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    WE MUST FINISH THE RACE

    Updated: July 10, 2019 at 12:35 pm EST  See Comments

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    Part of being an athlete is having the ability to endure and not give in. We are saved by grace, through faith, and are eternally secure in Jesus’ hand (Ephesians 2:8–10John 6:39–40). Yet we are also called to ” … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure salvation” (Philippians 2:12–13). Salvation is a work of God, but it is a transformational work that ushers us into a new life in which we are called upon to stand firm and endure (2 Corinthians 5:171 Corinthians 16:13). We remain faithful in the midst of trial (2 Timothy 3:121 Peter 4:12–13John 16:33). We stand against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:10–181 John 3:16–184:7–8). We battle against our own sinfulness (Galatians 5:1). We press on in doing good works out of love (Galatians 6:7–10). In 1 Timothy 6:18–19 Paul instructs the rich not to be haughty or strive for riches but, “to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” As athletes spend themselves toward the goal of Olympics medals, Christians spend themselves with the understanding that our prize is heavenly. It is love for our Lord Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit in us that give us both the desire

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