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Incorruptible

“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.” (1Corinthians 9:24-27 KJV)

In this scripture, Paul paints a picture of an athlete competing to win a race. When I think of any great athlete who has achieved “the Win”, I also can’t help but think of the strict training and exercise it took them to develop whatever the speed and stamina they needed  achieve it. To strengthen their muscles would involve strict diet, hard work and just pure discipline. A good athlete doesn’t just settle for “good enough, they are always working harder to improve, they expect better of themselves than they are. I’m inspired by their discipline. The goal of a Christian should be the same, training hard not just to avoid sin but to excel in righteousness. We must know our  purpose. And in order to excel we must be willing to be taught, corrected and super challenged in order to be transformed into a Winner.

But a Winner of what? Applause? Awards? Honor ? Power?

The crown is the symbol of victory or award of the highest honor or rank. It is also the symbol of royalty and authority. Paul states that all the athlete wins a corruptible prize. It will not last forever. The crown won by the victor in the ancient Olympian games were made of wild olive, that began to wither as soon as they were separated from the trees. Much like the crowns of the past, the crowns of today fade away just the same. Only today they are  made of fame, Popularity, Money, and Power. But the prize that we compete for is not one that will wither or fade away, it is everlasting, it is Incorruptible, the Incorruptible Crown.

So…I was shopping, and I had this great idea to do a quick survey at the grocery store, so I asked 10 random people 2 simple questions,

1. Do you know who Lady Gaga is?

2. Do you know who Corrie Ten Boom is?

10 out of 10 said YES to Lady Gaga and 10 out of 10 said No to Corrie Ten Boom .

A bit disappointed but glad that I had the privilege to share some history of one of my greatest inspirations with some folks!

But-Proof! Not everything that is counted, counts and not everything that counts, is counted.

Lady Gaga would appear to be winning the race, huh? She has almost 34 million followers on twitter, She’s won a total of 189 Awards and has been Nominated for 295, within 4 years. She has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide. She has consecutively appeared on Billboard magazine’s Artists of the Year, ranked fourth in VH1′s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, is regularly placed on lists composed by Forbes magazine and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Gaga wore a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards which was supplemented by boots, a purse and a hat that were all fabricated from the flesh of a dead animal & Vogue.com UK named her one of the Best Dressed people of 2010. Sound successful? She may make history amongst men here and now, she’s wearing a crown, but as for right now….it  is Corruptible.

For those of you who may not know Corrie Ten Boom here is a brief history.Corrie ten Boom was born in 1892. She along with her father and other christian family members hid, fed, and helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. It is estimated they saved the lives of 800 Jews, in addition to protecting many other underground workers. In 1944 her family was caught, arrested and taken to concentration camps, where Corrie’s father, brother, sister and nephew all died. Corrie survived much torture and suffering and was miraculously released due to a clerical error. After being released she went on to write 25 books and traveled to 60 countries as a public speaker, preacher and teacher of God’s Love and Forgiveness, bringing many to know the salvation of Jesus Christ. Corrie died in 1983 on her 91st birthday. She may have been forgotten amongst men here and now, but the crown she wears is Incorruptible.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-24

God has provided for and calls us all to be winners of this Incorruptible Crown. The winner must be successful in denying the passions and desires of the mind and body, and faithfully run the race to the finish. The winner of this crown will be successful in “crucifying the flesh”. This means sacrifice. God calls different people to different sacrifices in the way they will live their lives. While we are ALL called to live a life of Purity and Holiness some people may be called to rise above their circumstance of poverty, or some denying a culture that has embraced and taught them only of false Gods and religions, Some will have to deny pride and worldly expectations to fight for and flourish in humility and authentic love for God and people. Some people may be called to be a missionary in a poor country, sacrificing their comfort, possessions and life style. Some will be called to endure abuse and trauma, to overcome the desire for hate and revenge in order to discover the Power and healing in Forgiveness. Some may be called to a life of fame, and platform to demonstrate  True Worship, Some may be called to the challenges of physical disabilities, a few specific examples of these & major inspirations in my life are:

Nick Vulujicic, born without both arms and legs, has traveled to 44 countries sharing his story with millions, his message of hope, sharing his belief that God can use any willing heart to do his work and that God is big enough to overcome any and all disabilities. He swims, surfs, golfs and more. He is currently been seen on Oprah sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. Nick is married and expecting his 1st child. Go Nick! Check out this link: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

My dear and precious friend Jackie Yafanaro born with a bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which causes her bones not to grow and they break at a touch. She can break a bone by sneezing! And it’s just as painful as it is for anyone! When she was born the doctors predicted her lifespan to be 10 days, and she credits it’s God’s Grace that has allowed her to live 26 years! She is 33lbs and 24 inches. She paints beautiful art and inspires countless of people through her online blog, facebook and twitter. She too shares a message of hope and faith. She exudes the joy of the Lord and beautifully shares the love of God by using what she has the best she can! Go Jackie Check out these Links: http://the-book-of-roo.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT0jHe9U_3I

If you have been greatly inspired by these stories also check out: http://bethanyhamilton.com, http://www.joniandfriends.org,

 

What does your race look like?

