Jun. 20, 2021
2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 3:13-14, Hebrews 12:1-3
a. “What does “making it” look like through the eyes of the __________ around us?”
b. “What does “making it” look like through the eyes of ____________?”
2. Three Guiding Principles
a. Face your ____________
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7
i. Do not ____________ from your fears…face them.
“When the Philistine got up and approached David, David ran quickly to meet the Philistine in battle.”
1 Samuel 17:48
ii. Use what God has given you! You serve a God who has given you a ____________ of power, love, and self-discipline
b. Forget your ____________
“Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”
i. Those who succeed are those who ____________ in the right-eous direction.
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”
ii. What a radical way to see righteousness and a wonderful way to define ____________!
iii. It’s not about how many times we fail, but about how much we _________.
“I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures, but I learned from each one. That's how I came up with a solution. So, I don't mind failure.”
Sir James Dyson
iv. Jewish sages explain the verse like this: “____________ a person falls but gets up again, they become righteous. If not for the fall, they would never ascend to great heights.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
c. Follow your ____________
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Message)
i. When you run a race, you always want to know where the ____________ line is located.
ii. It is knowing the ____________ that helps you endure the grueling miles along the run.
iii. You tend to ____________ yourself towards what you focus on. Where is your focus?
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.”
iv. Let Jesus be your reference point—any other reference point will ____________ you.
“For I know the plans I have for YOU,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”