Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39). Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, in that I may apprehend that for which also I and apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
I am persuaded! Of what then, have I been persuaded? I am persuaded, that NOTHING shall separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus! I am convinced, to go all the way with Jesus; I am persuaded, that Jesus is God incarnate; that Jesus procured salvation for me, when He died upon Calvary’s Cross; and that He suffered vicariously, to save a wretch like me! I believe that Jesus rose again, on the third day! Nothing can dissuade me, from following Jesus! I am determined to live holy! I am convinced that Jesus is coming back to receive His bride, the body of Christ. I am determined, to be ready to go back with Jesus when He comes! Oh yes I am! You see, my heart is fixed, and my mind is made up! I have decided to make Jesus my choice! Yes, I have a choice! In Jesus, lies eternal life! I have chosen life! I am sold out! I have been induced, to follow Jesus, where ever He leads me! I have purposed in my heart, to tell of His goodness, of His kindness, and of the new mercies I see, morning by morning; to tell of His grace, God’s unmerited favor towards me! Bless His holy name! As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord! In other words, I am going to serve the Lord with my body, my house, the temple of the Holy Ghost!
I am in this Christian race to win it; 99 1/2 just won’t do! “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (I Corinthians 9:24-25) “Apostle Paul chose this analogy, because the Corinthians were quite familiar with Olympic races. Paul applied this account to the Christian’s course of life, and exhorts to run in it, in like manner, as racers do in a race. The stadium in which the believer runs is the world, or this present life.” When competing in a race, one must be focused! I’m striving to run this Christian race as with blinders on, so that I keep my eyes on the prize, which is eternal life! I don’t want to become distracted by what’s going on to the left or to the right of me, and I want to forget those things which are behind me, that I might press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, which is in Christ Jesus! I am sold out! Stay in the press, saints of God. Don’t look back! Keep your eyes on the prize! Strive to be in it, to win it! Strive to gain eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior!