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The Race We Must Win | Running With Endurance

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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March 10, 2022 3:00 am

The Race We Must Win | Running With Endurance

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March 10, 2022 3:00 am

As a rule, people don’t walk much anymore. Oh, some might do a couple of miles on the treadmill at the gym, but they drove three laps around the parking lot to get the closest parking space. In biblical times, everybody walked . . . a lot! And running? Well, that was the speeding they did when they were late for work. Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie points out how Paul the Apostle offers counsel on how we can run the race of life with endurance, and how we can run to win.

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When you subscribe to pastor Craig daily depots. Learn more and sign, so long as there is something slowing you down. The reason why we want to remove white wing pastor Greg Laurie points out the Christian life is when compared to a long-distance race today finish well don't hang around people to do ungodly. We want what is wrong. We want to run toward what is right. Like my son might do a couple of miles on the treadmill, drove relapse from the closest parking space in biblical times. Everybody will allot running was the speeding they did when they were late for work today on a new beginning pastor Greg Laurie points help. All the counsel on how we can run the race of life, one with the title of the message is the race we must win. It's part of our series were calling happiness. Philippians chapter 2 sojourn there would be if you would Philippians chapter 2 the race, we must win things that sort of slow us down the race of life things that impede our progress. What are they, let's go back out of Philippians 2 and look at verse 14 and 15 and I would point this out, complaining and bickering can hinder us in running the race.

Let me say that again complaining that bickering can hinder us in running the race of life and also impede our happiness and joy.

Look at verse 14 and 15 do all things without complaining and disputing that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. By the way, the word blameless means to be on blame mobile on blame of all the other words people can blame us because we don't do things wrong. It speaks of moral integrity manifesting itself sternal in the second word that is used here is be harmless in a better way to translate this would be inexperienced and evil alike. Inexperienced and evil of this is the person or maybe when the dirty joke is told they don't get it. This is the idea and we are to be without fault. Number three says in verse 15. This means no blemish or indication of disease and ESL.

Greg Elvis is nice you stand up there behind your pulpits and you tell us these things, you know, but I can't live at this level besides God loves me and accepts me so I don't have to live at the level hold on I can be an excuse. Yes, God accept you as you are.

But did you know he doesn't want to leave you that way for a lot of times in the name of God accept me as I am.

We continue in the path of baby sinfulness but we never grow spiritually and we just rationalize it by tape what God except me a lovely as I am.

But God wants you to grow up spiritually. God want to become more like Jesus.

And remember we only read of Philippians 2 it is God that works in you both to will and do of his good pleasure. God will not ask you to do anything he will not give you the power to do the calling of God is the enabling of God and if we live this way. Verse 15 says will shine as lights in this perverse world. Okay, so having said that, knowledge of gears and talk about this race, we are to run very familiar words in verse 12 of Philippians 3, Paul says not that I've already attained from already perfected, but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ is laid hold of me brothers, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind and reaching forward to the things that are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore let us as many of us are mature have this mind if any of you think otherwise, God will reveal this so I started with the idea of the race of life were all in this race we need to run this race to win.

We got a play by the rules, but what principles do we learn here about running the race of life you're taking no tears. Principle number one you must be dissatisfied with where you presently are spiritual Paul says in verse 12. It's not that I have attained from already perfected another translation of verses 12 the 14 would go as follows God saying I have it all together that I haven't made, but I'm on my way reaching out for Christ, who was wonderfully reached out for me.

Friends don't get me wrong by no means do I tell myself an expert in all this, but I have my eye on the goal were God's beckoning us onward to Jesus, I'm off and running and I'm not turning back. You see Paul was satisfied with Christ, but he wasn't satisfied with himself so you think I have a long ways to go. Point number two get rid of extra weight and the things it would hinder you get rid of extra weight. The things that would hinder you. Verse seven what things are getting to me. I counted loss for Christ. Yes, I got all things lost for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ, my Lord, whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Paul say look, I'm looking back in my life I was a pretty accomplished by you know I was raised an incredible family. I studied under Gamaliel II knew culture. I knew languages I knew Scripture I was an intellectual. I was an orator, I was a great debater that stopped to me now. It's rubbish.

That sort of the British were none of the word rubbish, just reddish absolute rubbish. Actually the word that Paul uses. Therefore, rubbish is translated from a word that means excrement. That's what it is to me. All these accomplishments it's like dog dung and the doggy bag. Who cares about it. I don't want it anymore and then he says but I'm I'm laying aside this way.

Hebrews 12 says lay aside the way. In this sin that so easily beset you in the race of life. We don't want excess baggage over running this race. This is hard for me because I am the original pack rat. I overpack.

