Are you experiencing the healing, prosperity, and peace that God has promised to you? Perhaps you’ve experienced a measure of it, but there is room for more. If so, I believe I have a message for you that will aid you in your race, and you’ll receive direction to help you get where you desire to be.
Hebrews 12:1-2 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, 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.
In this passage, some have referenced this race to the “race of life,” but have you ever known a race to last a lifetime? Even a marathon, though it is long, has a beginning and an ending. The race mentioned in this passage is referring to a mission, which we can all relate to, and it is connected to the ending—that which is set before the one participating in the race.
Just before this passage, we are exposed to a fire-hosing of the heroes of faith. From Abraham to Moses to Jacob to Joshua, these guys were placed here to remind us that they are witnesses, watching us and cheering us on in our race. If you’ve ever felt alone in your life of faith, remember this—there is an enormous host in Heaven who are cheering you on. The people mentioned in Hebrews 11 knew how to run their race and press into the promises of God.
There are seasons of life that come to everyone, and this is why the promises of God are so vast, yet all-inclusive in provision for every facet of life. There have been times when a certain promise regarding healing has held me steady through a challenging time. This was a race, and as I kept my eyes on the promise regarding healing, I finished that race victorious. At other times, a promise regarding my family was what I needed, and as I kept my attention on it, I once again finished that race victorious.
Take Abraham, for instance. He truly was a man of faith, but God had to work with him to make him see it. The delay of the promise was 100% on Abraham. Although God told Abraham he would be the father of many nations, Abraham responded with, God, what wilt thou give me SEEING I go childless? It wasn’t until Abraham saw differently that the promise of children manifested for him.
Hebrews 6:18-19, That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul…
There are two things I want to bring out in this passage. First, it is impossible for God to lie. Everything He has ever promised you is an absolute, and you can bank on it. Second, in order to walk in the promises that have been set before you, your soul must be anchored in that promise.
In Matthew 14 we find the time when Peter walked on the water. According to the Bible, what was the difference between sinking and swimming for Peter? What he saw. When he kept his eyes on Jesus and His Word, he walked, but when he placed his eyes on the wind, he began to sink. Peter responded to the simple invitation, Come, and this same invitation is extended to you and me.
I have a friend in Brazil who is very successful. Every time I am around him, with tears in his eyes he tells about his mother and what she did with him and his siblings as young children. His father was a very prestigious government official and an adulterer. So, his mother told him that she was not okay with it and was going to leave, and he told her that if she left, she would come crawling back to him because she couldn’t make it without him. Regardless, she left and began working by cleaning and sewing, doing whatever it took to put food on the table for her children. They would sit around this little wooden table, barely making it, and eat meals together. The mother wanted so much for her children, but couldn’t provide it financially, so she would cut out pictures of nice clothing—suits, tuxedos, evening gowns, etc., and show them to her kids. She would tell them, this is what you will wear. She would cut out pictures of lush banquet tables with the finest foods around at the table. She would tell them, you belong at tables like this with fine foods. She would hang these pictures up all around their house to keep their eyes on the life before them instead of accepting their current living conditions as the vision for the rest of their life.
All I can say is it worked. This man lives a very prosperous life, and according to him, it all goes back to the pictures hanging on the walls of his impoverished home he was raised in. His soul was anchored in a prosperous future because he chose to keep his eyes on it rather than accept his lifestyle as a child as his future.
What race are you running right now? Do you need health restored to you? Anchor your soul in Jeremiah 30:17, I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds… Is it financial provision? Anchor your soul in Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all your need… Every promise you will ever need is found in the Word. Dig in! Press in! Keep your soul anchored, and remember it is impossible for God to lie!
This month, I am including this teaching to encourage you in your walk of faith!
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