"Since we for our part are surrounded by this cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every encumbrance of sin which clings to us and persevere in running the race which lies ahead." —Hebrews 12:1
You have been running the Christian race for miles, even for years of your life. Sometimes you were the hare and sometimes the tortoise, but nonetheless you've run the race. Now you feel like quitting. The love of Christ that impelled you for so long seems weaker (2 Cor 5:14). You don't know what happened, but you're slowing almost to a stop. You feel as if you can't take another step. What can you do to keep on running?
Keep your "eyes fixed on Jesus, Who inspires and perfects" your faith (Heb 12:2). Lift your eyes to Jesus on the cross and to Jesus on the throne. Jesus will draw you to Himself (Jn 12:32). "Fear is useless. What is needed is trust" (Mk 5:36). "They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint" (Is 40:31).
In Jesus Who is the Source of our strength, we have strength for everything (Phil 4:13).
Prayer: Jesus, may I start once again to pick up speed in running Your race.
Promise: "He endured the cross, heedless of its shame. He has taken His seat at the right of the throne of God. Remember how He endured the opposition of sinners; hence do not grow despondent or abandon the struggle." —Heb 12:2-3
Praise: Frequent Bible reading and prayer helps sustain Emily's faith and strengthen it.
Reference: (For related teaching, order our tape Jesus, the Redeemer on audio AV 50-3 or video V-50.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2006
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