The Christian Race of Life
This study has been one of the Greatest Help to me in my Christian Race of Life, having been Saved by Grace at the age of 17, and now am 62 years of age; because it presents to me the concept of not letting the people surrounding me, have so much of an influence upon me, that it produces a hindrance to my Christian Race.
I’ve said many times to my self: if the people I know do not want to go forward in the Christian Race or even if they are not even in the Christian Race; am I suppose to stop my Christian Race?
And the answer is NO!!! Whatever other people do or not do, is their business and their Journey. It’s none of my business…
Most of the people in my Life have actually been nothing but a hindrance in my Life and very, very few have really been any help to me and that is a very, very normal attribute of the human nature of all people. I’m not downplaying humanity, I’m simply explaining the overall actions of the Earth Nature of humanity…
These Sermons deal with the “Christian Race of Life”.
Click on the number at the end of the Title, it is a link to the Sermon in the MP3 Format.
47. The Christian Race – Part 1…47
48. The Christian Race – Part 2…48
49. The Christian Race – Part 3…49
461. Running the Christian Race….461
462. Keep Pressing Forward….462
479. The Christian Way of Life….479
771. How have you ran the Spiritual Race….771
2343. Being Saved & Running the Race…2343
2365. The Christian Running a Race…..2365
Also, the Sermon #771 has to deal with a subject about the “Sin of Life.”
Don’t let what surrounds You – Hinder Your “Christian Race.”
Hebrews 12:1-2. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Greek word definitions:
1. Lay aside every weight : to put off or aside; to put off from oneself, whatever is prominent, protuberance, bulk, mass, hence, a burden, weight, and encumbrance.
2. Easily beset: well-planted all-around, describing what is encompassing (encircling), i.e. surrounding, “wholly around”; a serious hindrance that “encircles” (hampers) someone who desperately needs to advance. Easily surrounding, encircling and easily distracted. Well standing around, i.e. (a competitor) thwarting (a racer) in every direction.
The Greek word also includes the definition of: A tumor.
Neoplasm (from Ancient Greek: νεο- neo- “new” and πλάσμα plasma “formation, creation”), is an abnormal growth of tissue, and when also forming a mass is commonly referred to as a tumor.
1. Swelling, one of the cardinal signs of inflammation; morbid enlargement.
2. Neoplasm; a new growth of tissue in which cell multiplication is uncontrolled and progressive.
3. A tumor is a mass of abnormal tissue.
It has been my personal experience, having lived for now for 58 years, at the time of this posting; that most of the things and People in life are like a tumor…
“Most People” and Things of this Earth Life are nothing more than an Unhealthy Growth that consumes the very Essence of Life out of a person.
Most “Human Beings” are similar to a Leach, a Flea and a Tick. Their purpose is to get whatever blood they can from their victim and leave some poison as a byproduct. The same concept goes for a great many “Things,” that surround us in life. You can put whatever you desire in the blank…
These “Things” have the purpose of filling your life, so much that it takes away your time from the Spiritual things of GOD!!! In other words, if you are not careful, the “People and Things of this Earth Life” will cause you to spend so much of your Time of Life, that you will miss out on the Spiritual Graces of God!!!
I will say to anyone reading this; if you don’t understand what I referring to, then you are truly living in a dream world. You are simply trying to paint a picture of a Life that is made up like a TV Show. It’s all fake!!!
As Much as Possible, Don’t let the “People and Things of life” keep you from running forward in the Christian Race of Seeking after a Spiritual relationship with the “Eternal Being One God”.
If you let the “People and Things of this Earth Life” consume your thoughts and daily life, then you are making a most serious mistake, because such things will naturally draw you away from GOD, just because they are Earthly.
It’s the “Earthly Minded People and the Earthly Things” that draw you and keep you from seeking any interaction with the Spirit of GOD….
What is this “Christian Race of Life?”
The best way to explain this question is simply list some Bible Verses. Read them and then you will be able to understand what your life should be like…
 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
 Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
 For our God is a consuming fire.