Have you cast off the things of the world that will hinder you spiritually?
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 New International Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
The world around us is constantly witnessing to us it’s worldly, sinful, immoral ways. It is constantly bombarding us with things that are not Godly, with what they claim is the acceptable norm for today. Lesbianism and homosexuality are not the norm nor are they acceptable to God. Who says what is acceptable, them or God? I think it is God who says and Romans Chapter 1 is very clear how God feels about it. It is nothing but their justification for their lack of very poor judgment and their immoral ways. They try to make everyone think it is okay and the norm. Teaching our children pro-Islam or Harry Potter’s witchcraft in school is NOT the norm. Arresting Christians because they speak God’s Word is NOT the norm. We need to throw off the vision given us by the world, shake it off and turn away from the lustful sins that come with the things of the world. We need to set our minds on the things that are from above, from the Father. You can’t embrace the things of the world and be Christian (Christ-like) at the same time!
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” The ways of the world brings forth death!
We need to press into the things of God using Jesus as our example. We have a race, a course charted for us, that was charted before we were even born. But we must choose to run that race, and not only to run the race but to run it to win and finish. It’s our choice. God’s way and life or the world’s way and death, the choice is yours!
Holy Father, I thank You and praise You for who You and what You are. I thank You Lord that You are a loving Father, who has charted my race for me before the beginnings of time. I thank You Lord, that You know the end of my race and the outcome if I will only follow You. I thank you Lord that I can choose to run that race and that You will provide the example and the strength I need to complete my race. In the precious name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray.