Declarations: I Will Run the Race With Discipline!


June 28, 2019 – Hebrews 12:1-11; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Matthew 6:25-34; 2 Timothy 2:1-7 (NASB)

Hebrews 12:1-11:  1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.”

It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27:  24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Matthew 6:25-34:  25 “For this reason I say to you do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

2 Timothy 2:1-7:  1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

I write these decrees in the Name of Jesus Christ and in His authority and through His power. The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch these decrees to the heavenly realms to the rulers, and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace (Revelation 2 and 3, Ephesians 3:10, Esther 8:10, 13).

»  I decree and declare, since we have such a GREAT CLOUD of WITNESSES surrounding us, I am removing every weight and entangling sin. I will RUN with ENDURANCE the RACE that is set before me, FOCUSING on Jesus/Yeshua, the Initiator and Perfecter of FAITH!

»  I decree and declare I think of Christ/Messiah who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that I WILL NOT GROW WEARY in my soul and lose heart.  I will not take lightly the discipline of the Lord/Adonai or lose heart when I am corrected by Him, for He disciplines the one He LOVES and punishes every son He ACCEPTS. He disciplines us for our BENEFIT, so that we may SHARE in His HOLINESS. All discipline seems painful at the moment – not joyful, but later it YIELDS the PEACEFUL FRUIT of RIGHTEOUSNESS to those who have been TRAINED by it.

»  I decree and declare I will RUN this race of LIFE in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua in such a way that I will WIN! Let us each EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL in all respects. We do this, not to receive a perishable crown, but to receive an IMPERISHABLE one! So I run in this way – not aimlessly, so I box in this way – not beating the air; rather, I punish my body and bring it into submission, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

»  I decree and declare I WILL NOT WORRY, for God CARES for me. Life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Our Father in Heaven feeds the birds of the air and cares for them. And consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. How much more will God clothe us! I see that worrying does not add to one’s life, but rather wears one down and depletes it.

»  I decree and declare I WILL SEEK FIRST the KINGDOM of GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; then all the things I need will be added to me. I will not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

»  I decree and declare I am STRENGTHENED in the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua. I will entrust God’s TRUTH to FAITHFUL People who are capable of teaching others also. I will suffer hardship with the Believers, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus/Messiah Yeshua. I will not entangle myself in the activities of everyday life, so that I may please the One who has enlisted me in His ARMY!

»  I decree and declare I will RUN this RACE according to the RULES; and I will COMPLETE this RACE that the Lord/Adonai has set before me, in Jesus’/Yeshua’s Name. Amen!

»  I decree and declare a CLEANSING and UNIFYING of the people of this land as these decrees go forth.

In the name of King Jesus Christ, empowered and led of the Holy Spirit of God, we dispatch the Angelic troops, throughout this land and in the spirit realm, to deliver these decrees to all, both flesh and spirit. The enemy, the principalities and powers, have no authority to act against these decrees of our King, the Lord God Almighty; their actions will be of no effect to God’s chosen ones, but will be turned back on themselves for destruction.

The Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, we praise Your Name for You are True and Faithful and Just to perform it.  Amen!

Dawn Flores

[Keyword(s): witnesses, endurance, benefit, holiness, self-control]

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