It’s Time To Run [pt. 2]
Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
It should be very obvious to others around us that we are filled with the Spirit. They should know that something is different in the way we are living and being. They should be able to tell what we are running after.
When we quit dancing with indecision, and choose to follow God, amazing things will unfold in our lives, just as we are promised. All we have to do is run towards Him.
We have nothing to fear. Even though it may look like we are surrounded, it is really God who surrounds us. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so God surrounds us. God has already taken care of our past, and he has already gone ahead to clear the way for us. There are more that are for us than are against us. And with God on our side, anything is possible.
The incredible thing here is that we get to reap the rewards that are guaranteed to us because Jesus already paid for us. God credited our account with Jesus’ sacrifice. His righteousness has been made our righteousness! He vouched for us, knowing the mistakes we were going to make and the times we would turn our backs. Still, He chose us.
What would happen if we approached others with this mindset? If we ran towards others with love and forgiveness and grace like Jesus showed us, imagine the beauty that would be able to unfold in our world. Even further, what if we began to see ourselves as God sees us? If we truly began to understand our worth as in the eyes of our Savior, we could finally begin to live the way we were intended to live – free from bondage, comparison, offense, and bitterness.
God holds the key to our future, and the cure for our past. He holds our worth and our beauty and there are no better hands for our lives to be in. Instead of looking to man for strength and worth, we must look to God – our beautiful and mighty Savior.
It’s time to run. Towards grace and mercy and love. It’s time to run towards goodness. It’s time to run into the shelter of the Lord.
“In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
May he send you help from his sanctuary
and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
May he remember all your gifts
and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
May he grant your heart’s desires
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers.
Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.
He will answer him from his holy heaven
and rescue him by his great power.
Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm.”