Focus And Run

Hebrews 12: 1

Hebrews 12: 1

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses 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 that God has set before us.”

How do we strip off every weight of sin and run with endurance? We have to go on to read the next verse to find our example in Christ.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses 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 that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding it’s shame. Now He is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne….

Jesus is our supreme example of faithful endurance and all the brutal, lonely way to the cross He proved it. Not that He had to prove it, but rather it gave Him joy to die for the sinner’s hope of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.

What kind of love is that? What kind of love endures the hard, lonely, struggle and scorns the shame of it? Only one who has his eyes fixed on His heavenly Father and His will. Christ did it for us, let’s run our own personal race for Him. Let’s face our brutal, lonely challenges for His glory. Life gets tough and quickly weighs us down. If we focus on the problem, we’ll quickly lose heart, fall from the race and succumb to the struggle, but if we focus on the Lord, we’ll find renewed strength. He blesses the life of faith in the believer, so let faith arise! Throw off the doubt, fear, worry, failures, discouragement and strongholds so that you can run freely and smoothly, without entanglement, with your eyes focused clearly on Christ, who runs beside you or carries you but also sits today at the right hand of the throne of God, interceding for you and praying for your endurance to make it to the finish line. You can do it with Him! Focus, focus, focus!

Simple Trust…Confident Faith

Hebrews 11: 1.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”.

Hope is always in anticipation, always positive, always persevering, even in seemingly hopeless situations. When all looks bleak, we must measure our faith against the excellence of an all knowing, all sovereign Creator, who rules the universe with all authority and power. God gets into Red Seas, burning bushes, weddings, funerals, Galilean storms, wilderness wanderings and He can get into the heart of your problem and into the eye of your storm. That awesome power will break through for you in your lowest moment as you actively believe and confidently and boldly trust in an everlasting God who has promised all the richness of His glory to you. What corner of your world looks bleak and hopeless? Don’t succumb to it? Don’t give up on it! Establish that Hope deep within your soul that believes God will move in your situation, in His time and in His way. Accept it, believe it and move forward in that confidence.

Sweet Obedience

Psalm 119:60

“I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.”

The psalmist seeks God’s favor and unfailing love. In Verse 59 he ponders his life and where it’s going. What direction it’s taking. He knows in his heart that God’s favor and blessing come by following His laws, precepts, statutes and commands. Though evil surrounds him, taunting him to fall into sin, he remembers God’s faithfulness and wishes to remain a loyal servant of the Lord. When it comes to keeping God’s laws and following His instructions, to drag our feet is to allow the enemy a foot in the door. When temptation knocks, we must run, not walk to the nearest exit. Prayer is the quickest, safest, most powerful, most sure and most reliable way out. It’s where we meet the One who died to free us from the ruin and folly that sinful pleasures drag us into. Run/turn to God in prayer. Since He’s everywhere we can pray anywhere with confidence that He hears and know that He desires to deliver us from the evil that stalks.

Let’s step our lives up a notch or two and hasten in obedience to keep the righteous laws of God. To follow His commands and allow His precepts for living to permeate and saturate our hearts, souls and minds. To do so brings abundant life and sweet and beautiful peace, free from chaos and confusion.<

Confident In Truth And Light

1 John 1:7.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

One of the first of many instances where John challenges the claims of those who had broken away from apostolic fellowship and were living in darkness. Those who claimed to have fellowship with God, yet didn’t display His character of light. Jesus had warned the Jewish leaders in His day not to let their own beliefs blind them and lead them astray from the Truth Matthew. 6:23. Gnostics claimed to have spiritual experiences and revelations from God, yet rejected fellowship with other believers who knew Christ and walked in the Light of His Truth. Sometimes we are so deceived by our own spiritual illuminations that we think we are so right to the exclusion of everyone else. Sometimes, we can be so right that we’re very, very wrong! When we walk this road we tread on dangerous ground. We run the risk of being deceived by our own belief system. We think we walk in the light but it’s merely our own perceptions and pride that hardens our hearts toward the True Light. A true, healthy faith in the God of our salvation, will result in sweet fellowship with Him and with others, because we have been purified by the cleansing blood of Christ. Light finds light, and finds consolation and confidence in Light. Truth lives boldly but darkness will run and hide when the pressure is on.
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Walk in Light and Truth with confidence under God’s sovereign authority. As a Christ One, you’ve been cleansed, renewed, set free, redeemed, transformed and forgiven. You walk in the Light and You have reason to be joyful and spread the good news of the gospel.

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