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Run To Win : An Encouraging Message For Everyone!

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Run To Win is an Encouraging Message for EVERYONE who wants to move ahead with life in the midst of dire circumstances.

Living the life of a missionary on the remote hills of the Himalayan region (or anywhere on the earth) is so difficult!
It’s possible only by the grace of God.

Life has taught me many lessons, and I would like to share some “Wisdom Pearls” with those who need encouragement, comfort, counselling, and guidance.

The only thing that motivates us to move ahead in ministry amidst trials & sufferings is the Love of Christ that constrains us to serve Him, no matter what.

I feel like the Holy Spirit gave this message for me, but everyone who reads it will be encouraged.
There is always hope and comfort in God’s Word.

Run To Win!

“Don’t you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? So Run to Win”
(1Cor 9:24)

What is the use of running a race for no reward?
We are not called to waste our time, but to invest our lives for eternal rewards.
Run to Win! Be victorious!

“It is impossible to please God without faith. Those who come to God must believe that ‘He is’ (He is there, He exists), and He rewards those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)  

No matter what you do as a believer, without faith you cannot please Him.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds/works is dead” (James 2:26)
Another translation says, “A body that doesn’t breathe is dead. In the same way, faith that does nothing is dead” (GWT)

Faith without works is dead (James 2:17, 20, 26)
Faith without “action” is dead, so add action to your faith (to “dead faith”) to make it alive.
Faith is something you do, not something you think.
Do something to prove your faith. Show your faith by your actions/works.
Faith requires corresponding actions.
Faith in your heart must be visible in your outward actions. This is what pleases God.

God knew Abraham loved Him more than he loved his son, but Abraham had to ‘add action to his faith’ in order to please God (Gen 22)

God knew Jesus would pass every test and overcome every temptation in the wilderness, but Jesus had to do it practically in order to defeat the devil (Mat 4, Luke 4)

Don’t just sit there and do nothing. Kill the spirit of stagnation. Move forward in life, and in spiritual life.
We are called to grow. We are called to flourish.

Work hard, because “there is profit in all hard work” (Prov 10:4, 14:23)

Those who SOW in tears will ‘Reap’ with Songs of Joy (Psalm 126:5)

Don’t look for favourable circumstances. Don’t wait for perfect weather. Just SOW, and Keep Sowing, so that you may REAP a good harvest.
“He who watches the wind (waiting for all conditions to be perfect) WILL NOT SOW, and he who looks at the clouds (at every cloud) WILL NOT REAP” (Ecc 11:4)
“SOW your SEED in the MORNING, and don’t let your hand rest (don’t stop working) until EVENING, because you don’t know which seed will prosper (which activity will succeed, which of your endeavors will do well), whether this one or that one, or whether both will prosper equally” (Ecc 11:6)
Keep Sowing from Morning till Evening.

If you are in business, invest in multiple businesses (Ecc 11:2)
God has given you power to produce wealth, for the advancement of His Kingdom (Deut 8:18)
Earn money and support God’s work, and He will multiply your blessings.

If you are in ministry, serve the Lord joyfully and wholeheartedly.
Be grateful to God for His blessings. Be thankful for His calling upon your life.
There is no higher calling! There is no greater honor!
A great hero of faith said, “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord” (Josh 14:15)   

Overcome laziness!
Overcome spiritual lethargy!
Shine for Jesus!
Come out of your comfort zone! Go extra mile!
Be blessed, and be a blessing!

An average IIT/Medical student studies 18 hours a day.
The people in medical profession sacrifice “good sleep” for the sake of others.
Even the worldly people are so ambitious and have so much passion for their vision & goals.
They do what they love, they love what they do.  

Read your Bible as never before. Fast & Pray as never before. Serve the Lord as never before.
Get back to your “First Love” (Rev 2:4). Love the Lord as never before.  

Don’t make excuses! Life is so precious!

Those who are taking their last breath in the hospitals know the value of life. No amount of money can buy an extra moment of life, so be thankful for the life (years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds that God has given to you freely)

“Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6)

What is your vision? What do you want to do in life?
You must have a clear picture in your heart, and you must pray accordingly.

