BY PASTOR SHURREA DANIELS
Hebrew 12:1 “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 lets run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
As I begin to read this verse, several things come to mind. Hebrew 12:1 comes as one of encouragement to the believer. This scripture informs us that we have a heavenly host that is cheering us on to win the race set before us. Moreover, it explains that the race is marked out for us individually. What? The race in which I am running is designed for me to win. How so? I’m glad you ask.
If we would throw off everything that hinders us from obtaining the prize we win. What are some things that can hinder us? Depression, Worrying, loneliness, Negative Influences, Doubt, and Insecurity. Then He goes on to say get rid of the SIN as well (fornication, adultery, lying, stealing, gossiping, idolatry, and so forth). Once we have rid ourselves of these things, then we are able to run with tenacity, persistence and complete the race without regard to past failures or sins.
Why? We are able to see clearly the race set before us. Jesus is our greatest witness as He was tempted on every point and defeated SIN. For that reason, He has given us a Comforter to guide us in winning this race, therefore, we can’t lose. My brother and sisters, this is good gospel news. No longer are we indebted to our past. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; He marks out a race for us to win eternal life. What an awesome God we serve.
Scripture states that he puts no more on us than we are able to bare. If the race has been designed with you in mind then you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus! There will be hurdles on the road to the finish line, but thanks be to God that He provides correction along the way. When those old feelings try to resurface or that SIN tries to entrap you God says that He makes a way of escape for us.
All we have to do is follow the detour signs and we will have victory over the enemy. As you move about this week, keep in mind that we are in a race and the enemy desires to sift us as wheat, but thanks be to God that He already has prayed for us.
Peace and Blessings!