Salvation (The Journey/Race of Salvation) is like a Marathon. There are hilly (uphill) places/situations and there are downhill places/situations. One may accidentally slip at the water table, but him/her who gets up and continues to race on the Marathon stays in the Race. There are areas with shades that one may run through, but there are areas with direct hit of the hot sunlight that one may also have to run through. There may also be areas with Rain, while other areas may have snow.
There are sharp corners and there are straight stretches. People (the Racers/Marathoners) may knock onto each other accidentally, but them who regain control and composure stays in the Race. Some Racers (Runners/Marathoners) may even lose shoes, but him/her who endures to the end will be rewarded (for they shall have finished the Race). Therefore, just like a Marathon, Salvation requires endurance (perseverance).
A Marathon has got no short-cuts, the course-way is set, and all who wants to finish the Marathon Race must follow the set course-way. Likewise, Salvation has got no short-cuts, it has got a course-way that is set, that all that want to Partake of its eventual crowning must seek: Purity (Pure in heart), Faithfulness (unto The LORD), Humility (a Humble heart).
Therefore, Salvation requires Repentance (for the forgiveness of sins through The Blood of The LORD Jesus Christ The Messiah), Righteousness (Right before The LORD, by following the Ways and The Requirements of The LORD), Holiness (set apart for the Glory and Honour of The LORD), Wisdom (The Fear of The LORD; Reverence for and before The LORD) and Complete Surrender & Submission before The LORD. Them who adheres to this, they will finish the Race of Salvation, and will enter into The Kingdom of The LORD God Almighty in Heaven.
The Holy Spirit will Comfort, Help, Counsel, Direct, Guide, Control, Refuel, Refill one, as one Races in the Marathon of Salvation.
Jeremiah 8: 4-9 ‘‘“Say to them, ‘This is what The LORD says: “‘When people fall down, do they not get up? When someone turns away, do they not return? Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return. I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. None of them repent of their wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” Each pursues their own course like a horse charging into battle. Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of The LORD. “‘How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of The LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of The LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have?”’’
Mathew 24:13 ‘“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”’
2nd Timothy 4: 7-8 ‘“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which The LORD, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”’
PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN ABSOLUTE REPENTANCE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, TRUTH AND COMPLETE REPENTANCE.
I acknowledge today that you are LORD and Savior of all mankind,
and today I have recognized my shortfall,
I Repent and turn away from all Sin.
Please cover me with your Precious Blood,
and establish your Word in my life,
that I may be found in Righteousness and Holiness
and write my name in your Book of Life
and Baptize me with the Power of The Holy Spirit
in The Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.