Eye On The Prize

Eye On The Prize

Thursday, 23 December 2021

“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.” – Hebrews 12:2 GNT

Christianity MUST be intentional. Just like with everything we do in life, there must be a reason, a purpose, and the desired outcome. Now, of course with Christianity it’s a little trickier because not only is it spiritual, it is PURELY spiritual. What we see around us is rarely what is happening in the spirit, so it would do us good to constantly rely on what GOD is saying at all times and to hold on to Christ with all that we have. The enemy brings attacks to throw us off course and out of the race. His sole mandate in a life of a believer is to steal, kill and destroy. But GOD uses those very trials and attacks as tools to empower and to make us wiser. “You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good” Genesis 50:20 GNT.

The more we master our tests, the quicker we recognize what is happening in our lives and begin to respond accordingly and with more wisdom. Just as athletes become better with training, our paths are designed with our training in mind. Hence we consider it all joy when we go through various trials (James 1:2). Knowing how hard staying in this race can be, I am deeply pained by those who once gave their all in the Kingdom of God and then gave up on the way. I think of the time and years they have just flushed away and my heart bleeds because then what was it all for? Sometimes I even thank GOD when a true man or woman of GOD dies at the peak of their spiritual life because then the enemy did not get a chance to destroy them, and as a result, they can walk into heaven with a divine chance of receiving their crown. 

As for us who are still here, Apostle Paul warned us to “continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ].” Philippians 2:12 AMP. It is a hard and daunting feat, yes, but when one thinks of how long eternity is, then I’d say let’s keep on trying, keep on pressing forward, knowing that we are not alone and that all of Heaven is rooting for us.

The more we master our tests, the quicker we recognize what is happening in our lives and begin to respond accordingly and with more wisdom

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