HOW TO FINISH YOUR RACE

finish your race

Hebrews 12:1-3 says, “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, 2 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. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

There is a race set before every Christian. It is the prescribed course for our life or path of God’s purpose for our life. It is the assignment, will of God, and work we are gifted by Him to do with the time He has given us on Earth. We did not get put in a race just to start but to finish it. We will face things in this life, in the race set before us that we cannot get out of, run from, or avoid. What we need is endurance. There’s four things in these verses from Hebrews 12:1-3 that help us endure:

1. REMEMBER THE WITNESS OF THOSE WHO FINISHED THEIR RACE v.1.
They made it, finished their race, and so can we.

2. PUT OFF SINS THAT EASILY ENTANGLE & REMOVE WHAT’S ON YOU THAT’S UNNECESSARY v. 1.
Weights are not sins but things we are free to pick up or put down but they encumber our life; everything that gets in the way to impede our movement forward; unnecessary things that swell to consume our time/talents/resources.

3. RUN WITH ENDURANCE, HIS VICTORY IS BEHIND US & HIS EXAMPLE IS BEFORE US v. 1, 2.
Grace for endurance flows from His victory. Endurance (longsuffering/patience) is a part of the DNA of our new creation spirit.

4. KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO NOT GOING THROUGH v. 2, 3.
People who give up or quit tend to focus only on what they are GOING THROUGH but people who endure focus on what they are GOING TO Heb. 12:2, 3.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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2 comments on “HOW TO FINISH YOUR RACE
  1. Publius Huldah says:

    Thank you. That is very helpful. Slap my hand the next time I complain about the task I was given. I’m printing it out and putting it in my purse to carry around.

    • John Rasicci says:

      Bless you, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and watching your video as well. Especially like “God’s Gift of Unalienable Rights & Article VI of the Constitution: The Sword & Shield to stop the islamization of America.” It is excellent!

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