Jul 072014
 

I have two “A words” for this summer. To abstain from for the Run Fast. Anxiety and addiction.

I am practicing “in the moment 2 second prayers” by praying outloud, “Jesus, Your peace” when I the worry train is running through my mind and heart. I am choosing not to entertain thoughts of fears and worry.  I know the opposite of a life of worry is a life of peace.

This last year I have cut back on caffeine and sugar in my diet. Both of these were becoming a need in my life and I saw myself as grouchy and unavailable to God’s voice/others as I looked to them to satisfy. They brought me comfort. Short term happiness. But they had some sort of strange control on me.  I do not want any substance or activity to come before God’s voice. These had become addictions. I want a life free from these areas I can’t seem to overcome on my own. I need Jesus to help me with them. I know the opposite of life with addiction is life with freedom and hope.

What is the practical aspect of abstaining from anxiety and addiction? I am continuing to cut out caffeine in my regular routine and taking one day of the week as my “no sugar day”.

Whenever I am anxious about the past, present or future, I will pray “Jesus, Your peace” and I will instead think on-

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:8b-9

I am praying for breakthrough for myself and three other loved ones on my runs during the week. I Run Fast for a life of freedom and hope in Jesus.

What the Run Fast IS:

Grounded in scripture, giving eternal focus and purpose in training for a race-“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” Hebrews 12:1-2a (ESV)

A uniting of sister’s in Christ in prayer and purpose (Col 2:2).

An opportunity for consistent, specific prayer time (1 Thes 5:17).

A spiritual discipline to free yourself and others from the bondages of this world (Isaiah 58:6; Ro 7:20).

A chance to humble yourself before God, asking Him to examine the heart and mind and reveal any bondage/controlling areas (Ps. 139:23)

An opportunity to practice growing in, receiving love and grace from the Father (2 Peter 3:18).

An asking for God do a work in you and/or others with the purpose of deliverance. Sanctification of body, mind, and spirit. (Ps 3:8, 1 Thes 5:23-24)

An opportunity to grow in strength in places of weakness and be courageous. (2 Cor 12:10; Josh 1:9)

What the Run Fast is NOT:

A spiritual act with the motive to “show off”/gain approval before others (Pharisee’s did this and it didn’t bode well for them-Gal 1:10).

A necessity, a legalistic/“spiritual duty” in order to improve standing with God (we can’t earn our salvation, Jesus paid it already and all on the cross-Jn 3:16).

A magic spell to make all hindering issues disappear and all life to become a fairy tale of roses (Jn 16:33).

Time to feel condemned, guilty, shamed by God (Ps 34:4-5; Ro 8:1-When we are in Christ, we are never condemned by God for sin).

An unattainable goal, an impossible feat to overcome. (We are overcomer’s in Jesus! Nothing is impossible with Him! (But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Mt 19:26 ESV)

Something to fear or be anxious about (Mt 6:31-34).

Choose An Option that Fits-

The Run Fast can be done in an effort to break bondage within your own life, another’s life, or a combination of both. When choosing about what to abstain from, stop. Ask God. And listen. Allow God to reveal what to abstain from, and who and what to pray for.

Here are some options to choose from while participating in the Run Fast:

Option #1: Abstain from an attitude, activity or practice which hinders and physical comfort (discipline of training for a race)

· Sign up and train (for 3 months or so) to run in a race.

· Write down 1 or 2 areas of hindrance (attitudes, activities, or practices) you and/or a loved one is facing.

· Write out a plan to fully or partially abstain from this during the 3 months of training and commit to do it.

· Write down your purpose for running, specifically what you are petitioning God for: Example- “I Run Fast for freedom and peace for_________(your name and/or loved ones) as I abstain from anxiety, addiction of sugar and physical comfort.”

· Commit to run atleast 3 times a week and pray for breakthrough.

Option #2: Abstain from food and physical comfort (discipline of training for a race)

· Sign up and train (for 3 months or so) to run in a race.

· Write down 1 or 2 areas of hindrance (attitudes, activities, or practices) you and/or a loved one is facing.

· Write down your purpose for running, specifically what you are petitioning God for: Example- “I Run Fast for freedom and hope for_______(your name and/or specific loved ones) as I abstain from food and physical comfort.”

· Participate in a partial fast once a week of abstaining from food (have only liquids).

· Commit to run atleast 3 times a week and pray for breakthrough.

Option #3: Abstain from physical comfort (discipline of training for a race)

· Sign up and train (for 3 months or so) to run in a race.

· Write down 1 or 2 areas of hindrance (attitudes, activities, or practices) you and/or a loved one is facing.

· Write down your purpose for running, specifically what you are petitioning God for: Example- “I Run Fast for joy for_________(your name and/or specific loved ones) as I abstain from physical comfort in training for a race.”

· Commit to run atleast 3 times a week and pray for breakthrough.

Join me in doing the Run Fast this summer! It is an exercise for the heart, mind, body and spirit! Let’s pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s pray for the breaking of the chains that bind us. Freeing us to live in wholeness, joy and hope in our now. And giving God the glory by sharing our testimonies of the grace, love, power and light Jesus has displayed in us.

Oh shine your light on us, your daughter’s, oh Lord! Give us your courage to step out with you in these challenging areas. Help us not to be afraid. May we overcome in You, Jesus. Prepare the way, Your way, for us to fulfill the good plans you have for us in this season. We trust You. We love You. We need You.

Jillian

Jillian

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