“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 therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The climbers who summit Mount Everest, in Nepal – the highest mountain in the world – are a perfect example of what Paul is talking about in this passage. They have to train for years and dedicate their bodies to preparation for this one particular climb. They have to be fit physically, and in the right mental condition, before they can attempt the summit. They have to have determination.
These climbers can't have the attitude of, "Well, I'll just give it a shot". They must be able to handle the intense fatigue and mental struggles associated with climbing Everest. Many people have died on Everest because something happened that they were not expecting, or they collapsed from exhaustion and froze to death. Those who succeed in conquering Mt. Everest have the determination to train, summit, and make the descent.
Do you have the determination to live a Godly life and let the Holy Spirit have the preeminence? Do you have the determination to do the hard things that are necessary to please the Lord in your daily walk with Him? We fight and struggle for an incorruptible crown. We train, and we keep in subjection and temperance so that we live what we preach. We live determined to let the Lord have His way in our lives.
Live determined to let the Lord’s light shine. Live determined to give Him glory. Live determined to surrender your all to Him.
And many times when there's a blessing laying right ahead, the devil tries everything he can to discourage us. We go through trials and testings. But Elisha, being spiritual minded also, he knew that he had a purpose, and he wasn't going to leave him. He said, "As the Lord liveth and your soul liveth, I'm not going to leave you." I like that, that determination. Oh, my, we take a little thing from God and get all discouraged in a hour, but not Elisha. He looked forward to the time. He knowed that it was close at hand. So he went to another place and he said, "Tarry here, I pray thee, for the Lord's calling me somewhere else. You just stay back here." But there's no staying back with Elisha. He had the revelation of what God was going to do.
Brother William Branham – A Secondhanded Robe
Brother Stephen Coffey is an associate minister from Hickory Bible Tabernacle. In addition to mission work and ministry the Lord gave him a strong burden to encourage and help the Bride in their daily walks with the Lord. He established Our Daily Strength, a daily devotional for Message Believers. To learn more, visit ourdailystrength.com.