Pastor Rick Mora

Mora in the Word

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


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