I don't even want to admit this but I will only go to trip I take more stuff to my wife.

I do and it is just stop it says things you don't need, like, you know, we may need a vacuum cleaner. Let's put it in the suitcase and we need this and we need that in unit five. All the stuff now. Sometimes my wife doesn't have a jacket that you I don't have it. Well I have for in my trunk. So, aren't you glad that I'm a pack rat tonight right but some so you know when I check-in my luggage.

I was cringe when they put it on the scale because I don't skin away too much of the get a look at me, give me that look like and then the little tag that says had been extra so I overpack I take too much stuff. That's just the way that I have one of the race of life we want to run as lightly as possible so you need ask yourself periodically to running this race as you're walking with Christ. Is there someone or is there something that's slowing you down to if I'm on a diet and running and I was a person that likes to eat pizza and Mexican food 24 seven. There are a bad influence on me, it's better if I'm with someone else's on a dime.

Maybe even the same diet doubled, hold each other accountable. But I'll tell you what if I'm watching someone else eat it torment to me. Okay I want what they have.

So maybe there's someone who's a bad influence on you spiritually, you know you're trying to walk with God.

But when you're around them. There's an old come on, chill out, relax.

Let's try this, let's do that.

They're not a good input or there's something that's slowing you down. Maybe it's something you're doing that's impeding your spiritual performance of the book of Genesis we have the story of Abraham. God told him to leave his homeland go to a land that the Lord would reveal to him and also to leave his family and Abraham obeyed sort of.

He brought along his nephew Lot who is like a spiritual dead weight on him and it caused a lot of friction a lot of problems and finally after conflict developed Abraham and Lot parted ways and then the Lord spoke to Abraham again. My point is Lot was a bad influence on Abraham and his or someone that's a bad influence on you or even worse are you a bad influence on someone, don't be that person be a good influence because were running the race and we want to run the race. Well, we want to run from what is wrong.

We want to run toward what is right and we want to run with like minded people in a moment.

Pastor Greg gives you a simple question to ask yourself anytime you wonder if something is impeding your progress in the race of life that's coming right up in such a blessing to hear the pastor Greg's messages are touching lives.

Pastor Greg Agrippa going to church. When I turned 18, mainly rebelling against my mom always forced to go. I'm 52 now and I'm back going to church after all these years I attended my very religious girlfriend have done so for the past year have also been doing a lot of reading and talking to people eliciting different things. One of them was a radio program, a new beginning.

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Here's the 1-866-871-1144 special number for this purpose, 866-871-1144 now. Pastor Greg continues his message from Philippians called the race, we must win. Let's listen. What is the theme of the book of Philippians happiness. Yes, that's the title of the series happiness. Paul refers to it many times at different words, rejoicing, joy, etc. and if you want to be a happy person.

There are certain things you should do and there are certain things you shouldn't do someone sums it up perfectly. It says happy or blessed happy is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, or stands in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of the scornful.

You want to be a happy person. Don't hang around ungodly people who influence you to do ungodly things, but happiness is not comprised merely of what we don't do. That's also comprise of what we do. I don't walk in the counseling of the ungodly, I don't send the way of sinners, but instead I get into the word of God.

It says his delight is in the law or the word of the Lord, and in it does seem meditate day and night, so if you want to be happy.

Stay away from godless people doing godless things leading you away from God and hang around godly people get into God's word. That's were doing here tonight so periodically I have to ask myself the question this thing that I'm doing is it a wing or is it away. Is it a wing or is it away is it speeding me up or slowing me down.

Is it building me up or is it tearing me down. Check this out, but may be a way to one may not necessarily be a way to another lay aside the sin of the weight and the sin that so easily beset you see one thing might slow one person down more than it solves another person down like we have different metabolisms right and some people can eat whatever they want and never gain weight.

I hate those people know I don't. I love them because I'm not to hate. I am to love. I love them but I am upset they have that metabolism I want their metabolism. I mean I used to eat things when I was younger had no effect to me. I after church.

When we're starting our church many years ago there was a take-out restaurant I've mentioned this before, called models.

Anybody remember nozzles while one of you.

It was really good. It was really good take-out Mexican food, so they had a thing called a module combo burrito. This thing was so stinking day it was the size of a sleeping bag.

Okay I was just massive burrito and so after church I would eat it. And even when I'm preaching I'm getting toward the end of my sermon. I'm thinking much of combo burrito much of, burrito preachers think these things trust me so loud.

Yes, I want Lord to bless with much of combo burrito to be done. The church I drive over much of combo burrito even fantastic, no issues, no problems. I couldn't even look at a module combo burrito today I gain weight. Looking at it for sure I would get acid reflux immediately that night I got from acid rock to acid reflux.

