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Day Five: Run to Win – Pray to Win!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV) - “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Ephesians 3:14-21 - “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Serious athletes who really want to win will exercise self-control in every area of their lives. Paul also wrote that they do it for a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Paul also applied this to his own life and said that he did whatever it took to preach the Gospel in such a way to win the prize. Paul’s heart cry for the church then and for us today is that we too are to live in the same way, with self-control, but we’re in a different race! We’re in a different stadium therefore the race we’re on has different parameters and a different goal.

Why does this all matter? It matters because we don’t have to live aimlessly or drift around getting nowhere in our Christian lives. Like Paul, we have been saved by Jesus Christ and entrusted with the Gospel - with proclaiming the Gospel through our lives by being led by the Spirit and walking in the Spirit. We have been entrusted with the love of Jesus Christ to minister to others. We are called to diligently and intentionally seek the Spirit’s empowering in every area of life. We are called to run to win and it is made totally possible through the empowering self-control the Spirit brings to us. Therefore we can now also ask of God in such way to win. We can pray to win.

Today, using Ephesians 3:14-21 as our guide, pray for the church, pray for all the ministries and campus fellowships - may God fill us with His Spirit that we may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and with His self-control immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us that we may run to win as many as possible for His glory!

Day Four: The Way of the Gospel, the Way of Christ, the Way of Love.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Day Three: We Can Change!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Day Two: By What Power?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Day One: Nothing Compares to God’s Embrace

Monday, April 27th, 2015