“Where there is no vision (prophetic revelation), people perish”
(Prov. 29:18)

Ask the Holy Spirit to impart His vision in your heart, the vision that God has for you.
The Bible says, “God has plans for your life, plans to prosper you…” (Jer 29:11)

God gives us ability (special gifts and talents) and desire to do what He wants us to do, to fulfill His good purpose.
Phil 2:13 says, “God is working in you, ‘enabling you both to desire and to do‘ what pleases Him.”
In other words, God is producing in you the desire and the ability (power), to do (to act, to work) according to His good purpose. When we do this, we find true joy, peace, and satisfaction in life.

If God is happy with you, your joy will last forever.

Prayerfully set your goals. God has given you abilities and skills. Educate/Train yourself and polish your skills. Excel in what you do.

Do what you love, love what you do.    

Ask God for angelic help in everything
(Heb 1:14; Gen 24:7; Exo 9:18, 14:24-25, 33:2; Josh 10:11; 2Kings 19:35; 2Chr 20:24; Psalm 34:7)
Angelic help ensures victory, and it is available for everyone in Christ.

2Cor 2:14 says, “God always leads us in victory (in Christ’s triumphal procession)”

“The battle is not yours, but God’s”
(2Chr 20:15)

The battle belongs to the Lord, so the victory belongs to us (because we belong to Him).  

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you take right decisions.
He is our ever-present help (Psalm 46:1)

There are “servants of God” who maintain a pure life, “a disciplined life of Fasting & Prayer and Living in the Word.”
Some of them pray more than five hours a day, and they are shining stars in God’s Kingdom.

Peter and John went to the temple at the “time of prayer” (Acts 3:1)
Daniel prayed “three times a day” (Dan 6:10)
David praised God, prayed and gave thanks, “seven times a day” (Psalm 119:164)
This great king of Israel used to wake up in the each phase of the night to mediate on God’s Word (Psalm 119:148)
He was truly a “Man after God’s own heart” (1Sam 13:14)  

Do you have a regular “Prayer Time”?
Do you have a regular “Bible Study Time”?
An undisciplined soldier is unfit to be in the army.
Be a true soldier in God’s Army!   

You eat three times a day. You have regular ‘set times’ for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; but not for Bible study and prayer.

Deut 8:3 says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (that is “Rhema”).
Man shall live by “Rhema” (God’s spoken Word).

Logos is the written Word of God; Rhema is the spoken Word of God.
God speaks to you (Rhema comes to you) when you read ‘logos’ (Bible) and meditate on it.
This is when you find the faith to live by.
When Peter wanted to walk on the water, Jesus said to him, “Come!”
This “Spoken Word of Christ” was “Rhema” to Peter (not to other disciples), and he walked on the water (Mat 14:28-29)

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the “Word of Christ” (Rom 10:17)
“The righteous shall live by faith” (Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38; Hab 2:4)
“We walk by faith, and not by sight” (2Cor 5:7)

God is the source of all faith.
When the earth was wrapped in darkness, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Gen 1:2-3)
You need this kind of faith to drive away every darkness from your life, and bring the light in every situation.
Where will this faith come from?
The source is God’s Word, the Holy Bible 🙂    

Jesus said, “Have the Faith of God(Mark 11:22, literal Greek)
When you have ‘this faith’ (even the size of a mustard seed), whatever you say ‘in Jesus Name’ will come to pass (Mat 17:20, 21:21; Mark 11:23)
How do you get this faith?
Be with Jesus all the time and please the Holy Spirit 🙂

Remember this:
Man shall not live by bread alone.
Man shall live by “God’s spoken Word (Rhema)” that generates FAITH (Deut 8:3; Mat 4:4)
Man (the Righteous) shall live by FAITH (Rom 1:17)
Without FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God (Heb 11:6)

Now you know the importance of reading the Bible.
Don’t just ‘read’ your Bible, STUDY it. Memorize the Bible verses. Fill your heart with the scriptures.   

Man is not just a body, man is a spirit.
You are an immortal spirit, living temporarily in a mortal body. So, you need Jesus (Bread of Life) for your spirit.
You need ‘spiritual food’ for your ‘spirit’ more than the earthly food for your body.
God made your body “with the dust of the earth,” so your body needs earthly food.
God (who is “Spirit” and lives in heaven) made your spirit “with His breath,” so your spirit needs spiritual/heavenly food.

