As a believer, how do you run a good race? Hebrews 12 gives a good answer:
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us fixing our eyes on Jesus….
- Lay aside every weight – Are you overloaded with unnecessary cares and problems?
1 Peter 5:7 says cast your cares on him. So, do you really need that latest iPhone? Is it really wise to be mortgaged up to the hilt?
- Untangle yourself from sin – Sin is dangerous and deadly because it will derail you and trip you up. Romans 6:12 says don’t let sin reign in your mortal members – you’re the boss don’t let sin walk all over you, walk by the spirit.
- Run with endurance – Get going, don’t hang around playing scrabble or Xbox! God has laid out a race-course just for you and the heroes of faith surrounding you are watching you run. It’s not their turn it’s yours. Is God interested in your speed record? No it’s an endurance race, all you have to do is complete it!
- Fix your eyes on Jesus – Peter only managed to walk on water as he kept his eyes on Jesus. As soon as he looked at the waves he began to sink!
- Endure discipline: This is the context for the rest of the chapter: Discipline is not punishment for sin its training. You are now in your Father’s training program to be super hero of faith! Go for it!
- Don’t look behind you! Phil 3:13 says : “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thingI do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before”. Are you hanging on to you past failures? God always require us to first let go of our past before we can step forward into our future. He closes doors first before opening new ones. Peter by faith stepped out of the security of the boat to walk on water. He had to leave the boat behind completely. A famous example of looking back of course, is Lots wife, who turned into a pillar of salt. Spiritually, that is what we may become if we look back over our shoulder! Likewise, the children of Israel had a tendency, when things got tough in the desert, to fondly remembered Egypt – forgetting the bondage!
- Pass the baton on to others: You are in a relay race; an endurance race not a sprint. Your destiny is always tied up in the destiny of others and those following. 2 Tim 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
- Don’t give up! Sometimes entering our destiny is all about holding ground.Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”. There are days we have done everything possible, so this is no excuse for apathy or laziness, but all we can do is stand and trust in God’s to make a way where there is no way.Lets’ be like the might man Shammah. He was not going go let his inheritance and destiny be taken by a bunch of philistines! 2 Sammuel 23:10 “And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
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