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SPIRITUAL RESILIENCE

June 11, 2015

Friday

 

Hebrews 12:1-3

 

WHEREFORE seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

 

 

LESSON

 

The “cloud of witnesses” refers to the Old Covenant saints whom the writer just mentioned . They are “witnesses” not because they presently witness our actions, but because by their lives they bore witness to their faith in God. In view of this encouragement we should lay aside everything that impedes our running the Christian race successfully.

Paul knew that real people facing real life challenges were capable of disappointment and discouragement while running the race. He challenges us to consider the life and sacrifice of Jesus. He reminds us of His obedience and willingness to pay the highest price for our salvation and so that we might be encouraged to finish the race. When you feel discouraged, remember Jesus. When you want to give up, remember that Jesus didn’t give up. When you are disappointed, keep in mind that Jesus continued on His assignment and didn’t allow any obstacles to get in the way of His personal race. Jesus Christ finished the race. He makes it possible for you to finish the race today. Will you finish the race? Will you decide to take every action possible to finish the race God has placed before you?

 

Memory verse: 2 Timothy 1:7

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