Pastor Rick Mora

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Running The Race

Running the Race of Faith

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

Matthew 7:13-14

Every time the Bible talks about how many will go to “Hell”, the word “many” is used.

1-The gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt.7:13-14, in the Sermon of the Mount).
The road to Hell is wide, full of pleasures and selfishness…  the gate is wide and many take this road and enter this gate.
2 On that day many will say to me: Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name… (Matt.7:21-23).


3 “Many are invited, but few are chosen”
(Matt.22:14).
4 “Someone asked him: Lord, will only a few be saved?.

He said to them: Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many will try to enter and will not be able… (Lk.13:23-29).

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt.16:26).

2 Timothy 1:1-5

We are creatures of habit. What we do today influences what we do tomorrow. When we are inconsistent today, we make it that much more likely that we will be inconsistent tomorrow. And when we pursue righteousness today, we make it that much more likely that we will pursue righteousness tomorrow.

So remember: No athlete receives the victor’s crown unless his training is consistent. Be consistent!

Paul brings out this idea of consistency in verse 5, where he says no one wins the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. For the ancient Olympic games, the rules governed not only the competition but also the preparation. Athletes had to train hard for ten months — or they were not allowed even to compete for the prize.

In training, consistency is everything. Without consistency, you will never fulfill your potential.

Sometimes the Christian life is presented to us as a one-time conversion, followed by a joyful life of walking with Christ ever after.

Well, that’s not my experience and that was not Timothy’s experience either. Paul’s exhortations to Timothy again and again emphasize persistence, making a continuous effort: He tells him to “keep on fanning into flame” the gift that is within him, “keep on being strong in the Lord.” Later in this letter he will tell him to “continue in the things you know and have become convinced of.”

Timothy was tempted to inconsistency, he was tempted to give up, he was tempted to abandon the hard work of living the Christian life. So am I. So are you.

We don’t live happily ever after following our receiving Christ. Instead, day after day, hour after hour we are presented with the option:

Are we going to follow Christ, or are we going to follow the world?

Are we going to believe Satan’s lie when he says, “Just this once! Just this once! You can be a Christian tomorrow; one day makes no difference!”

Or are we going to be consistent in your training, consistent in your devotional life, consistent in your resisting temptation, consistent in your pursuit of righteousness, faith, love, and peace?

Be Disciplined

I’m using the term “discipline” to refer to parts of our life other than running. For training to reap its maximum benefit, an athlete must discipline his entire life, not just his time on the track.

A well-trained athlete must avoid distractions, must eat well, must get sufficient rest, and must avoid engaging in activities that could result in injury.

A coach may put together a perfect training program, and an athlete may follow that training program to the letter — but if he is not eating well, he will never fulfill his potential.

Runners are faced with many distractions, many enjoyable or pressing activities that can divert them from the pursuit of excellence.

we as Christians face many possible diversions. The author of Hebrews uses a running analogy to make this point to us Christians when he writes, “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.” If we’re running, we don’t want extra weight on our backs, we don’t want our feet entangled with diversions.

We need to avoid all that, and focus on our goal.

Psalm 1:1-6

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Pastor Rick

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Water Bottle

Water Bottle

Living Water

God is looking for water Boy’s and water Girls to serve

The LIVING WATER

The Lord expects us to water others.

Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Imagine that we are at a marathon race. Many contestants are lined up at the starting point, but one especially catches your eye.

He’s in his sixties, but he looks much older. You can tell that his body has endured many hardships. The thought goes through your mind that the old guy could die on the course. You wonder, “Why

is he even in the race?”

But as the race gets underway, you’re amazed that the old man holds his own. In fact, he even pulls in front of the pack. And to your utter astonishment, as you stand at the finish line, you see him

Sprinting far ahead of his competitors.

As he comes across the line,

You expect him to collapse in a heap. But, instead, he turns and trots back to an earlier point in the course where a younger man in his late thirties seems to be losing steam.

The older man jogs alongside the younger man, saying, “Come on, you can make it! Hang in there!

Don’t quit!

If that really happened, I would want to know,

What does this old guy have that I lack?” Clearly, the old man knows something about endurance. He is an example of how to finish well.

