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Hebrews 12:1-3  Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens.

This passage is such a wonderful challenge. How many of us truly recognize the baggage we carry around with us? What are the things that pull us away from a relationship with Christ? What is it that keeps us from extending Christ’s love to the sick, lonely and/or hurting people around us? Busy-ness? Business profits? Poorly utilized idle time? Self-centeredness? Pride? Worry?

Hebrews 12:1 commands us to cast off those things that hinder us. I have a lot of cluter in my life – both physical and personal demands I allow to be made on my time. How freeing it would be to cast it all off and to run the race with total abandon. May God help me through this process.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by our circumstances and to allow them to pull us down. Verse two tells us how to rise above them – to fix our eyes on Jesus keeping in mind how he endured even death on the cross to obtain his goal. Whatever our burdens are, they can’t begin to compare with what Christ endured, yet he not only endured it, he did it for the “joy set before him.” He set the example for us by looking above and beyond the current circumstances to the joy of heaven that awaited him. We can have that same joy. Let us not lose heart.

Father God, help us to recognize and cast off those idols and distractions that keep us from fellowshiping with you and from serving you. Help us to run the race with joy and abandon.


Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted
. Psalms 138:1-3(NIV)

     On one occasion in my life when I struggled from oppression coupled with depression, I found myself unable to bring myself to attend Sunday morning worship service, because I knew how prone I would have been to sit and cry through the service.  But my grief didn’t prevent me from worshiping my God, who I knew loved me.  I armed myself with my Scripture song tapes, songbooks, and my Bible, and went to a quiet spot beside the lake in the state park near my home.  I cried through one Scripture song after another, and looked up the Bible verses many of them represented.  As I sang these songs, most of which sang God’s praises, God began to speak to my spirit, lifting me above my circumstances.  I left the park with tear streaked cheeks, but with eyes that shone with the joy of the Lord. 

     As I read the third verse in the above passage, I was reminded of that morning so long ago, and of other similar times, when I called and He answered me.  He made me bold and stouthearted. 

     Praise the Lord!  It will do your heart good.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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