1. STRENGTH is effective use of POWER. The rise and fall of nations and civilizations is a POWER EQUATION. The breath in your nostrils is driven by STRENGTH and when it fails you die. When a business loses STRENGTH, it crashes. Failure of any sort is proof of little or no STRNGTH, as the Bible says: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, THY STRENGTH IS SMALL [Proverbs 24:10] This is the ultimate season of adversity as the world staggers from distress to confusion and; “MEN’SHEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” [Luke 21:26] The faithful and faithless are weary and faint in excruciating pains of a world tottering to disaster. Living and enduring FAITH is scarce and many fire-spitting bishops, pastors and disciples are FAINTING and not a few have traded spiritual gifts for material gain. As we turn the last lap of time, those who trust in the Lord gasp for FINISHING STRENGTH to run and obtain the crown of glory. These are perilous times, let him that has ears listen to what the Spirit says: “…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 [Hebrews 12:1]

2. Life on earth is essentially a race to ETERNITY. King Saul started well, got a new HEART and “…the SPIRIT OF GOD CAME UPON HIM, and he prophesied…” [1 Samuel 10: 9-10] He spoke in tongues but that was not enough to FINISH STRONG. Towards the end of his race, he was disconnected from God and sought FINISHING STRENGTH from a witch, saying: “… SEEK ME A WOMAN THAT HATH A FAMILIAR SPIRIT, that I may go to her, and enquire of her…” [1 Samuel 28:7] He FAINTED in the day of adversity’ lost his soul, kingdom and three sons, in one day! [1 Samuel 31:6] The MAN in Christ was exhausted at the tail end of His race and said: “…Father, if thou be willing, REMOE THIS CUP FROM ME: nevertheless NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE [Luke 22:42] Where Saul FAINTED, Jesus Christ held on to God and was refreshed with FINISHING STRENGTH, “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him” [Luke 22:43] FINISHING STRENGTH to run and apprehend ETERNAL LIFE is in God, and not the property of any man or religious organization. It neither be bought nor transferred from one man to another. FINISHING STRENGTH comes from God and is yours by FAITH in Jesus Christ, to accomplish His purpose according to His vision

3. If you are RUNNING, RUN with PURPOSE. God has a PURPOSE for your life. God’s PURPOSE is a MISSION, separate from personal ambitions or duties assigned by your pastor. It is your assigned place, as a LIVELY STONE in the body of Christ, as it is written: “Ye also, as LIVELY STONES, ARE BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” [1 Peter 2:5] Finding and keeping your location in God’s “SPIRITUAL HOUSE” is the ticket to FINISHING STRENGTH. If any man RUNS outside his God-approved MISSION, he is disconnected from FINISHING STRENGTH. As LIVELY STONES, there is a specific place to be located in Christ, as “…. APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS [Ephesians 4:11] Whatever your office, the MISSION is to reflect the true IMAGE and LIKENESS of Jesus Christ. In doing so, let us “offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God” in the manner of Jesus Christ; “…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” [Hebrews 12:2]

4. RUNNING the RACE without VISION is like a car running at top speed without a driver. God has a VISION for MAN, beginning from the womb, to ETERNITY. God’s VISION is for man to grow and mature into the fulness of the stature of Christ, who is the brightness of the glory of God and; “…the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…” [Hebrews 1:3 & Ephesians 4:13] Those who RAN before the birth of Jesus Christ did so according to the VISION of Christ received by the prophets. The SAINTS who saw and witnessed His resurrection were blessed, but we shall be GLORIFIED. This generation is the beneficiary of the fullness of God’s VISION, for we shall see the “…SON OF MAN COMING IN THE CLOUDS of heaven with power and great glory” [Matthew 24:30] This is PRESENT TRUTH and a SURE WORD of PROPHECY [2 Peter 1:19] Beloved, it is not enough to RUN, we must RUN in full understanding of the present time and season. Let us RUN, like the; “…children of Issachar, which were men that had UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIMES, to know what Israel ought to do…” [1Chronicles 12:32] Let us RUN as men who know that the Lord will return “AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT” [1 Thessalonians 5:2]

5. This generation is the LUKEWARM Church, that says: “… I AM RICH, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that THOU ART WRETCHED, and MISERABLE, and POOR, and BLIND, and NAKED [Revelation 3:17] At a time like this, if you are RUNNING to apprehend the true riches of Christ, you need FINISHING STRENGTH. The race has been long and many are FAINTING, but God has promised His STRENGTH for the last days, as it is written: “And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, saith God, I WILL POUR MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH …” [Acts 2:17] The outpouring of the HOLY Ghost is our FINISHING STRENGTH, through which the GOSPEL shall be preached “…in all the world for A WITNESS UNTO ALL NATIONS; and THEN SHALL THE END COME [Matthew 24:14] Brethren, the GOSPEL is preached in divers forms in all nations, not the least electronically and the appearance of the Lord is imminent. Let us RUN the last leg of the RACE in the VISION of PRESENT TRUTH, turning away from crass materialism, to WAIT on the Lord in SPIRIT and in TRUTH, for they that wait upon the LORD shall RENEW THEIR STRENGTH; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; THEY SHALL RUN, AND NOT BE WEARY; and they shall walk, and not faint:” [Isaiah 40:31] When we have been purged, we shall be revived by the power of the Holy Ghost and the Lord; “… WILL FINISH THE WORK, and CUT IT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth” [Roman 9:28]

6. If you are not BORN AGAIN, the door of SALVATION is open. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and RUN the RACE set before you in the POWER of the HOLY Ghost, amen

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