3 Keys to Starting, Building & Sustaining Momentum to Run Your Race & Finish Your Crown with Joy

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:38-39)


SOMETIMES YOU MAY HAVE FELT LIKE YOU HAD OR DO HAVE (GREAT) MOMENTUM, WHILE OTHER TIMES YOU MAY FEEL LIKE YOU AREN’T SURE WHAT TO DO NEXT.  THIS IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF THIS POST. THERE IS SIMPLICITY IN CHRIST.


RUNNING OUR RACE IN AND FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD REQUIRES BOTH GETTING STARTED, CONTINUING IN THE RACE, AND FINISHING OUR RACE AND CROWN WITH JOY.

BY GOD’S GRACE AND TRUTH AND THE WISDOM CONTAINED IN THE WORD, THESE ARE THE KEYS THAT HAVE ALLOWED ME AND DO ALLOW ME TO RUN MY RACE AND ABOUND IN MY CALLING EVEN AS I SEEK THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. THESE THINGS ALSO HELP PROPEL YOU FROM FAITH TO FAITH AND GLORY TO GLORY, EVEN AS BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.  PERHAPS EVEN MORE EXCITING IS THAT YOU WILL ALMOST NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT “STIRRING UP THE GIFT” INSIDE YOU.

YOU CAN LIVE IN A PERPETUAL STATE OF FLOWING WITH GOD’S SPIRIT WHERE HIS THOUGHTS AND SPIRIT MOVING INSIDE OF YOU IS KEEPING YOU FLOWING CONSTANTLY.

OUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS AND DO THEM DAILY WILL ABSOLUTELY DETERMINE HOW FAST, HOW FAR, HOW FRUITFUL YOU ARE AND WILL BE AS YOU ENJOY THE FRUIT OF GOD’S LABOR IN YOUR LIFE.  

DOING THESE THINGS IN AN OF ITSELF PRODUCES LIFE.  YET, THE COMBINATION OF THESE THINGS WILL ACCELERATE YOU FASTER AND FASTER, IF YOU ARE WILLING TO RUN IN THE SPIRIT.  IT WON’T MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE BIOLOGICALLY.  YOUR LEVEL OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD AND SPIRIT WILL ULTIMATELY DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE FOR THE KINGDOM AND GLORY OF OUR GOD.  

JESUS IS WITH YOU.  THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL LEAD YOU.  THE WORD OF GOD WILL INSTRUCT AND EQUIP YOU.  THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES IN HEAVEN ARE CHEERING FOR YOU.  

WILL YOU WALK OR RUN?  

THE WORD OF THE LORD WILL BREATH LIFE INTO YOU, SO CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO IT AND LISTEN FOR IT.


#1 – Start Every Day with the Our Father Prayer 

It’s a model prayer, but it contains everything we need to START OUR DAY AND HIT OUR STRIDE without slowing down:

God’s kingdom (manifested among us locally, as well as globally)

God’s will in our lives and on the earth just as it is in heaven (think about that).  

God’s daily bread (bread of life to feed our spirit and our natural provision).

We pray for forgiveness.  This alone may be holding up multitudes of believers who struggle to forgive. If you are going to walk with God in the Spirit, let alone run, you don’t even have time to waste with Satan’s low-hanging fruit in attempt to derail you.  (Intercession for others is your greatest pro-active weapon against the enemy.  We’re in a war, enlisted in the army of Christ.  Keep on the full armor daily. We need the shield of faith knowing whom God is with us, but intercession is one of THE GREATEST WEAPONS WE HAVE. Intercession sets the stage of life rather than reacting to the plans of the devil).


#2 – Plan Far Enough in Advance to See Afar Off

Begin where you are.  To him that knows to do good and does not do it, it is sin (missing the mark).  Plan the path of life.  Jesus said, “Few find it”(Matthew 7:14).  Yet it’s this path that causes you to walk and even run with clarity.  

The word of God is a lamp unto our feet, but finding and establishing ways to do the truth in our life is like putting on high beams.  So if the word of God says “husbands love your wives.” Then plan on sending her text messages every day, go out of our way to help her, don’t wait for her to ask us what we need with, etc.  You get the point.  The word of God gives the commandment.  How we plan on doing the truth (in order to do it) gives us path of life.  

I have used many “tools” to plan over the years. This is especially helpful when considering all areas of our life and ministry.  Sometimes pad and pen or pencil, other times excel spreadsheets, sometimes hierarchy charts. God knows I need the right tools to organize my thoughts and plans of where I see and discern the Spirit of God leading me and those whom we are in fellowship with, both locally and in the larger picture.  

