Midweek Push

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

RUN TO WIN

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

The Christian race is a marathon, not a short sprint. If you have not been conditioned (through continuous study, prayer, and application of the word), the race could cause you to lose heart. What can help you finish the race once you start?

1. “Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily beset us.” We must get rid of anything that could slow us down. Sin is a weight we must get rid of. What weight do you need to throw off to help you run faster?

2. “Run.” Try not to be distracted by those behind you running too slow, those around you carrying weighty sins, or those ahead of you that you can't seem to catch up with. Looking around and back can become a hindrance that slows you down.

3. “Looking unto Jesus.” In this verse, looking means to “consider attentively.” We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus during the race. When distractions happen, look to Jesus and avoid the shortcuts. Beware of the detours to Pain Path, Trial Trail, Worry Way, Doubt Dead End, Lying Loop, Angry Avenue, Sin Street, Broken Boulevard, Carnal Circle, or Rude Road. These detours may do you more harm than good.

In this race, you may want to throw in the towel, but God is praying that you will hold on until the end. When trials come dust them off your feet; when distractions arise, stay focused, and help someone if you are able. When you want to give up, look to Jesus for the strength and the example to help you finish the race. Be in it, to win it!

Scriptures to reflect on:

Ecclesiastes 9:11
Philippians 3:12-14
1 Corinthians 9:24-27


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2 comments

  1. Another good one! I find that sometimes I get distracted because I'm overly concerned with what people think about me. I must say that I'm encouraged to keep looking forward to God who is the author and finisher of my faith. Thank you SWAP for this. I just signed up this week and have truly been blessed.

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  2. Thank you Erica for your honest feedback. It's easy to be distracted by others and what they think, for life in totality is about relationships. We often strive to keep our relationships without strife or pain, yet the most important person to be concerned with is Christ and what He thinks of you! Stay tuned for more from S.W.A.P. Ministries on how to develop a deeper relationship with God; and be sure to check out our fan page on Facebook to get further encouragement and support in your walk!

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