It's very sad thing with that somebody else to go. When he died and it wouldn't affect them at all. I say that's not fair. Well I don't know if it's true or not but you just need to know what you can do what you can do okay so just because they can do it doesn't mean you should do it and so you have to ask yourself is something slowing me down. Number three in the race of life we must run with the right mode run with the right motive.

Paul speaks of only one receiving the prize running for the gold if you will marry don't think most Olympians want to win the bronze and the bronze is great at the thought of her won the bronze but the gold better. Everybody knows it's over it's good to put the gold fast because if you win gloating at the top position in the play, the national anthem of your country so you run for the top award, but our primary motive is not running for an award or a reward, but there are rewards promised to Christians but our primary motive is found in Philippians 310, Paul says that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death. That's our motive, that I may know him. The amplified translation, which is an expanded Greek translation states versus follow Paul speaking my determined purpose in life is that I may know him that he defines what that means that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of his person more strongly and more clearly that I may know him. Our mission statement at harvest is knowing God and making him know Paul say my determined purpose in life is to know you notice he says it's to know him. He doesn't say it's to know about.

You need to know about God, but that should not take the place of knowing God. We know a lot about a lot of people. We have a celebrity obsessed culture today. You know media breathlessly follows that there every step. There is a celebrity coming out of Starbucks.

Here's a celebrity going to lunch or as a celebrity going to rehab here they are. Bring a lunch back to rehab and to dinner and back to rehab. And here they are and aren't they wonderful a look at them and you know so we watch them and maybe we follow them on Facebook with a guy I'm friends with them on Facebook. I know them you're not there friend. They have 10 million followers or friend you're not there felt like I know the picture.

They posted you're not there friend you know about the night. A lot of people know about God. Instead of knowing God they can see things about God even see things in Scripture, but is there that deep fellowship in relationship with him.

Jesus said, many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and your name did we not cast out demons in your name. Did we not do wonderful miracles and then Jesus says I will say to them. I never knew you.

You workers of iniquity. I never knew you.

They knew about Jesus, but he didn't know them at all. Number four: a clear objective and focus on life. Paul had a clear objective and focus on life.

Verse 13 this one thing I do.

David of course out of this well. We brought this up only looked in his life recently. He said one thing that I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after the drawl in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Mary Mary and Martha fame also had this one thing in our life. The Lord came over to their home for a meal and Martha was frantically trying to prepare something in the kitchen and she got upset because Mary wasn't helping her and so she complained to Jesus and I love what the Lord says Martha you're so upset about all these details, he says there's only one thing worth being concerned about right now Mary is discovered, it don't take it from her. Martha, I appreciate it. I love your meals. Your fantastic chef. But you know what Mary's tenant tuned into what really matters right now were talking together so if you were smart you to copy Brendan sit down Senate sure you learn something, so sometimes in a world frantic and all these things were doing many things. Let's not forget the one thing sometimes the many things can take the place of the one thing is I've often said the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Principle number five are almost unheard don't look back don't look back, to be retried to run a look over your shoulder behind you more than one race is been lost when the person was in the lead position could not avoid the temptation to see if that other person was there a boom they get the finish line or the ribbon just a little bit before so we can look back. Paul says in verse 13. Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching forward to the things that are for what is it me to forget does not mean you failed to remember. I mean there are things that I remember that I can't necessarily forget when Paul uses this word, forget it means don't be influenced or affected by it any longer and to be effectively forgetting something. I must first be forgiven. There can be no forgetting without forgiveness for the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 315 God requires that which is passed because God forgives and forgets we can do the same. Let me say that again because God forgives and forgets we can do the same because the Lord says their sins and iniquities. While I remember no more of this does not mean that God is having a lapse in memory what God is saying is all no longer hold your sin against you.

In other words, your sins no longer affect your standing with me or influence my attitude toward you again means we break the power of the past by living for pastor Greg Laurie is helping us break from the past part of the strategy for running the race of life successfully and there's more to come as pastor Greg continues this study now if you enjoy these teachings in God's word, one a drop pastor Greg an email and let him know his email address is affect that one output pastor Greg on your prayer list. Pray that God continues to use him to touch lives through these daily studies and if you can invest in this outreach that would be wonderful were completely listener supported. These studies couldn't come your way without the generosity of our listeners yesterday were so thankful for that investment. No matter the amount yeah that's right what is that mean that means give whatever you can give some can give just a little bit and that's okay. Some can give more some frankly can give a lot get what you can give and this will help us to continue this radio broadcast in your area and also look into some new areas in the future. So do what you can do, do it quickly if possible, and in advance.

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