Tempted to Stop

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The road to freedom is dotted with many parking places.

Places were you stop to rest and recover.

Friend, you are on a life journey with Jesus. Don’t get stuck at a rest stop. Don’t start living at the gas station. Don’t let a parking place become a permanent place.

Parking places are meant to be a temporary place to stop, not a final destination – you do what you need to do and then get back on the road.

You are made to be free to live in the powerful freeing truth of God’s love for you.

Don’t settle where you are.

Get moving.

“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?”

Galatians 5:7 NLT

Don’t get distracted.

Don’t settle.

Jesus has new places for you see, new people to meet and new opportunities to glorify God.

Rest stops are important but aren’t meant to be permanent.

Get back on your road.

Get Moving.

Someone out there needs you.

What has gotten you off track on your journey with Jesus? 

What is holding you back from following the truth?

What do you need to do today to get back on the road of truth?

Called to Run

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Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd 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 God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is often called the “Hall of Faith”. It tells the stories of those who served God with great passion and unflinching faithfulness through the toughest of times. They suffered, risked, obeyed and trusted God to do what only He can do.

This verse says that the way they lived their lives and their example of how to trust God is like having a great grandstand of faith leaders cheering you on as you follow Jesus.

What are they telling you? They are telling you to throw off everything that hinders and run the race God has called you to run.

Not your mom’s race or your neighbor’s faith race but your faith race. 

They are telling you to keep focused on the finish line and lay down whatever is weighing you down from getting there: other people’s opinions, irrational fears,  fear-laden doubts, time-wasting worries. 

They know that a life of faith isn’t easy and that the only way you can do it is by keeping your eyes on Jesus.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, my friend, take a deep breath and run your race. 

Through a Prison

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“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel

Ephesians‬ ‭4:1‭ MSG‬‬

In light of this: God can do more than you can ask or imagine. 

In light of God’s ability, not your ability.

In light of God’s worthiness, not your worthiness.

In light of God’s power, not your power – RUN on the road God has called you to travel.

God has not called you to run on someone else’s road but your road. 

This is your journey, your family, your school, your job, your road. 

The road God has called you to travel has more to do with your character than your career- who He wants you to be rather than what he wants you to do for a living.

Paul’s road led him through prison but he did not see it as God’s failure but as an opportunity for God to use him where he was. He saw it as a part of his path.

Paul went to prison but did not stop there nor was he defined by it.

Paul’s identity was defined by his relationship to God through Jesus and by his passion to share that truth with everyone that crossed his path: guards, fellow prisoners, politicians and anyone else who God brought to him.

This is how you are to do it: anchor your identity in Jesus and share the good news of the gospel with every person who crosses your path. 

Who are the people you are surrounded by in your everyday life? 

This is who God wants to reach through you. This is who God wants to use you to encourage, love, and share the good news of the gospel with today.

Set your heart to love, your hands to serve and your feet to run your road empowered by God’s amazing grace. 

Why Jesus Did It

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For joy.

For the restoration of mankind to God.

For an intimate relationship with you.

For love.

That is why Jesus went to the cross.

“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

He began and finished this race – this faith journey of trusting God while dealing with the reality of a broken life in a broken world.

Jesus entered this brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world. He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

Jesus knew that going to the cross would restore mankind to a right relationship with God. He is your Advocate, He sees your future and has the authority to give you what you need to get to it.

When you are overwhelmed and the difficulty before it begins to weigh you down – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible. You were His reason so He could be yours.

Go for it

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“ And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My friend, throw off everything that is holding you back today and go for everything God is calling you to do.

You are graced to run your race (not your neighbor’s race or your sister’s race or your boss’s race – your race).

Run it with perseverance.

Don’t quit.

When you get tired, rest.

But don’t stop.

Begin again.

Get back on track and run your race until it’s over.

Go For It

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Throw off everything that is holding you back and go for everything God is calling you to do.

When you get tired, rest.

Don’t quit.

Rest.

Then get back on the track and run your race until the end.

A Gift


The challenge you are facing is a gift, not a test.

It is an opportunity with a purpose.

The things that challenge you from all sides are the very things that build you and make you strong.

Trials do not create your faith- they hone it, sharpen it and challenge it to grow.

The Sword of the Spirit is dull when the day is fair and fight non existent.

The battle sharpens the blade, the test strengthens your hands.

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (James 1:2-4 MSG)

The very things you think will break you will make you into a stronger, more confident, faith filled leader.

Don’t focus on frustrations, the inconsistencies, the impossibilities.

See past the present challenges to the vision God has for you.

Get in the Word.

Soak in worship.

Serve in love.

Do your work with integrity and
let God do His.