Jumping the Spiritual Hurdles
What Is Hurdling?
Hurdling is the act of running and jumping over an obstacle at speed. Hurdling forms the basis of a number of track and field events, which are a highly specialized form of obstacle racing. In these events, a series of barriers known as hurdles are set at precisely measured heights and distances, which each athlete must pass by running over. Failure to pass over, by passing under or intentionally knocking over hurdles, will result in disqualification. https://athleticscoaching.weebly.com/hurdles.html
What does it take to run and jump over obstacles physically? Training, speed, and agility are required for a runner to become successful as a hurdle jumper. There are many concepts that the runner must know, but one of the most interesting is to:
Drive with the knee. Don’t drive with the toe. If you drive with the toe, you’re going to hit the hurdle, and force your body up, go slow and probably fall down. Make sure that the knee is up and powerful. https://youtu.be/T97kkzRMEAY
Although the runner can learn the theoretical concepts of jumping hurdles, they will not be successful in the sport if they are unable to master the physical skills. It would appear that training the body to glide over waist-high hurdles effortlessly would be the most challenging task that a runner can face. But are you aware that runners use mini-hurdles to get faster and become more agile? Commitment to a regimen of never-ending physical training, along with the proper nutritional intake, and 8-10 hours of rest is required to stay healthy for peak performance.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33
The life of a Believer in the Most-High God requires jumping many spiritual hurdles. The sorrows, trials, tribulations, and challenges we face are the mini-hurdles that should produce peak spiritual performance. But usually, when we face the storms in life, we feel incapacitated because our perception is limited. We see the hurdles as waist-high obstacles that are impossible to jump over. Then discouragement sets in, all because we forget to place our faith and trust in God. Just as the runner makes the commitment to train, we must put forth the effort to build our faith. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Do not focus on the obstacles in your life! With a humble heart, immediately pray and ask God for help. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24. God knows the spiritual growth and development we require, and He will continue to allow us to face hurdles until our character reflects the Character of Christ. Remember, Sanctification is a life-long process that we must go through until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, since such a huge crowd of witnesses surrounds us to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrew 12:1
What do we need to do to run with endurance? Just as the athlete needs to train for agility, strength, and speed, we need to diligently study the Bible, increase our prayer life, and possess unwavering faith and trust in God. There is a significant difference between an accomplished athlete and a Believer. Even with a coach, training to reach peak physical performance is based on the runner’s abilities. Self-reliance is the athlete’s means to achieving success; hence, the reason behind the arrogance of “I did this based on my own abilities.”
Thankfully, God does not require us to resolve our challenges based on our limited abilities. In fact, God desires just the opposite of self-based achievements, and self-reliance, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right (humble) spirit within me. Psalm 51:10. Without humility and faith we can not please God. Spiritual growth thrives off of trust in God. Pray and wait. Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6.
Live with the mindset that your life will include hurdles. There is no other path that will produce spiritual perfection. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize! 1 Corinthians 9:24. So go ahead, when the obstacles are placed in front, behind, and on both sides: Call on the name of the Lord! “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15
Bible Reading: Psalm 27
God, we thank you for the Sabbath day, 24 hours, to focus on our spiritual growth and development. You knew that we could not reach peak spiritual performance without a day of rest from all the cares of this world. Please forgive us for not faithfully trusting in you. As we strive to reach peak spiritual performance, we ask for the strength to endure. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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