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13 June - Run Fast

I had a vision a few years ago where I saw this large green hillside and Jesus was there loudly cheering me on as I ran up the hill.

He was yelling, “Run, run really fast, and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing around you; just run into all that I have for you”.

He was excited and was jumping up and down as he ran alongside me on the hillside, much like spectators do alongside the track of a road race or cross country.

This vision has stuck in my mind, plus its accompanying message to Run! Perhaps because we often do anything but run when it comes to our lives. We can just plod! We plod along through the challenges, constant little dramas, difficulties, and other people’s stuff; and we far too often get bogged down in it all.

But I don’t think being “bogged down” was ever God’s plan for us. He actually says the exact opposite in His word and encourages us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And to run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2).

Plus, when you feel like you might be growing weary and going to lose heart don’t give up but look at Jesus and His example of persevering even through opposition and difficulties.

God created us to run through this life. He promises assistance when we choose to draw our strength from spending regular time with Him, and as we learn to wait and find renewal in His presence. The Bible says, “Do you not know that in a race the runners run but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize”. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint”. (Isaiah 40:31)

God made you to run, to run well and strong and with endurance until the finish. He has given you all the capacity to be a “spiritual marathon runner”, so l encourage you to determine to start running your race to the best of your ability knowing that God is with you.

Choose carefully what and whom you are running to and into. Jesus and all of heaven are cheering you on to run and to not get bothered or distracted by those things that are around you. Determine to run your race well, and to make it one in which you seek after and pursue that which is of true and of lasting value! Run today and run fast!

“Even youths grow weary and faint but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”. Not only that it says that “God gives power to the faint and to those who have no might he increases strength”. (Isaiah 40:29-31)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you give me the power to run. Today I choose to look up, to fix my eyes on you and your promises, and to run into the plan you have for my life. Please help me not to get “bogged down” in the inconsequential things of this world when you want to show me all the mysteries of heaven and the universe. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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