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Hebrews 12:1

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

The book of Hebrews likens our faith journey to a race that we are to run with the single-minded passion of a champion.

Too many times, we run like t-ball players. We get distracted, lie down in the outfield, and chase butterflies. We fill up our hats with dirt and run to third base instead of first. But God calls us to discipline and focus.

We must align with the Lion of Judah to understand the roar of Him inside of us. We need to get lean and mean so that when we step up to the starting block, Satan and his minions tremble. It will be a fight to the finish, and they are on the losing team.

We may experience loneliness, the weariness of putting one foot in front of another, the struggle to keep going, the frustration of a road not headed where we expected. In those laps, God refines us until we grow bold and strong in Him.

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses – all the pioneers who blazed the trail before us – and they are cheering us on to victory. Jesus began a good work in us and will see it through to the finish line!

Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you run the race before you with purpose, power, and passion. Run to win!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 3:15-5:13

New Testament

1 Corinthians 7:20-40

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 32:1-11

Proverbs 21:5-7

 

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