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But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life-a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy.  Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.  1 Timothy 6:11-12  MSG

 

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  NIV

 

i love the way the Message bible puts it… RUN HARD AND FAST IN THE FAITH

to me that says: get committed, be devoted, push in, push in past the pain, keep at it, seize ahold of God

exercise is hard work.  my dad is a marathon runner.  he spends TIME training.  he works his body hard.  he sweats alot.  he has to choose to persevere to finish the race and achieve the goal.  so often we give up when the going gets tough. 

in life we forget to PURSUE the right things, to be INTENTIONAL about living a right life

we give up when the going gets tough and take the easier road

but we miss out on the reward and the achievement

 

so what does this look like in real life?

  • make wise choices
  • spend TIME with God
  • follow the Word of God
  • reject sinful actions and temptations
  • get involved in a church
  • feed your spirit
  • grow your character, esp how you relate to people
  • speak truth
  • be selective about relationships
  • etc etc etc

 

life is more than breathing

its an adventure led by God, to know Him and make Him known

there is reward in pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

we can never EARN God’s love or REPAY His salvation – but there is a lifestyle that pleases Him, responding to Him in love and honour

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ  Philippians 3:7-8

the best strategy for dealing with sin is to fix your eyes upon Jesus.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2

willpower is not enough

behaviour is driven by values.  to change your behaviour change your values – you have to value something/SOMEONE more

the key to dealing with sin is to encounter JESUS

the best strategy to being intentional and running hard and pursuing righteousness is to fix our eyes upon Jesus and to fall in love with Him more and more each day.

lets be INTENTIONAL at this

lets be intentional about the choices we make TOWARDS God and AWAY from distractions and discouragement

lets be intentional about believing God and His promises

lets be intentional about fixing our eyes upon Jesus

what do you do to pursue God and a righteous pleasing life?  how do you run hard and fast in the faith?

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