The Bare Soul - October 14, 2007
What I Believe

There are several things I believe concerning barefoot running. These are solid in my understanding -- no one can change my mind regarding what I know to be true. I have irrefutable personal experience proving that barefoot running has created an injury-free way of running, versus how I formerly ran with shoes. I know I land lighter -- I know the impact is negligible -- I know that I have not gotten some freaky disease from running on various surfaces. These are just a few, but there are many other things I "know" because of my personal experience. (This is not to say that running, barefoot or otherwise, is for everybody. However, these truths can be applied to the greater picture of life.)

I also know that barefoot running has helped me to connect in a deeper way with the Lord Jesus. I know that spirituality is inseparable from my running experience. When I go out for a run, without fail, the Lord Jesus will whisper truths to my heart. Most of what I write down later is from these times of fellowship with the Lord. In the same way I know the truth about my experience with barefoot running, I also know the truth about my experience with Jesus Christ and how He saved me and continues to sanctify me to His glory.

In John 16:8:8-11, the Lord Jesus speaks to His disciples regarding the future work of the Holy Spirit once Jesus is resurrected and returns to the Father. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

The following are the basic tenants of my faith regarding sin, righteousness, and judgment. No man taught these to me -- Jesus breathed the reality of these into my life and God continues to reinforce them to me through His word and the testimony of others:

I BELIEVE in the redemption of all humankind's sin by the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that through the Risen Lord that I live in newness of life to my Holy Father in heaven. As sin came into this world through one man, Adam, so sin is taken out of this world through the Last Adam, Jesus Christ our Lord. He took on the whole world's sin to create for His Father a holy people that can stand before the His throne,  blameless, without sin. As Jesus said in John 16, the Holy Spirit continues to woo all humankind to an understanding of their need for a Savior, yet not all have ears to hear. That is why Jesus commissioned his believers to go into all the world and make disciples of all humankind (Matthew 28:19-20).

I BELIEVE in the glorious righteousness that Jesus purchased by His blood that is available to all humankind by mere belief and profession of the Lord Jesus Christ. That the gift of righteousness is nothing that humankind can earn but is something to be accepted with humility and gratitude from an all-giving Savior. With this free gift of righteousness and justification from our sin, there is an earnest desire to please the Lord and to walk according to his commands. In so doing, we set ourselves apart for His use by the sanctification of his Holy Spirit who gives us the power to resist the evil of this world and to walk in His wonderful light.

I BELIEVE that all who do not receive the free gift our Lord Jesus Christ have condemned themselves to the same fate as the prince of this world. They have rejected the Holy Spirit and His marvelous work and have pre-disposed themselves to be one day driven from His incredible glory and heavenly light as revealed before His throne into eternal separation from Him and His glorious love -- into infinite darkness and hopelessness of redemption.

I also believe and pray that with the living there is always hope of a changed heart and a different course in life. Solomon stated that ... "It is better to be a live dog than a dead lion, because there is hope with the living". Certainly, I would much rather be a proverbial "live dog" that has the ability to choose, rather than a victim of my own "lion's pride" that dies without hope. Just as I have found a new way to run and enjoy the sport I love so much, in the same way my eyes have been opened to the glory of His majestic gift that He bestowed so graciously upon humankind. Many of you have already heard His loving whisper and have responded with humility to his invitation. May others hear His gentle wooing with "ears to hear" and a heart to follow.

Your Humble Barefoot Servant!

Barefoot Rick

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