Excuses?

1 Timothy 6: 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 2Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

We talked about already being possessors of eternal life, yet here we have another portion of this revealed to us. “Lay hold on eternal life,” Paul encourages Timothy. The key is recognizing where you lay hold of eternal life. No longer are we rending the heavens and dragging God down. Lay hold on that which is in you already. Fight the good fight for your faith, for which you and the world will ever and always at odds.

We look at heroes of the past and assume that they had some special annointing, like some assume of Michael Jordan and basketball. But we neglect to see the hours, days, and years they spent laying hold of that which Christ freely give them. John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, Mother Etter, Paul, Peter, John Wesley, Charles Finney, Martin Luther, and countless others who have lived and died were men just like us, possesors of the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead.

Fight to let loose the Spirit of God that dwells in you by Christ and which alone is the answer for a sick and dying world. Maybe we aren’t as good as Paul and the rest who went before us, or maybe we are just making excuses.

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