Summer Joy Week 5

The Summer Joy teachings have proven themselves to be insightful, empowering, and transformative.  Each person enters the chapel with an expectation to encounter the King of kings in praise and worship as well as in His written word.  LaShanda Brown sung “Your Great Name” and we were ushered into the presence of the Lord.  LaShanda is truly a vessel that spends quality time with God Almighty.

The lesson was taught by a woman of God who carries the anointing of the prophetic, prayer, teaching, and grace.  Elder Karen Stanback is a vessel who walks with integrity, speaks with power, and teaches from a fresh stream of living waters.  She loves the word of God and she loves His people.  We were truly blessed to sit under the teaching of a vessel that abides in the presence of the Lord.  An overview of last week’s lesson consisted of talking about Paul’s past and his accomplishments.  We need to be careful of what we put our treasures in and we must run after God.

Elder Stanback talked about “let us win the race”.  She focused on Philippians 3:12-16 that discussed Paul’s present.  We learned that Paul was in prison, yet he was encouraging others.  Paul does not allow his situation or circumstances to rob him of his joy or his purpose.  Elder Stanback challenged us to look at ourselves and inspect our fruit.  Some of her hard/heart questions included:  Where are you in the race? Are you encouraging others in the midst of your situation?  Are you frustrated or upset?  Are you participating in the race?  Sitting on the wayside? Running in place?  Moving forward?  Are you going in the right direction?  What is your posture?

We are running toward the finish line in this Christian race and it is imperative that we stay in our lane and stay focused.  Elder Stanback shared with us how a long distance runner has to have the right mindset to win a race; we must also have the right mindset.  We must have a right perspective about things in life.  Our mind must be strong and we must see things from God’s perspective.  We cannot allow depression or low self-esteem to seep into our minds, but we must bring every thought into the obedience of Christ.  Elder Stanback encouraged us by reminding us that we were chosen by God to run this race and that we cannot allow our

As we are on this race, there may be some things in the past that may pop up in the mind to prevent us from running well or prevent us from finishing the race.  We must not allow things from the past to define or determine our future.

If there are some negative things in the past, we have to apply the word of God to break the power of the thing that is attempting to keep us from running with the right form.  We cannot keep looking back because it breaks up our stride and causes us to go into the other lanes or causes us to lose focus.  We cannot let our past mistakes or accomplishments prevent us from pressing forward toward the destiny that God has established for each of us.  God has a particular lane for each of us and we must break the power of the past by addressing any blockages and reaching toward the future.

The gift of exhortation continued to exude from the mouth of Elder Stanback and she reminded us that God is with us and we are not alone.  Yes, it may be hard, but keep pressing.  Do not give up.  The Holy Spirit is working in us and we must stay in the right lane to bear fruit that remains.  If we fall out of the race or take a misstep, we can call on God and He will be there to position us in the appropriate place.  We must ask for forgiveness, repent, and keep running.

We must implement the five d’s in our lives to win this race.

1-A sanctified dissatisfaction in accomplishments; we must not compare ourselves to others.
2-Devotion-concentrate on one thing.  Focus and stay in your lane.
3-Direction-look forward and do not get distracted.  Do not look back.
4-Determination-We do not have to do it all. (Philippians 3:13)
5-Discipline-Obey the rules established by God.

Memory/meditative scripture: Philippians 3:12-16

Additional scriptures for further study:  1 Corinthians 2:13-16; Colossians 3:1-2; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Philippians 2:5; Ephesians 1:4-5; John 15:16

The race is fixed!  We already won the race!
Let us run the race with joy!
Written by Minister Bawayna Thompson
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