting to quit. What is the answer.

Let’s put our complete dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ and asked Him to spiritually renew us so that I can finish the course.
In 2 Timothy, Paul talked about finishing well. He knew he only had a short time to live and soon he would go home to heaven to be with Jesus. All that mattered to him, was finishing well. He said that all his life he served God with all his heart and now he could die without any regrets. He had done his best.

2Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

How about us? Are we still walking in faith in the Lord? Are we serving Him faithfully? When we are about to enter thru death’s door, will we be able to do so without regret, knowing we have finished the course well?
It’s not too late. If you’ve taken a detour in life, call out to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you. to restore you. to give you the power in the Holy Spirit to serve Him again and to finish well.
HE LIFTED ME UP
In loving-kindness Jesus came,
My soul in mercy to reclaim,
And from the depths of sin and shame
Through grace He lifted me.
From sinking sand He lifted me,
With tender hand He lifted me;
From shades of night to plains of light,
Oh, praise His Name, He lifted me!
He called me long before I heard,
Before my sinful heart was stirred,
But when I took Him at His word,
Forgiv’n, He lifted me.
His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
His hands by cruel nails were torn,
When from my guilt and grief, forlorn,
In love He lifted me.
Now on a higher plane I dwell,
And with my soul I know ’tis well;
Yet how or why, I cannot tell,
He should have lifted me.
From sinking sand He lifted me,
With tender hand He lifted me;
From shades of night to plains of light,
Oh, praise His Name, He lifted me!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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