I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT)
I want to remain faithful. I want to fight the good fight of faith. I want to run well on the course that you have laid out for me. I want to receive the prize that you have waiting for me on the day of your return. I eagerly await the day that I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Those are very good desires.
Do you have any questions? Do you have any concerns? Yes, I do. Ask me your questions. Tell me your concerns. If being faithful depends entirely on me I have big concerns. Why is that? I’m sure that I will need your help to remain faithful. I certainly will need your help to fight the battles I will face in life. I know for sure that I will need your help to run well the course that you have laid out for me. Yes, you will need my help. You will not be able to fight the battles of life with your own strength. You will not be able to run well without relying on me. There should be no doubt in your mind about two things. What’s that? You will need my help and you will have my help. That’s good.
What will you do to rely on me? What will you do because you will need my help? How often do you think you will need my help? How long can you go without relying on me? Those are all very good questions. I can’t go one step in my race of faith without your help. I can’t fight one battle without relying on you. The second I start relying on myself to fight strong or run well I will be in deep trouble. I will be heading for discouragement and defeat. That’s right. I will come to you to ask for your help. How often? I will come and ask for your help through every moment of every day. I will live constantly dependent how you. I will keep my heart and mind and eyes and life focused on you as I go through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. You will help me to fight strong, run well and keep the faith. You will make me able to receive the prize that you have waiting for me in heaven. Yes, I will. That’s very good.
Lord, I will keep my eyes on you as I fight the good fight and run the race that you have laid out before me. Help me to remain faithful. Help me to fight strong. Help me to run well. Help me to keep all my faith in you. I eagerly look forward to your return. Amen
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