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”
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


March 14, 2010 Posted by | Mora in the Word | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Count it all Joy

I count it all Joy as I wait patiently for the Lord

James 1:1-27

Genesis 37:1-36

In Genesis 37 we read the story of Joseph and his brothers in their conspiracy to kill Joseph and cast him into a pit in their attempt to hide their evil plot to remove Joseph from their lives. The brothers sold him for 20 pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites who took Joseph off to Egypt.

Let’s understand that the enemy is the one that will try to take us off to Egypt spiritually.

Egypt is symbolic of slavery, Bondage, Sin and the world.

Israel suffered in Egypt Exodus 1: 11-14

Exodus 2: 23 Israel was in a pit.

The Pit

A pit is recession, lack, doubt, sickness, disease, loss of a loved one, loneliness, etc.

The enemy uses the pit in our lives to hold back our blessings and he tries to kill our spirit, steal our joy, and destroy our testimony.

John 10:10 The thief, takes away, to steal kill and to destroy.

Let me start by saying.

There are 3 ways to get into a pit.

When you’re thrown into a pit.

When you slip into a pit

When you jump into a pit

What is a Pit?

Isaiah 42:22 (A Place where you feel Trapped)

Look at Isaiah 40:1-3 again.

The Characteristics of a pit words like slimy, muddy, miry.

Together these words tell us one critical thing about a pit,

You can’t get yourself out.

Spiritually before Christ we all were in a pit or in Egypt.

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Back to Joseph.

This is what we saw with Joseph, as he was thrown into a pit that he himself could not get out.

Look at what happened to another man in the Bible, the Prophet Jeremiah as he was also thrown into a Pit without cause.

Jeremiah 38:6 but as you read on he is delivered from the pit.

Look at Psalms 69:1-3

We have a real enemy of our soul and it’s not flesh and blood.

We must stand, even when and if we find ourselves in a pit.

Ephesians 6:13 we must stand on solid Ground, stand your ground, the Apostle Paul says and after you have done everything, to stand , Stand on God’s Word.(Amen)

Psalms 40:1-3

How do you react when you are thrown into a pit that you have not dug?

How do you respond to those who have thrown you in, who have ill feelings toward you?

Who wants you out of the way?

We see that in the beginning of time with Cain and abel right.

Genesis 4:1-8

Cain had odd with Abel, anger, jealously, whatever the reason Cain said to himself I want Abel out of my Life.

Do you have or have you had this experience in your Life?

How have you reacted, or maybe you’re not doing well at the moment.

We see this with the brothers of Joseph.

Genesis 37:4-5 let’s go there again

Jealousy leads to division and deep animosity. Verse 4

They conspired against him to kill him. Verse 18-20

They said Look at this dreamer; the brothers’ comment is full of sarcasm. Verse 19

They threw him into the pit. Verse 20 vs 22 vs 24

And finally to really get rid of Joseph they sold him for twenty shekels of silver. Verse 25-28

Wow what a Drama in Joseph Life, maybe you have a story like his.

At the age 17 things started to go wrong in Joseph’s life, maybe in your case it was before 17 or in your older years.

I have Good News!!

While Joseph’s brothers were plotting to take him out, at that same time, God dispatched a team of deliverers, the Ishmaelites to come to his rescue (verse 25).

This is great proof of God’s sovereign wisdom and power over our lives.

He is our provider, healer, comforter, protector and redeemer!

He knows just what our pit looks like;

But! He is the one who takes care of us, just as He did with Joseph.

But remember our responsibility is to stand on the Word of God and trust in the Lord.

Then He will take care of the rest.

He has a plan,

Purpose and destiny that he has made for our lives.

The Pit Is Not The End Of The Story

In Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He has plans for you and His plans are to prosper you! His plans are NOT to harm you! His plans give you hope! And His plans give you a future! So look up out of that pit because your future is up – not down there in the pit!

John 10:10

Jesus’ promises us abundant life, which begins already in the here and now.

Jesus calls his followers you and I, not to a lifeless, miserable existence that squashes human potential, but to a rich, full, joyful life, one overflowing with meaningful activities under the personal favor and blessing of God and in continual fellowship with his people.

To have that you have to count it all joy!!

James 1:2-8

Count it all Joy, the Best is yet to Come!!!

Pastor Rick Mora


December 6, 2009 Posted by | Mora in the Word | , , , , , , | Leave a comment