Hebrews 12 • Day 216 of 260 • #NTin2018
Assured faith full of conviction. We want this, but how do we do this?
“Lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely”…What is holding you down? Keeping your feet from moving forward? Pulling you under? Is it comparison, sin, pride, control, insecurity, fear, doubt? Whatever it is, take it off. TAKE IT OFF! And if you have tried and tried and can’t seem to pull it off and lay it aside, spend today again in prayer. God WILL help you.
“And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”…KEEP RUNNING YOUR RACE…not your neighbor’s race, not the race of that person you follow on social media, not the race of your mentor or your best friend…YOUR race. The race set before YOU. Run hard, friend; run with endurance.
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith”…Don’t look to the side, don’t look to self-help books or podcasts, don’t look to others…they don’t know your race; they don’t know the path set before you….LOOK TO JESUS.
Why Jesus? “For the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”…The ultimate example of faith and a long, eternal view, rather than a quest for human comfort and accolades. The perfect example of living fully in God’s plans for Him. The greatest example of eyes focused on the true prize.
Consider what Jesus endured and do not grow weary. “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Consider Jesus. Do not grow weary. You can do this hard thing. You can get through these hard times. He has been there…all the way to death. He won’t leave you.
Friend, “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet.” Keep adjusting; keep an eye on your path; keep running.
This life is HARD. In it we will be lovingly disciplined by God, and we will also be hit from all sides by things not condoned by Him. But He is in it all and will use it all. Don’t let the lies of the world shake your faith and alter your course. Don’t let culture tell you following it will be better than following God. Keep the faith. Look to Jesus. Get rid of all that is holding you down and holding you back. Keep running YOUR race. Do not grow weary. God is good and God is faithful. Love wins. God wins. The endurance and suffering are nothing compared to the reward. Praying for all of those who may be feeling pressured off course and weary today.
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