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Passage of the Week – June 28, 2009

June 28, 2009

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

(Hebrews 12:1-3 NASB)

As Christians we are faced with three major enemies; the World, the Flesh, and the Devil. We are constantly beset by our sin nature and temptation. Some days it is a struggle just to focus your thoughts on the Savior. The author of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus is the “author and perfecter of our faith.” He has saved us and in Him, and only Him, do we have our assurance.

Paul spoke of the Christian life as a race (Philippians 3). He does not speak of it as a sprint but as a long marathon. In a marathon runners are frequently on their own and can look to no others to determine their progress. What Hebrews is teaching us is to run the race by fixing our eyes on Christ who has already run where we are and has won the race for us. We run to honor Him with full knowledge that He is waiting for us at the finish line.

The next time we are beset by the enemy let our strength be drawn not from within but from the One for whose glory we run.

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