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Strive Lawfully

Daily Soul’s Nourishment (DSN) Devotional By Pastor Julius U. Bethel, Pastor of the Bible Practising Church

SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2024

TOPIC: Strive Lawfully

BIBLE REFERENCE: 2 Timothy 2: 5

And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

THE MESSAGE: Ask any athlete, and they will tell you that, every game has its rules and regulations governing how it is played. If any athlete plays against the rules, they are disqualified.

In the same vein, the Christian life has its own rules and regulations given to us by the Author and Finisher of our faith – the Lord Jesus Christ. For you not to be disqualified for not running the heavenly race well, you must abide by “the rules of the game.”

No wonder, Apostle Paul has this to say, “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 9:27). He knew he had to discipline himself to walk according to the rules of the Christian faith which are found in the word of God.

You may be among those who desire to go to heaven. That’s great! But are you striving for heaven? Striving requires effort. Are you making any effort to get there?

To strive lawfully in the Christian life is to strive according to the word of God. You must keep your life side by side with the word of God every day. You must not allow any form or size of sin in your life. You must strive against worldly pleasure and worldly amusement. Or, worldliness of any kind. You must not compromise with sinners or other believers in matters of righteousness, holiness and truth.

Keep yourself on track with God and His word always. Strive lawfully in order not to become a castaway!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

PRAYER POINT: Pray that God will show you any area of your life in which you are not striving well so that you don’t get disqualified at last.

OTHER BIBLE REFERENCES: Matthew 22:14; Luke 17:32; 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

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