God created a vacuum in human spirit that only God can fill.
No man can have a true sense of satisfaction until God fills this vacuum in his spirit.

You need God’s Word daily (for your spirit to live), just as you need earthly food daily for your body to live.

If you are only concerned about earthly food, and not about spiritual food, then you really don’t believe in God’s Word: “Man shall not live by bread alone…” (Deut 8:3; Mat 4:4)    

“Arise and Shine! Your light has come” (Isa 60:1)
If you don’t arise, you won’t shine.

Arise! Shine! Live a blessed life! Live for Jesus!

Do something worthwhile!
You have only one life, value it! You have only one race, run as never before.

Run to Win!

Read your Bible as never before. Fast & Pray as never before. Serve the Lord as never before.
Get back to your ‘first love’ (Rev 2:4). Love the Lord as never before.

Maximise your night times’ prayers.
Prayer warriors don’t sleep much; those who sleep much are not prayer warriors.

Midnight is the time for fierce Spiritual Warfare.

“Samson got up at midnight and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two door-posts, and pulled them out…” (Judges 16:3)

At midnight, in the prison, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God; and they were supernaturally released from the prison (Acts 16:25-26)

Jesus spent night times in prayer (Mat 14:23-25; Luke 6:12)
He was awake in the early morning hours.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and went to a solitary/lonely place, and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35)

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for you…”
(Psalm 63:1)

“Those who seek Me early and diligently will find Me” (Prov 8:17)

Samuel and Saul got up early in the morning. Then Samuel called Saul, and anointed him to be king over Israel (1Sam 9:26, 10:1)

David rose up early in the morning (1Sam 17:20), then he went to the battle place and killed Goliath.

You cannot kill goliaths in your life unless you are disciplined in your spiritual life.
Victory in a war is only for the brave and disciplined soldiers.

Yes, there are difficult times to go through. There are trials and temptations to overcome.
Troubles are a part of earthly life which is momentary/temporal.
It’s human nature to worry amidst the storms of life. But, the Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing. Just pray, and thank God for everything, in every situation, and God will fill your heart with His peace that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:6, 7)

“Cast all your cares (anxieties, worries) on Him, because He cares for you”
(1Pet 5:7)

“Cast your burden upon the Lord (leave your troubles with the Lord), and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22)

Know that “God causes all things to work together for your good” (Rom 8:28)  

“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (Eph 6:10).

Be strong amidst the storms of life. When Jesus is in your boat, it will not sink (Mat 8:23-27)

“Have courage! The Lord is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you”
(Josh 1:5, 6, 9; Isa 41:10; Heb 13:5)

Maintain absolute purity and blazing holiness.
Our God is holy (1Sam 2:2). So, we must worship Him in the “beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2, 96:9)
Nothing honors God like a lifestyle of absolute surrender and holiness.

“Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head” (Ecc 9:8)
Oil represents the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Oil is symbolic of the Anointing.
When the Holy Spirit is upon you, you have the “Crown of the Anointing Oil of God” (Lev 21:12)

The Holy Spirit is the “Oil of Joy” (Isa 61:3; Heb 1:9)
When you have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, you have the Oil of Joy.

“You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the Oil of Joy above your companions”
(Heb 1:9)

An unholy lifestyle (compromising life) will rob your blessings, and you will suffer loss, defeat, heartache, and tears. You will never see real victory unless & until you repent.

God is not with those who dishonour him. He is with those who love Him and live for Him.    

Never compromise with the world!
“Friendship with the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4)

Jesus is our role model, and He never compromised with the devil (Mat 4; Luke 4)

Jesus has given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions (evil spirits), and to overcome all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you by any means (Luke 10:19)

He has given you authority over all kinds of demons, and all kinds of sicknesses and weaknesses (Mat 10:1). He has given you authority to drive out every demon, and to heal every sickness and weakness.

