November 18, 2018 ()

Bible Text: I Corinthians 9:24-26 |

Take it for Yourself                     November 18, 2018


1 Corinthians 9:24-26Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

This is about what this race is, the ones that will win, and why it is only by grace through Paul’s gospel that finishes. Every Christian has the opportunity to win this race. All are born with full potential.

Galatians 4:1Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all.

The DNA of kings, not a temporal crown.  This is the forever, the ones that will rule and reign with Him.

‘Prize’ is only found two times in the Bible (the other verse is Phil. 3:14). The prize is Christ as Bridegroom. God wants us to fall in love with His Son.

Run that you may obtain. This is for one purpose – to win. We don’t run to participate or to try – we’re out there for one reason – to win! Fully purposed.

We’re not uncertain (v.26). Ones that are uncertain are not feeding on Paul’s gospel.

‘Obtain’ means to lay hold and to take it for yourself. Pauls’ gospel is the crowing message.

Revelation 3:11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Christianity today is holding a palm. We have a choice, and we have the Holy Ghost that will give us what we need to win. Abide in Paul’s gospel and be full of the Holy Ghost.

The Word tells me I am my beloveds and His desire is towards me (SOS 7:10). Live that every day. He did this at the cross for you. Take that grace and mercy and it will change your life. When you fall in love you change. He changes us from glory to glory (II Cor. 3:18).

Ephesians 3:18-19May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

‘Comprehend’ is the same word as obtain – take it! Get an attitude of grace.

2 Timothy 4:7-8I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Do you realize how graced you are? You have this message of certainty. This is the mark for the prize. You can be the winner. It is an exact mark, and is so made known in the word of God. Don’t live the “feel good Christianity”, like thinking the whole church is the bride; it will defeat your life. How much of the word of God is true to you? It should be all. The only way to finish and win is Paul’s gospel.

Galatians 1:9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Paul’s gospel gives you encouragement that you are the one. He is speaking to you. Be confident in His bridal love. “Prove me”, He said. What you believe is what you’ll receive; so by the grace of God why not take it all?! This message is about you. It is time. Let this be the day. Obtain – take it for yourself!

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