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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 their lives, their testimonies of how to trust God are 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. 

 

 

One Step at a Time

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“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”     ‭‭

2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Walking is a pretty mundane activity.
It’s not as glamorous as running.
I’ve always wanted to be a runner but am definitely not one.  I am simply a very good walker.
Walking is what you learn early by falling down a lot.
It is what gets you to the kitchen in the morning for your first cup of coffee.
It is basic and boring and taken for granted unless you can’t do it anymore.
Charles Spurgeon said,
“That man has not yet learned the true spirit of Christianity who is always saying, ‘I can preach a sermon by faith.’ Yes, sir, but can you make a coat by faith? ‘Can you cook a dinner by faith?”.
The real work of life isn’t using your gifts by faith but living your life by it: Paying your bills, doing your job, cooking dinner, cleaning the toilet.
It is in these small necessary everyday things that God’s power is revealed not just in the great things but in the small ordinary ones. 
It is when God’s grace and power are evident in washing the dishes when you are tired and spent.
It is when you stop yourself from going all buck wild on the attitude you just received from your teenager.
It is when the holiday isn’t working out to be what you hoped for but you are able to roll with the punches and still enjoy the special moments that would otherwise be buried in resentment and disappointment.
When what you see does not dictate how you behave.
That is when faith leads your life instead of sight. 
It isn’t very exciting but it is totally life-giving.
Don’t worry about running your faith race today, just focus on walking it out faithfully.
Love you.
Today may you walk slowly, steadily and consistently in faith in who Jesus is, what He has done and in who He is re-creating you to be.

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.

Run Free

  

“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1b NIV

What a sense of joy is heard in the invitation to throw off everything that hinders. To run free with faith unhindered and feet untangled in the mission God has created you for.

To first, know Him intimately and to second, serve Him wholeheartedly.

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews paints the faces and hearts of those who served God with great passion and unflinching faithfulness. Those who suffered, risked, obeyed and followed through in their faith.

They are those seated in heavens grandstands, cheering you on.
Telling you to throw off everything that hinders you and run the race God has called you to run.

Let us run free together.

Hold nothing back.

Let go of the fears and failures and embrace of the salvation of Jesus Christ.

Running fast and free is not accomplished by focusing on what is holding you back but by focusing on where you are going.

Turn your face to the finish line and run with His power for His mission and for His glory.

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.

Letting Go

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“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1b NIV

Can you imagine what it might be like to run with faith unhindered and un-entangled?

To not trip on THAT one sin that always pulls you down?

To go to God for what you need instead of _____________ (fill in the blank).

To serve Him freely and be able to focus completely on what He has set before you without the vines of habitual sin entangling around your ankles or the hinderance of what is always holding you back.

If our forefathers and foremothers could sit you and down give you a word of advice, they would say this: “Get rid of it. Your life is precious and short. The sooner you throw off what hinders you from walking in full obedience the better.”

What is the thing that hinders you from full obedience to God?

What is the sin that so easily entangled and trips you up?

Both things have been broken by the power of the Cross. Jesus has already taken the punishment so that you could run without them- so that you could run free.

Let go, throw it off and learn how to run free in Christ.