He has given you authority and power to destroy the works of the devil.
He has given you authority to bind and lose on the earth (Mat 16:19, 18:18)

He has anointed you to heal the broken-hearted, and to set the captives free (Isa 61:1)
He has chosen you to bear ‘much fruit’ (John 15:8, 16)

Things will happen at your command when you command in Jesus’ Name.
Whatever you say in Jesus’ name, in His will, it will come to pass (Mat 21:21; Mark 11:23; Luke 17:6)
The storms will cease. The obstacles of deeply/strongly rooted trees and mountains will be uprooted (Mat 17:20, 21:21; Mark 11:23; Luke 17:6)

You will decree/declare a thing (decide something), and it will be established for you (it will be done); and light will shine on your ways (Job 22:28)  

God has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2Pet 1:3)
He has given you His Word (Precious Promises); His Authority, Power, Grace, and His Presence.

What else you need?

If the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, you are empowered to be a witness of Jesus to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)
The power of the Almighty overshadows you (Luke 1:35), and supernatural things will happen in your life and through your life. This is the normal Christian life!

Know that God has anointed you to Preach the Gospel (Isa 61:1)
This is the main purpose of the anointing. This is the primary calling of every believer.

Now “Go into the whole world and make His disciples…” (Mat 28:19)

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, expel demons” (Mat 10:8)

Plunder Hell! Populate Heaven!

Those who know their God shall be strong, and do exploits (Dan 11:32)

You are not an ordinary person. You are a “Mighty Warrior” because “The Lord is with you” (Judges 6:12)

“May He give you the desires of your heart and fulfill all your plans” (Psalms 20:4, 37:4)

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)

“Fight a good fight of faith” (1Tim 6:12)
You are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared in advance for you to do (Eph 2:10)
God knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb, and before you were born He set you apart for His purpose (Jer 1:5)
You are born to serve Him.

Have radical faith!

Meditate on God’s Word day and night; be careful to do what the Word says, and you will be successful and effective (Josh 1:7, 8)

Meditate on God’s promises!

Meditate on the scriptures related to obedience, faith, fasting, prayer, giving, healing, deliverance, restoration, authority, power, humility, joy, peace, forgiveness, rapture, and the second coming of Jesus (Jesus is coming very soon; the end of this age is very near).

Meditate on the miracles in the Bible!   

FAST and PRAY as much as you can, if your physical condition allows it. The darkness will depart and the light will come in your life, in your situation (Isa 58)

You will be surrounded with songs of deliverance/victory (Psalm 32:7)
Your mouth will be filled with laughter (Psalm 126:2)
Your mourning will be turned into dancing (Psalm 30:11)

There is so much poverty in Somalia that people struggle for one time meal.
One time fasting is not so difficult. You can do it for many days or weeks or months.

You will not die because of fasting. Your ‘flesh’ will die and you will be strong in spirit. You will walk in spirit, and you will not fulfill the desires of your flesh (Gal 5:16). Your spirit will dominate your flesh.

Those who walk in flesh cannot please God (Rom 8:5-8)

Your fasting does not change God, it changes you. You become humble, and sensitive in your spirit for the leading of the Holy Spirit. You begin to ‘hear’ God’s voice, you begin to ‘know’ God’s will. You find yourself ‘closer’ to God.

The lifestyle of “fasting and prayer” will help you renew your spiritual strength, day by day, and you will soar like eagles (Isa 40:31)

You will be able to please God by your faith and godly lifestyle, and your “God ordained destiny” will be fulfilled.

You will be able to kill every ‘Goliath’ and every ‘Sisera’ (1Sam 17; Judges 4:21, 5:26)
You will be able to uproot every stubborn tree and mountain (Mat 17:20, 21:21; Mark 11:23; Luke 17:6) 
You will be able to cast out every kind of demon (Mat 17:21), because you will have “increased measure” of anointing upon your life. You will have the faith to use your God given authority (Mat 10:1) 

“You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the Oil of Joy above your companions” (Heb 1:9)   

Go ahead with life and ministry in the strength of the Lord, just as a young boy went ahead and killed the giant (1Sam 17)

“The Lord is your strength, and your song” (Exo 15:2)

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh 8:11)

Run like Elijah, in the strength of the Lord (1Kings 18:46)    

Run to Win 🙂

Author: Mark Sapdi
December 5, 2021, SONday