Nonetheless, I have found that when I have planned far enough in advance, I have enough light and momentum to see “afar off”.  In fact in 2 Peter 1:5, when Peter said give all diligence to “add to your faith virtue”, (virtue is a course of thought)  This is why planning this “course of thought” is the first thing we add to our faith.


#3 – Continue Instant in Prayer, Especially for These Things

We have not because we ask not (James 4:2).  Yet, after praying the “Our Father” prayer in the morning, over the past few years my prayer priorities throughout the day often range from being blameless and above reproach, to accomplishing certain things for my family-God’s kingdom-our local ministers, to preparing for the upcoming season, to praying for the salvation-sanctification of billions, to the body of Christ being equipped to walk in her eternal destiny in fullness, or praying for ministers specifically by name and their spouses.  

I care about every single one of God’s ministers and people so much I wish I could let each of you know how much each of you and your wives (and family) means to me.  

You are God’s chosen. When God looked at the end of time, He chose you to be here. My passion and prayer is for your perfection, even as I pray that God is perfecting all of us.  

And not just perfection, but really “hitting the mark – unlike this world has ever heard, seen, felt or experienced before, that we God’s His ministers and people walk in the fullness of His holiness, glory, anointing, power, authority, wisdom, understanding, knowledge & plan.”    

In fact, these are the very words I pray for as often as I think about it daily.  We are Christ’s body.  We are the image of our Lord and of our God.  

This world deserves and needs to see unequivocably HOW GREAT the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is and just how much Jesus accomplished on the cross for all mankind.  Eternity is standing at the door.

But this manifestation of God, His will and His work needs to go beyond any generation of saints who ever lived.  Even Jesus said we would do even greater works in His name. 

Greater in EVERY WAY, EVERY DAY, EVERY THOUGHT, EVERY ACT.

And when I think about ministers, ministries, and people of God seeking and moving quickly and vigilantly in response to God and His prophets -like Rod Parsley who by God’s office of an apostle planting 27 churches by this September

…or Benny Hinn’s school of ministry to equip saints for this call of God

…or Billye Brim leading the crusade of “First of all” to pray for our president and elected leaders

…or Hillsong “Let Hope Rise” turning movie theatres into worship centers.  The grace, creativity, and power of God is endless.  

…To these and TO ALL, BOTH GREAT AND SMALL, known or unknown who are abounding in the work of the Lord – Run! Run! Run! Blast the gates of hell with the praise of God! Let the kingdom of God reign, reign, reign!  LET HIS TRUTH STAND STRONG!

 

2 Corinthians 6 – Don’t be restricted by anything, but be free in Christ to manifest God’s Name and Presence Everywhere!!!

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he says, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, OUR HEART IS ENLARGED. 12 You are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.

When I see or hear of these things, I see GOD ALMIGHTY FLOODING THE EARTH.  GOD’S PEOPLE PREPARING.  GOD’S PEOPLE READY FOR WHAT GOD IS DOING.   Noah may have built the ark, but the ministers of God are the branches of the Kingdom of God.  The people of God are the carriers of His glory. Arise and Shine!

God’s name will be great among the heathen.  His name will be manifested in all the earth.  Let the gates of heaven open up with a welcome of saints who have changed the entire globe, from “head to toe” with the gospel and kingdom of our God. May heaven welcome billions of people saved, sanctified, and people of God who walk in so much truth, righteousness and holiness they could enter in and dwell in the very courts of our holy God.  

And it will take EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD to be part of this, both for themselves and families, and for those in their sphere of prayer and influence.

This world should be filled with Jesus Christ, and His righteousness that His own blood paid for.  His righteousness should run through the streets like a mighty stream.  His manifested works should reign through every news channel and television station.  

His peace should fill every home and every family.

The Spirit of the Lord should and will be flooding the earth.  For our God is greater than all.

Moreover, the revelation of God’s word revealed to me a few years ago about how God wanted to bring all His ministers and people “into the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man unto the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

I began praying 3-4 times per day passionately about this for over a year.  This was a prophecy that would and must be fulfilled.  Not only this, but Jesus will fill ALL THINGS in this earth and His body in the earth is the vehicle.

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 TILL WE ALL COME INTO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, and OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

There were other revealed scriptures God began to reveal, but the fulfillment of God’s word, “every jot and tittle” as Jesus calls it is my life.  Jesus is the word become flesh (John Chapter 1).  I have sought to do the word of God for years.  

By God’s grace, I am not just interested in doing God’s word, but fulfilling it.  Just as Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies and knew He was supposed to, so to this has been my prayer for the past few years.  

Not only am I interested in fulfilling the body of Christ, but this entire generation of believers and ministers. God has called us to fulfill Romans 8:19 which says,

For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD.


A Word of Encouragement

Philippians 4:1-9

1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. 

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Sal, Servant of the Lord

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