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Run with endurance!

Scripture reading for October 29th:  Hebrews 12, Psalm 66, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 12:1-4 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”  

In light of the record in Scripture of the many witnesses that have preceded us, we can confidently lay aside every weight or hindrance and run the race of faith straight to the finish line–the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Jesus set the perfect example and He is with us to help us through the mountains and valleys we encounter along the road of faith.  Unlike Jesus, our faith walk has not yet cost us loss of our own life blood.  Even if it should, we have Jesus’ resurrection to encourage us.

Faith Confession:  I look ahead to Jesus Christ as my goal of life and example of how to achieve it.  By faith and confidence in Christ, through reading God’s Word and following the Holy Spirit, I will not grow weary or loose heart but will obtain the Goal!

Proverbs 31:8-9  “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  

 

 

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Running with Patience!

Scripture reading for November 14th: Hebrews 11:32-12:13

The race of faith takes patience.  The main reason for this is that no one knows when the promise of Jesus Christ’s return will take place.  We must live in anticipation daily and constantly live a holy life.  We might even leave this life through death before the promise of His coming is fulfilled.  In fact, all the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 died without receiving what was promised them!  (Hebrews 11:39-40)  Only together with us will they be made perfect!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

The race of faith requires our total concentration.  Jesus Christ is the author of all faith in that He is the living word of God.  Faith comes by hearing the word of God.  Jesus also perfects our faith through his prayers of intercession as we work our way through the trials of this life on earth.  He set the perfect example of faith in enduring the cross and finishing the work God had for Him to do here on earth.  He encourages us to endure opposition and never give up.

The writer of Hebrews encouraged the Hebrew believers to endure hardship as if it were the discipline of the Lord.   The Lord always disciplines those He loves for their good and profit.  True sons are loved by God and disciplined in order to share in His holiness.  (Hebrews 12:10)  Discipline is never easy or without some pain.  Discipline produces righteousness for those trained by it.

The race of faith is an endurance race run by those pleasing God.  God wants all in that race to win the crown of life.  Today is a good day to refocus your life and thoughts on Jesus Christ.  His greatest joy will be you and I in His presence for eternity.  Are you running in this great race?  The winner gets the crown!

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Running with patience the race of faith!

Scripture reading for November 14th: Hebrews 11:32-12:13

The race of faith takes patience.  The main reason for this is that no one knows when the promise of Jesus Christ’s return will take place.  We must live in anticipation daily and be constantly living a holy life.  We might even leave this life through death before the promise of His coming is fulfilled.  In fact, all the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 died without receiving what was promised them!  (Hebrews 11:39-40)  Only together with us will they be made perfect!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

The race of faith requires our total concentration.  Jesus Christ is the author of all faith in that He is the living word of God.  Faith comes by hearing the word of God.  Jesus also perfects our faith through his prayers of intercession as we work our way through the trials of this life on earth.  He set the perfect example of faith in enduring the cross and finishing the work God had for Him to do here on earth.  He encourages us to endure opposition and never give up.

The writer of Hebrews encouraged the Hebrew believers to endure hardship as if it were the discipline of the Lord.   The Lord always disciplines those He loves for their good and profit.  True sons are loved by God and disciplined in order to share in His holiness.  (Hebrews 12:10)  Discipline is never easy or without some pain.  Discipline produces righteousness for those trained by it.

The race of faith is an endurance race run by those pleasing God.  God wants us all in that race and running to win the crown of life.  Today is a good day to refocus your life and thoughts on Jesus Christ and His great example.  His greatest joy was you and I in His presence for eternity.  Are you running in this great race?  The winner gets the crown!

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