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Finishing well

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It is not how you begin that really matters but how you end.

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Finishing well

  1. 1. Heb 12:1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us 2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (KJV)
  2. 3. Becoming a Christian is very easy <ul><li>But the difficult part is remaining as one in a hostile world </li></ul><ul><li>Christianity is not a 100 meters dash! </li></ul><ul><li>It is a marathon race </li></ul><ul><li>The battle between Greece and Persia in 490 B.C. and the origin of marathon races </li></ul><ul><li>Paul the Apostle was one man who finished well in the midst of great adversities </li></ul>
  3. 4. Many started well in scriptures but... <ul><li>Fetching water in a calabash </li></ul><ul><li>Adam and Eve </li></ul><ul><li>Moses </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua </li></ul><ul><li>David </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon </li></ul><ul><li>Uzziah </li></ul><ul><li>Josiah </li></ul><ul><li>Ananias and Sapphira </li></ul><ul><li>Demas </li></ul>
  4. 5. Great men in history started well but... <ul><li>John Alexander McDowie </li></ul><ul><li>Jack Coe </li></ul><ul><li>A. A. Allen </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Sempleton </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul>
  5. 6. Many things can bring down a man of God but researchers note 3 notorious things: <ul><li>Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Women/Men </li></ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul>
  6. 7. How then can we finish well? LIKE THE APOSTLE PAUL DID IN 2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8 6 For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
  7. 8. 1. Begin well By laying aside every weight
  8. 9. 2. Persevere Those who give up never get to the finish line!
  9. 10. 3. Keep looking unto Jesus If you look at others you will be discouraged or loose faith!
  10. 11. The believer who finishes well is the one who fulfils God’s purpose on earth and makes it to heaven at the end! Remember there is a cloud of witnesses cheering us at the grandstands of heaven!!