I didn’t make up that story. It really happened, but in the spiritual race, not in an actual marathon. We read about it in Paul’s second letter to Timothy.

The apostle was in his sixties, but his body bore the marks of much suffering. He was in a cold, damp dungeon in Rome, about A.D. 67, awaiting execution at the hands of Nero.

There were many reasons that he could have been discouraged even quiet the race.

In 1:15, he writes, “all who are in Asia turned away from me.”

In 4:10, he mentions Demas, whom he had formerly called a fellow worker.

But now he had deserted Paul, having loved this present world.

In 2 Timothy 4:14, he warns Timothy about Alexander the coppersmith, who did Paul much harm.

In the Race of Life

God wants to ask you this morning will you refresh others for me.

2 Timothy 1:16

What Refreshed Paul

1 Corinthians 16:15-18

Philemon 1:4-7

2 Timothy 1:16-18

Onesiphorus was one of Paul’s Spiritual Sons and he loved Paul so deeply and unconditionally that he sought him out in his suffering.

2 Corinthians 7:6

Do you see the example here? God uses people to refresh people.

We see this time of Refreshing in the life of David by Jonathan

1 Samuel 23: 16-17

That was all David needed to hear and immediately his Spirit was Refreshed to go on.

Refresh:

The word Refresh means, to make fresh again.

Refresh” in Greek means to “properly cool off or to relieve.” Paul was refreshed by Onesiphorus’ steadfast, consistent presence in his life.

What makes you fresh?

A cold shower

A good night’s sleep

A week’s vacation

All the above are true and more we can add but let me ask you?

What refreshes you spiritually?

2 Timothy 1:16 Paul say’s for he often Refreshed me.

Onesiphorus name means “profit bearer.”

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to bring joy and blessing to those around us.

Onesiphorus was interested in the lives of others. We can see in Verse 17 that when he went to Rome, he sought Paul out “very zealously.” His life was not consumed with his own concerns, but was devoted to encouraging others.

We need an Onesiphorus in our lives, and we need to be an Onesiphorus in others’ lives.

Let us seek ways to serve and refresh one another.

Who refreshes you, and will you refresh others?

John 4:6

We see the women at the well, Jesus us there being wearied from his journey, sat by the well

Verses 7-15

The women at the well, will you give me a drink?

Other words Jesus asked the women to bring him some refreshment, even thou it was him who was Living Waters.

Jesus asked us as well to bring him something that will refresh.

God has called us to be reservoirs of his love and flowing rivers of living water.

Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

Matthew 25: 31-46

The Lord expects us to water others.

It’s not enough to go through life living for ourselves only.

Proverbs 11:25

Gives a great promise in applying this principle, “And he who waters will also be watered.

One way we can refresh the heart of Jesus is by watering others. Jesus talked about water more than once. He tells us that when we give a drink to others we have done it unto Him.

Let me ask you this Question?

Where are the water boys and water Girls?

John 4:

This woman is considered as a water Girl.

Jesus imparted to her water, that she did not have to draw from an earthly well so that she would never thirst again spiritually.

This living overflowing, refreshing water, gave her the power, the ability, the anointing to serve this LIVING WATER to the entire village of samaria verse 28

The world is saying water boy, water Girl I need a fresh drink of the living water.

The question here again is will you serve the world, the Living water that was given to you, for it will flow out of you, a well of water springing up to eternal life for others.

There are 2 types of people

Those that need the LIVING WATER, and those who will give the LIVING WATER

Which one are you?

Luke 4

Let’s use the verses below to “WATER” ourselves and one another.

MONDAY: And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but

encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is

drawing near.

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

Tuesday: But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and

produce a huge harvest–thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been

planted.” Mark 4:20

(You might want to read the whole parable — Mark 4:1-20

Wednesday: The generous prosper and are satisfied;

those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)

Thursday: God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help

each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings. 1 Peter 4:10 (Living)

Friday: “Bring one-tenth of your income into the storehouse so that there may be food

in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I won’t open the

windows of heaven for you and flood you with blessings.”

Malachi 3:10

Pastor Rick


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