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Fighting Weight

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7

We pray for the greater things. We pray for the fullness of God to dwell in our lives and oh, how God desires for us to have them. To walk with us as He did with Adam–as He did with Enoch–with nothing standing in the way of pure, holy, and unhindered fellowship. But. There’s that word again. But. We have some very important things to do on our end in order to prepare ourselves to receive.

God has been impressing on me over the last few weeks to get down to my fighting weight. Not physically–although that is important too–but spiritually. We all have things in our lives that keep us from experiencing and walking in the fullness of God that He intends for all of His children. A prize fighter cannot live like a normal person. Any athlete that plans on excellence makes a choice to remove things from their lives that will stand in the way of their goals. What is their goal? To receive the prize.

The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” Run in such a way that you may obtain it. How does an athlete run to obtain their prize? One word. Preparation. They would not have success in any of their races or competitions without it.

An athlete prepares by removing things from their life that would be detrimental to their end goal. Things that are not purposeful. Sometimes that even includes their body hair! (It’s been statistically proven that in a marathon a person who removes their body hair can shave 5.7 seconds off their time. Weird, I know.) So must we. There are things that a nominal person can have in their lives (like body hair, lol) that a person with purpose and intent cannot have. Some things may be OK for someone else that God has said for you not to touch–be it social media, movies, certain books, or the company you keep. We need to make the decision to remove the things in our lives that hamper or completely stop the flow of the Holy Ghost. Preparation also includes continual, daily exercise and eating the proper foods. These are essential. We must feed our spirit by feasting on the Word of God and spending time in prayer and fellowship with other believers and exercising our faith.

God has done his work. His power and fullness is there for us. We have to act. Ephesians 4:22 tells us that we have to put off the old man. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to lay aside every weight and run with endurance that race set before us. God intends for His fullness to dwell in us as it dwelt in Jesus, but we have to decide. We have to come to a place that there is nothing more important. A little extra weight is OK for the purposeless person, but not for us. Not for people who have a fight to fight and a race to run.

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”

Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

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Get Out of Your Way

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:18-19 NKJV

I was in prayer the other day, just seeking God. Asking for more of Him. He told me to stop. At first I was confused but then came to the realization that we can only have as much of Him as we’re willing to crucify our flesh and remove things God asks us to remove. God has already done His part. Jesus finished His work on the cross. The veil has already been rent. He left nothing undone. It is finished. He’s given us all he’s going to give, which is His everything. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us, “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” He’s put it into our hands. We have access to what Smith Wigglesworth had. We have access to what Amy Semple McPherson had. We have access to what John G. Lake had. We have access to what the the early Apostles had. What are we going to do with it?

John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 NKJV. He recognized that for God to increase in His life that his mind, will, and emotions had to decrease. God isn’t going to cause them to decrease or remove them for us. That is what we are responsible for. He will never overpower our own will or make decisions for us in our lives. The only thing standing between us and having more of God is ourselves. The enemy can’t stand in our way and God certainly isn’t going to stand in our way. He wants us to have His fullness in our lives. So it’s time to get out of our own way!

“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 4:20-24 NKJV