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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Fueling Your Engine"

Date published: 09/24/2013
Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV)

By faith, you become a Christian, and by faith, you live your life in Christ. Though faith was the stepping stone into your salvation, it continues to provide the fuel that sustains and propels your life in Christ. The writer of Hebrews tells you that you can more successfully live your life in Christ by throwing off any sins that hinder and entangle you, so that you can run the race God has for you. You may love God, but the memory and habits of sin in your flesh, the allures and pressures of the world, and the temptations of satan will be working to dethrone Christ in your heart.  Since you can only give to God that which you know and recognize, it is important to allow God to constantly sift your life for sin. Be diligent in allowing God to show you areas of entanglement with sin as well as areas where your heart has hardened to the point of not recognizing sin instead of the truth by which God wants you to live. After salvation, you will experience greater freedom from sin by giving these areas of sin to God so that the Holy Spirit is free to work in you. Your life in Christ will still be faced with sin, but God’s increasing habitation on the throne of your life will allow the Holy Spirit to produce the victory of righteousness in you! Throughout this process, you will continue persevering in the race for which you were called – looking to Jesus not only as the Author of your faith but the Perfecter of your faith.  Paul described it this way in Philippians 3:14 – “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Your ongoing act of faith is to believe God is Who He says He is and that He is working for your good and His purpose. Philippians 1:6 describes this walk of faith this way - “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” When you do this, your faith will become one of substance and hope because of the great things God has done, is doing, and will do in your life. Press on! 

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”