This book is an exposition of the things we must do on a daily basis in order to have a successful ending. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will teach you more as you read this book.

The term believer is not for butter-and-bread people. Christianity is a call that goes with grace and mercy. You are a not a true Christian until you finish the race.

 

The Christian life is described in a number of places in the Bible as a race, but unlike our human sporting races, we are not competing with others for a prize. It is an individual race that we all must strive to win.

 

Listen to the way Paul describes it in 2 Timothy 4:7-8:

 

I have fought a good fight. I have finished the work I was to do. I have kept the faith. There is a crown, which comes from being right with God.

The Lord, the one who will judge, will give it to me on that great day when He comes again.

 I will not be the only one to receive a crown. All those who love to think of His coming and are looking for Him will receive one also.

 

Notice what Paul has said: “I have fought the good fight.” The Good News version of the

Bible states, “I have done my best in the race.” The Christian life requires effort. We depend on what God has done for us in Christ, our Savior.

 

The Christian race begins when we receive Jesus as our Savior. It continues as we put our trust in him daily, and step out to be his person and to do his will. We live day by day because of his amazing grace.

 

The Christian life is enabled and empowered by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit does not do it for us—we are the ones who have to step out with confidence and trust him as we run the race. Not all who run a race win the prize, but only those who finish.

 

You know that only one person gets a crown for being in a race even if many people run. You must run so you will win the crown.

 

Everyone who runs in a race does many things so

his body will be strong. He does it to get a crown that will soon be worth nothing, but we work for a crown that will last forever.

In the same way, I run straight for the place at the end of the race. I fight to win. I do not beat the air. I keep working over my body. I make it obey me. I do this because I am afraid that after I have preached the Good News to others, I myself might be put aside.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 

This book is an exposition of the things we must do on a daily basis in order to have a successful ending. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will teach you more as you read this book.

 

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