Running the Race of Faith
Trusting God’s Guiding Hand
by J.M. Troppello
Are you running a good race of faith in the Lord? Jude ended his epistle by praising God with the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is able to keep believers from stumbling. I love the note from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) that states, “Note that Jude does not use the word falling, but stumbling. Only a person who is already walking or running can stumble.” It’s a beautiful thing knowing that God is always with you and can keep you from stumbling – when you are continually linked up to the Holy Spirit in fruitful communication. God doesn’t step away from you. Believers, at times, move away from Him in order to follow their own fleshly desires.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25, NKJV)
It is only through the blood of Jesus and His death on the cross and then resurrection, that you are presented faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
I love the words in verse 25. Read them over several times and meditate on them to turn your perspective back onto Him, and not trials and tribulations you may be dealing with. As a Christian, God is your Savior. He is the fount of all wisdom that you should be going to for guidance and direction in your life.
Praise God for how glorious and majestic He is in all dominion and power, both now and forever. When you move through your day in an attitude of praise and worship, that can significantly change your perspective in a positive way – and help you to thrive and not simply survive in this life.
The TNSB gives the following passage of Scripture from Hebrews 12:1-2 as a reference to the passage from Jude 24-25. The note states: “Only God can save us, cleanse us from our sins, and present us to Himself as faultless, for God is the Author and Perfector of our faith.”
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, 2 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)
I love those words from Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He willingly and joyfully died on the cross for our sins. When I truly sit and meditate on that, it still brings such peace and joy to my own heart. I know I will be spending eternity with God in Heaven someday, all because Jesus died and rose again.
Hebrews 12:1 urges believers to lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us – and to run with endurance the race that is set before us. That literally sums up everything. Has anything been weighing you down lately? Give it all to God. Don’t try to carry the weight on your own. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help you not fall prey to sin that can easily ensnare you.
Have you been running well in your race of faith?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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