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FC 25

Friday

March 6, 2015

Focus on the finish line

Read

“…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,” Hebrews 12:1-2

Think

Life is like a marathon. It is a test of our endurance and often tries us in ways we never expected. Many times we hit “the wall” in a way that we didn’t see coming. When we hit those barricades, those roadblocks, and those walls, it can be easy to take our eyes off of our purpose and focus instead on our problems.

Jesus, though, wants us to keep our eyes fixed on Him. Like runners in a race who keep focused on the finish line rather than the distractions around them, we must keep our focus on what God has in store for us ahead. When we stop doing that and begin to turn to the side, we lose sight of what “is set before us.”

Don’t lose sight of what is set before you. Don’t allow the distractions in life to keep you from pursuing the purpose of life. Focus your eyes on Jesus, and rely on His strength to get you through the race.

Pray

Thank God for giving you the opportunities you have today. Don’t lose sight of what God has in store for you. Instead, pray for His strength to help you through!

Act

Take a rest! Every marathon has several water and food stations along the way. These are there to help refuel runners and keep them going. Church is like those stations. Make sure you are at church this weekend to get refueled and refocused on the race ahead!

Wednesday

March 4, 2015

Keep on running

Read

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Think

A Marathon is a grueling race that tests the physical and mental limits of every participant. It is well known that around the 20-22 mile marker, runners experience something known as “the wall.” It is at this point that the body can begin to break down physically. Legs lock up, muscles cramp, and every fiber seems to scream, “Quit running!” It’s also at this point that the race becomes a mental exercise. Runners must push themselves beyond the wall and rely on their training and preparation to help them continue.

Life is like a marathon. Often, there are points when we hit a “wall” and want to quit. Maybe you are facing a wall relationally. Maybe that wall is something you are facing at work. Perhaps you are at the end, emotionally speaking, and you just want to quit. Don’t! God has something great for you on the other side of the wall. Rely on His strength. Trust in His plan. Don’t quit… keep on running!

Pray

Admit to God if you have hit “the wall.” Ask Him to help guide you through as you face the difficulties in life.

Act

It’s okay to say you want to quit if you know you aren’t going to quit. Rely on today’s Scripture verse to help you in those difficult times. Break through those breaking points, and discover the blessing on the other side of the wall!

Tuesday

March 3, 2015

A cloud of witnesses

Read

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us…” Hebrews 12:1

Think

Every athlete knows that one of the biggest advantages to a home game is the crowd. The cheering fans and hometown support give every athlete an added sense of momentum, another level of encouragement. For the home team, a point deficit isn’t as daunting; a slow start isn’t as detrimental. The support of the fans helps them make it through.

In the race of life, we have the home town advantage. As today’s verse describes, we have a “cloud of witnesses surrounding us.” That cloud of witnesses is full of men and women of faith who have gone before us – people like Abraham, David, Esther, and most importantly Jesus.

Every time we face a struggle; every time we find ourselves lagging in the race and pace of life, we can look to this “cloud of witnesses” for the encouragement that will help us through. Remember, no matter what you are facing, you’re not facing it alone. Trust God’s strategy for your life. Lean in on the support network He has provided. And remember that there are thousands cheering you on!

Pray

Thank God for His Word – where He has recorded the stories of men and women who have gone before you. When you face a difficulty in life, ask God to remind you that you are not facing it alone.

Act

Choose one of the “witnesses” listed above to read about. If you aren’t sure where to look, check YouVersion.com and search for stories about that biblical character. Their stories will encourage you and empower you to make it through whatever you are facing!!

Monday

March 2, 2015

Running the race

Read

“I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13

Think

A marathon is a 26.2 mile endurance-testing, strategy-challenging race. Anyone who sets out to run a marathon knows they cannot just bolt off the starting line and sprint their way to the finish. Instead, they need a strategy that focuses on the finish line and yet keeps up a pace that is sustainable. It’s about running your own race and trusting that your training has worked.

Life is much like a marathon. The great news is that God has set the strategy for us. He has set the pace for us. When we keep His purpose and plan in focus, when we look to finishing the race that He has given to us, and when we rely on His training, we’re able to keep the kind of pace that will get us to the finish line. Trusting God’s strategy allows us to focus on the race He has set before us and to push “forward to what lies ahead.”

Don’t try to sprint through life. Instead, understand how strategy, endurance, and trust in God’s plan and pace are the keys to living – and racing – successfully!

Pray

Thank God for developing the ultimate strategy for life. If you are struggling in the race and having a tough time keeping the pace, ask Him for the discipline to follow His plan.

Act

Read Philippians 3:12-16 to get a full picture of what “running the race” is really all about!