What gifts has God given you? Where has He called you to? Whom has He called you to? Right where you are, with whom you’re with, and what you have, you have what it takes to Win. It’s your choice to compare and compete with others or celebrate and complete the victorious journey you’ve been specifically assigned to. You are Unique. It’s true that the race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the strong. This is a battle of endurance.  Jesus Himself said that all who endure to the end will be saved. It’s not a competition against one another, but one against your mind and body. We must fight the good fight of faith and run whatever race that God has uniquely set out for us while being the best we can be for God. Be willing to make or endure whatever sacrifices there may be to successfully complete the mission that God has set out just for YOU. Why spend your time Striving when you can be Thriving?!

With all of the distractions the world is throwing our way, it can become difficult to stay productive and fruitful. We must be disciplined. Discipline resists distraction. A champion athlete is focused on the race. His eyes are fixed on the finish. He’s not distracted by noises or activities going on around them. He’s not looking around aiming to please the people or crowd, he’s focused on the task. If he get’s distracted, he does not run well. They are also doers, not just dreamers! The greatest intention in the world without action is worthless. Paul said that he ran for something that is certain. When he was in the boxing ring, he fought and made the blows count. He did not beat the air. Disciplined people don’t only know What they are doing but they understand WHY they are doing it, there is PURPOSE. Our Purpose is to bring God Glory and hear Well Done. And when the going gets tough, we remind ourselves the importance of why we won’t give up and we have the greatest example to look to, Jesus/Yeshua.

Picture His footprints as He goes through Gethsemane, His will, totally surrendered to God. 

A “crown of thorns” was put on His head to mock and to humiliate Him.

He carried His is own cross to an excrutiating death.

He paid the Ultimate price to make it possible for us to one day wear a crown, the “Incorruptible crown!”

Halleluiah! Because of His great Victory we can now be  “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.” 1 Peter 1:23

 

God commands us to fix our eyes on Him and remember our purpose and passion. Now going Stronger than before, Fighting the good fight, let us bear our cross to follow and submit to the author and finisher of our Faith. This song slams me with encouragement to Finish my race and finish it well, hope it does for you too.

May you find joy in your race, knowing you’re a step ahead of where you were yesterday. Every day, every mile, every moment, every drop of sweat, every tear, every ounce of pain brings us closer to the true goal, to be conformed into the image and likeness of Jesus. 

The Great goal is to Win the Incorruptible Crown…….So that one day we may have the honor to lay it down before the King. BAM!

Finish Well…..

Love,Beckah Shae

Romans 12:1-12   

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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, by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

 

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Lyrics

Keep on running to the end

And pick up the pace, ace.

Keep on running while you can

And win this race, first place.

 

Nothing can slow me down,

Cause I ain’t got no time to spare.

Nothing can stop me now,

And I’m breathing like I’m already there.

 

Incorruptible, for this life I live.

Incorruptible, I’m only in it to win it.

Incorruptible, for this life I live.

Incorruptible, told you I’m in it to win it.

 

Keep on fighting, take your blows

Like it ain’t over yet.

Keep on fighting, cause you know

The more you give you get.

 

Nothing can slow me down,

Cause I ain’t got no time to spare.

Nothing can stop me now

And I’m breathing like I’m already there.

 

Incorruptible, for this life I live.

Incorruptible, I’m only in it to win it.

Incorruptible, for this life I live

Incorruptible, told you I’m in it to win it.

 

I ain’t beating the air I’m winning something.

I ain’t going nowhere unless you’re there.

Got my eye on the crown and I’m focused.

Determined to make you proud as I Finish.

 

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The administrator of this blog, Susie Jones, is passionate about helping others unlock the full potential of who they where created to be through knowing God intimately and believing that He is who He says He is. The purpose of this blog is to nurture the truth that Christianity is all about a relationship with God, not just another religion.

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