13 Jul Will You Finish Well?
Are we doing well?
1) Am I closer to God than half a year ago?
2) Have I allowed any weakness or sin to fester without dealing with it?
3) How have I stretched my faith this year?
4) How about my relationships with others?
Obstacles to finishing well:
- <Heb 12:1> “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”
- “Fruitfulness” ≠ Holiness
- Holiness > Outcomes
- Battle sin
- Don’t hide
2) “Everything that hinders”.
- May not be outright sin
How can we finish well then?
1) The grace of God above all else.
- <1 Co 15:10> But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
2) Daily “uncompromised” time with God.
- Usually fall not suddenly but bit by bit.
- Daily doses of God’s word and intimate prayers.
3) Offer ourselves as daily living sacrifices to God.
- The power to do so comes from remembering God’s mercy on us.
4) The support of the body of Christ.
- <2 Ti 2:22> “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
5) Always carry an eternal perspective.
- Learn to number our days <Ps 90:12>, so that we can live wisely.
King Saul- Started well, ended bad
Saul/Paul-Bad start, finished well
“It is more important to finish well than to start well.”
“No one finishes well by accident, it comes with prayerful, deliberate efforts.”