40 Days of Prophecy - January 16, 2016 - An Imperishable Crown

Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:

Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

The Christian life is like a race, one that is designed to be won. At the end, there is a reward waiting for us.

According to verse 24, how should we run the race?
What does the athlete exercise to win the race (vs.25)?
What type of prize does the winner receive (vs. 25)?
What did Paul do so that he would not be disqualified from the race (vs.27)?

"In the time the Bible was written, a wreath of woven vines was given to the winner of athletic events. We have an imperishable crown waiting. Picture your life as a race. Set your site on the crown God has for you. Then, at the end of your life you can confidently say like the apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Apply God’s Word to your life:
· What is one thing that is hindering your spiritual race that you will lay aside today?
· Evaluate your life. Where to you need to be more diligent and disciplined?
· Run today to win the race of life.

Father, thank you for saving me. Help me to run Your race. Help me to lay aside what hinders my race. Give me the strength to fight the good fight today and to live faithfully and joyfully for You. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."  Hebrews 12:1-2

"Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops."  2 Timothy 3:3-6


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