Run To Win, Pastor Boaz Olang

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1Corinthians 9:25-27,“All those who compete in a race use self-control so they can win a crown. That crown is an earthly thing that lasts only a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed. So, I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something-not just the air. I treat my body hard and make it my slave so that I myself will not be disqualified after I have preached to others” 

Runners

Are you a winner or are you a loser in the race of life? You can’t be both.

Christian life is a lot like running a race or playing a game. It requires discipline, training, caching, determination and sheer hard work. There is a goal to be reached and reward to be won at the end of the race for those who win the race.

Just as the goal of any team or individual playing a game or running a race is to win in order to receive a crown, trophy or a reward, so should be the goal of a Christian. We are called to run our race diligently here on earth so we can live victorious life and finally receive the crown that Jesus our master and chief coach has prepared for those who will win the race. There is a wonderful party planned in heaven for the winners. That is why you and I must run and fight persistently against all odds and ends, obstacles, limitations and intimidations of the devil. In our race, the enemy of our soul and a body is the Satan. He has marshaled his fallen demons to resist us on the way so we can give up and accept defeat. Well, the choice to win or be defeated is yours. God has equipped us and trained us as His children for winning. The Bible says that when you train a child in the right way to, to live and run the right way, he shall not forget when he is old (Proverbs 22:6)

God is never a looser. His children should never be losers either. If they chose to follow in the footsteps of the Father and do what the Father teaches and has always done to win they too must win. Satan’s main occupation is to defeat the believers. He can only do that if we let him. If we rise up and run tough, he has no chance of winning championship.

Run to win. Only winners can celebrate victory. Joy is in the camp of winners. Happiness, jubilation, excitement, relaxation and relief, and expectation can only be found with the winners. Losers are gloomy, sad, disappointed, frustrated, and hopeless, in some cases.

I remember back in 2004 NBA how Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship, beating the Lakers. Now this was unexpected. The winning team was being referred to as underdog which stood no chance of winning. But they won. What a celebration of the victory! I watched them shout, scream, jump, hug each other and kiss their trophy. Now that is the spirit of a winner and a winning team. What about you and your team? Are you winning or losing? If you are not excited, thrilled, joyous, celebrating, optimistic and happy with your life today regardless of what happens to you, you are losing the game to the devil. Rise up and play tough. Listen to the coach-the Holy Ghost. Even Jesus depended on His father and the disciples to win. You too must support and seek the support and help of other team members. You can’t win a lone. Don’t forget the supporters and fans who are also eager to see you win. That is why they are encouraging and cheering you to run hard and not give up.  Today, meditate on the words Paul wrote about the Christian race:

“All those who compete in a race use self-control so they can win a crown. That crown is an earthly thing that lasts only a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed. So, I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something-not just the air. I treat my body hard and make it my slave so that I myself will not be disqualified after I have preached to others (1 Corinthians 9:25-27). Let us run to win! Blessings, Boaz

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