The Race and Pathway to enter Eternal Life
By C. Marie, author of The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies, www.theholyspiritacts.com
Life is a hard struggle where we constantly have to suffer and deal with different types of stressful confrontations that keep coming to us on constant flowing machine-like belts that unfortunately get presented to us, individually.
No matter what we go through today, 100 years from now, if Resurrection and Judgment Day had not happened yet, our present life’s problems, conflicts, stressors, and crisis will not mean one single thing, as life continues to go on for others.
Once we pass on from this realm, to the next, we leave time and enter the eternal. The question for us then will be whether we lived our individual lives for Christ? Or did we each live our lives for ourselves?
St. Luke 9:23, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Have our names been written in The Book of Life, or not?
Revelations 20: 12-15, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
With the lives we lived overall, as we should assume that it will be over for us 100 years from now, what will only matter then is the question of whether we carried ourselves in ways that was worthy of Eternal Life, or Eternal Damnation?
1 Thessalonians 5:22, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
Colossians 3:1-4, 8-10, 12-13, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Romans 14:10 and 12, “for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
2 Peter 1: 4-11, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
We are to view life as a path that we each walk on, and one lap in a race that we all have to run.
Believe it or not, we are each walking in 2 distinctive pathways. One is the straight and narrow. The other is the crooked and broad.
St. Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Proverbs 4:23-27, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”
We are also running in a race in life. The length of the individual courses varies from person to person, as some people live longer than others. In the race, different types of distractions, crisis, problems, conflicts, and circumstances will be ahead, behind, and on both left and right sides of us each. See them symbolically as fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, homicides, robberies, sinful temptations, wild and untamable animals, as well as thunderstorms.
While we experience different unwanted confrontations that get thrown at us, we always have to keep ourselves in check, stay focused on the Holy Spirit, keep upright and mindful of God in order for us to prevent stumbling in the race.
Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Hebrews 4:1-11, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it… There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 5:24, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, Longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:”
2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 and 18, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
James 1:12, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 1:6-9, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
Regardless of what gets presented to us, we must toss our own emotions aside and remind ourselves that it must be “more Christ” and “less ourselves” whenever we speak and do anything.
St. John 14:21 and 23, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
1 Corinthians 6: 17 and 19, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit…What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not of your own?“
Hebrews 2:11, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,”
1 Peter 4:11, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ,…”
Colossians 3:17 and 23-24, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Hebrews 12:14-15, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
Yes, there will be plenty of days when we are exhausted, broken, and in pain. But we cannot allow ourselves to focus so much on the unwanted life experiences so much to where we forget that life itself is only a dot, while being lived in the realm where everything is measured on a timeline.
St. Luke 18:1, “… men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
Psalms 55:22, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Psalms 90:4, “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”
2 Peter 3:8-9, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Let us walk the straight and narrow pathway, in ways that God views as being praiseworthy and honorable to Him.
1 Peter 1:15-17, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:”
James 4:4-5, “…, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:21-23, “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”
1 John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
In the track of life, let us also run our single lap in ways that will be judged by God to have been experienced with the Holy Spirit involvement.
Philippians 2:12 and 14-16, “…, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Hebrews 12:1-3, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
Proverbs 3:5-8, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
While we deal with life, let us always pray for ourselves.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”
Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Let us constantly keep other people in our thoughts and prayers, particularly for others to be Spirit-filled while they walk their pathways. Also, for others to run their lap while their lives are lived for the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself from time to time through their mouths and hands as they deal with life meantime.
James 5:16, “… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Let us faithfully live by The Scripture, always strengthen our faith in God, and constantly mature our relationships with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:17-18, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
2 Corinthians 5:7, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
St. Matthew 4:4, …Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Proverbs 7:2-3, “Keep my commandments …, and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”
James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves …”
Let us also love others enough to where our prayers for them and observed lives influence them to accept eternal Life through Christ too.
1 John 4:7-8, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
James 2:8, “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.”
James 5:19-20, “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul…, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
St. Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Regardless of what we experience in life, let us acknowledge the eternal reward of Life and Paradise.
Romans 13:8-14, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
St. Matthew 6:14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Romans 8: 14, 16, and 18, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God… The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: … For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:”
St. Matthew 5:39-48, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I 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.”