“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