Run With Endurance
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 let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me this morning (Dee’s thoughts) and thank you for all your comments. I so appreciate it and they spur’s me on. This morning we are going to discuss this Scripture in Hebrews “running with endurance”. Let’s get going:
I want to address this message today to those like me who has perhaps looked at this Scripture and not totally understand it fully. I remember the day when I did not know there was a race marked out for me (in Jesus) nor did I understand it. I was used to running for sure, but it was not the race marked out for me. It was just the race of life in my own strength. I know you understand where I am coming from!
A Quote from George Matheson wrote…We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid. Yet there is a patience that I believe to be harder—the patience that can run.
To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still: it is the power to work under stress; to have a great weight at your heart and still run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform the daily tasks. It is a Christ-like thing! The hardest thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in the sickbed but in the street.” To wait is hard to do it with “good courage” is harder!
I did not know that there were things in my life that was weighing me down. Burdens and weights I was carrying that I didn’t need to carry. I just keep on running and running but did not know where I was running to or why until one day I ran into Jesus and everything changed. I began to learn that the best way to move forward was to leave behind all the things of the past.
The Spirit of God bids us "run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus." He is our Forerunner, always before us, always leading us on. Let the soul follow hard after Him, and it will become almost oblivious to what it leaves behind. The one who is running for the goal, in his eagerness to win the prize, strips himself of one and then another article of clothing. He will not count their worth, so long as he may win the prize.
So be patient in the run that you may attain it! One of the hardest things to overcome is “waiting”. It is in the waiting that running becomes the most difficult. But it is in the hard times when we need to run the hardest with patience knowing that God has marked out our journey and has given us His strength to finish the race.
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