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Welcome to Bethesda Baptist Church

15800 Woods Edge Road    South Chesterfield, VA 23834   (804) 526-6350


Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be (dislocated), but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all (men), and holiness, without which no one will see the LORD: looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. 

Hebrews 12:12-15

Our spiritual journey is likened to a marathon, a race and we just as in a physical race must run with endurance and maintain a steadfastness. We also must remain focused on Jesus. Just as the runner trains for the race we too must train and condition ourselves for our spiritual journey. It is important for us to practice those things that strengthen and renew our spiritual vitality each day so that we can continue in the race.

A necessary component of this process is training. A person does not wake up one day and say I am going to run the marathon this weekend! No, a marathon runner prepares for the race. They rigorously exercise every day to include exercises that strengthen and tone. Running is a part of their daily regimen. Disciples of Jesus must also be trained. Training includes studying the Word of God, having an active daily ongoing prayer life, and exercising one’s spiritual senses to strengthen them. Training not only strengthens us, but it is also through our training that we are able to see our weaknesses. Oftentimes, runners do not finish the race because they did not pay attention to the indicators of their limits. Some begin the race at a pace that is too fast or decide to go full throttle too soon after an injury. As believers we are at risk of doing the same. We cannot afford to overlook our impediments but rather to be determined to be transformed daily and to spiritually grow so that impediments may be removed and those that are not, will not cause us to stumble.

As we continue to live in a world that grows more evil by the minute, it is so very important that we are totally surrendered to God. We must follow Jesus and yield to Holy Spirit. We cannot be sporadic about spiritual practices and disciplines that strengthen us, nor can we ignore areas of weaknesses in our lives. Everyday we must do those things that condition and strengthen our spiritual being. We should make a conscious decision to stay away from evil and to not allow ourselves to be continually tempted with evil and we do this by allowing the Lord to direct our path. Everyday we should rise up with a determination to submit to God and resist the devil. We should condition our spiritual being by pursuing righteousness, faith, love, and peace with one another as we call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

For the next seven days I encourage you to incorporate studying these topics and verses with the intent of applying them to your daily regiment and we thank God in advance for the strengthening and renewal of your spiritual being.

Day One:     Spiritual Renewal (Isaiah 40:31)

Day Two:     Transformation (Romans 12:2)

Day Three:  God’s Presence (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)

Day Four:    Confession (Job 42:1-17)

Day Five:     Vitality (Deuteronomy 34:

Day Six:       Perseverance (Hebrews 12:1)

Day Seven:  An Eternal Perspective (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)                                        

Much Love,

God's Peace,

Pastor Harrison