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Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)
TITLE: The Race
By Sara Patrick
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There is a path set out before me. It’s like I’m running in a race. On either side of me are figures. It’s like I am a runner and there are people cheering for me. I am a runner, but the difference is that these are not people, and they are not cheering for me.
Over to my left are the spirits of sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery. They are fighting and shoving at each other, trying to get at me. To my right is idolatry and witchcraft, they are calling out at me, trying to lure me in with their false veneer. But I can see underneath what they really look like. They are riddled with diseases and reek with the smell of death. Further up, I see hatred, discord and jealousy, their claws are reaching for me as I pass, wanting me for themselves, to fulfil some evil purpose.
On the other side are fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension and factions. They hurl insults at me. They are trying to pull me off of my course. I press on, running as hard as I can. My feet pound the side walk and my heart pounds in my chest. My breath comes out in gasps and I wish to God that I had water.
I feel like evil is closing around me. I keep my eyes fixed forward, but lifted up, because I see Jesus ahead. I see Him in the clouds, the light is intense but I want more of it, so I go faster. Suddenly the figures on each side seem different. The sense of freedom gives me a burst of energy and my heart cries out with joy. To my right now stand love, joy, peace and patience. On the left kindness, goodness and faithfulness. I see gentleness and self control up ahead. Their voices are a magnificent chorus. It sounds like one beautiful medley as they rejoice, singing together.
Finally, I am being cheered on in my race. I see the finish line up ahead and I know that I know that I know, I’m going to make it. If it had been up to me I would have fallen and lost my way on this path ages ago, but I realise that Jesus was there all along. He saw the enemy as his foot stretched out, trying to trip me up. He saw me when I stumbled and He reached out to steady me so that I would not fall. He was the one who lifted me up on the inside when voices hurled insults and obscenities in their attempt to crush me. He was the one who told me who I am. He told me that I belong to Him. And He was the one who helped me to win my race.
Based on Galatians Chapter 5 and Philippians 3:14
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