Run With Joy

Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day, this gift from God, I pray we remember how much we all need Jesus and everyone we meet has their own battles.
Paul wrote in Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-3‬ ‭
“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. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT
In the heat of a battle, it's so easy to take our eyes off of Jesus. I love this reminder right here and we must remember this.... WE DO THIS BY KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS, THE CHAMPION WHO INITIATES AND PERFECTS OUR FAITH....
Are you like me in the midst of a battle? It is so easy to take our eyes off Jesus. Instead of running the race God has set out for me, I can be shaken and fixated on the problem or the past. Or if I’m challenged, I can allow the challenge to keep me eyes on the challenge and off the perfecter of our faith. Oh how touch the human condition is...
I don’t know if that’s something you can relate to or not, but I know this isn’t a one-time thing for me. It’s not something that just happens in one circumstance. However, this is something that I can work on and be more aware of it.
The Christian life is one of ministry. We have received a call to run a very specific race – a course laid out just for us that takes advantage of our unique spiritual giftedness. This life of discipleship to Jesus Christ – the one who said: “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” – is filled with dangers and difficulties and the potential for discouragement. At some point – in fact numerous points -- there will be the temptation to lay down and quit the race. Genuine faith is characterized by perseverance – by pressing on and continuing to fight the good fight. There is no place for retirement from Christian ministry. The finish line is the doorway of death that ushers us into the presence of the one who has gone before us – the author and perfecter of our faith. When we are growing weary in serving Jesus, or when we feel discouraged and are you tempted to lose heart and back off from our commitment to be everything that God has called us to be and do everything He wants you to do, let remember we have not been called to sit on the sidelines. We have not been called to take it easy and just meander through life. We have been called to run a marathon race. We won't be passive; we won't be a spectator cheering on some super gifted Christian leaders... Satan wants to get our focus off of Jesus
- TO Look at your own weaknesses in the flesh – Paul says I will glory in my weakness
He want us to look at the impossibility and difficulty of your situation – What proved to be too difficult for Jesus?
Analyze, weigh in the balance – this is a command....
We must consider attentively; think about carefully, pray without ceasing and remember to keep our eyes on Him, the champion who perfects our faith. So my friends, lets run this race with joy remembering these things and encourage others on the way.
AMEN.
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