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     As I have said before, we have a race to run, It's not a physical race. It's a spiritual race. this V tells us that we have to run so that we may obtain, or so that we might win the prise.

     I. In order for us to run this race, we have to have a goal, or an OUTSET. something that we are going to set out for. MAT 6:33

              A. It's unfortunate, but too many Christians lose the race before they even start.

                        1. Instead of seeking 1ST the kingdom of God, THEY'RE SEEKING 1ST THEIR OWN KINGDOM. Maybe MATERIAL WEALTH, or BETTER POSITION in their job, or it might be seeking after sin, or maybe it's seeking after fun.

                                  a. There's nothing wrong with fun, just like there's nothing wrong with money, or material goods, but if that comes before God then it's wrong.

                                  b. IF YOU'RE SEEKING 1ST THESE THINGS & NOT SEEKING 1ST T KINGDOM OF GOD YOU'RE IN ERROR.

                        2. JESUS SAID IN (MAT 16:24) "If any {man} will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me".

                                  a. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE HAVE TO DENY OURSELVES & PICK UP OUR CROSS & FOLLOW HIM.

                                  b. MANY TIMES & PROBABLY MUCH OF T TIME WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SAY NO TO OUR DESIRES & YES TO T LORD'S WILL.

                        3. GOD'S NOT AGAINST US HAVING FUN & MATERIAL GOODS, BUT THERE'S A JOB TO DO.

                                  a. THAT'S WHY JESUS SAYS IN (MAT 6:33) "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. "

                                  b. TOO OFTEN WE DO IT BACKWARDS, WE SEEK 1ST The THINGS, THEN WE SEEK HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, & THEN WE SEEK HIS KINGDOM.

                        4. OUR 1ST GOAL MUST BE TO SEEK 1ST HIS KINGDOM, & TO FURTHER HIS KINGDOM IN THIS EARTH.

              B. WE HAVEN'T EVEN BEGUN TO RUN T RIGHT RACE UNTIL WE PUT HIM 1ST.

                        1. IF IT'S SIN THAT'S CAUSING YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOUR RUNNING IN MUD ----- YOU NEED TO REPENT. PSA 40:2

                        2. EZE 14:6 YOUR IDOLS MIGHT BE THINGS. T LORD SAYS "REPENT & TURN AWAY FROM THOSE THINGS."

                        3. EZE 18:30 T WORD "TRANSGRESSIONS" MEANS "SINS". Repent, and turn {yourselves} from all your SINS; so iniquity shall not be your ruin OR YOUR FALL.

                                  a. (1JOHN 1:9) SAYS, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us {our} sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

     II. T 2ND POINT THAT I WANT TO MAKE ON HOW TO RUN TO WIN HAS TO DO W/ OUR OUTLOOK.--- PHIL 4:4

              A. PESSIMISM OR NEGATIVISM BRINGS DEFEAT, OR FAILURE.

                        1. FOR YOU TO THINK ON YOUR INABILITIES OR ON HOW A SITUATION IS GOING TO TURN OUT BAD, WILL CAUSE YOU TO ACT THAT WAY.

                        2. (2COR 10:5) SAYS, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

              B. WE NEED TO THINK ON T POSITIVE. -- (PHIL 4:8) TELLS US TO THINK ON ONLY T GOOD.

                        1. (ROM 7:22) Says, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man."

                        2. WHEN WE BEGIN TO WALK W/ A BETTER ATTITUDE IN THIS LIFE, WE PASS The 1ST MARK ON OUR COARSE OF THIS RACE. --- PHIL 3:14 ---

     III. The 2ND MARK THAT'S ON OUR COURSE IS OUR OUTREACH. 2COR 5:20a

              A. MANY FAIL IN THIS RACE BECAUSE OF SLOTHFULNESS.

              B. WE'VE BEEN GIVEN T GREAT COMMISSION, TO PREACH T GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE, TO DO T WORKS OF JESUS.

                        1. PHIL 2:16

                        2. WHEN WE BEGIN TO REACH OUT TO OTHERS, HELP T LESS FORTUNATE, WITNESS TO T LOST; WE PASS T 2ND MARK ON OUR COURSE. (440)

     IV. T 3RD MARK IS T OUTCOME WHICH IS T FINISH LINE. 2TIM 4:7-8

              A. THOSE THAT REJECT CHRIST WILL LOSE T RACE. EVEN THOSE WHO TURN THEIR BACKS ON T LORD or WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVE FOR HIM WILL LOSE T RACE.

              B. WE'VE GOT TO PRESS ON FOR THAT FINISH LINE. DON'T TURN BACK YOU'LL NEVER WIN THAT WAY.  (HEB 10:38)

                        1. (PHI 3:14) AGAIN SAYS, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

                        2. T WORD "PRIZE" MEANS "A PRIZE GIVEN FOR THEIR VICTORY IN PUBLIC GAMES".

                                  a. PAUL WAS REFERRING TO T JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST WHERE WE ALL WILL BE GIVEN OUR REWARDS.        2CO 5:10

                                  b. T "JUDGMENT SEAT" REALLY MEANS "REWARD SEAT".

                                  c. T GLADIATORS WOULD COME TO T JUDGMENT SEAT OF T KING TO RECEIVE THEIR PRIZE.

                        3. WE WILL ALL COME BEFORE T JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST & RECEIVE OUR PRIZE.

              C. T OUTSET, OUTLOOK, & OUTREACH DETERMINE T OUTCOME.

WED PM 5/1/91 TFC & WOLCC SUN AM 1/5/92

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