Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us

January 29, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

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 (NIV))

How do you see your life?

Is it a series of one mishap after another? Do you find yourself never finishing what you have started? Do you always find excuses for the things that you let distract you?

Don’t be discouraged, for that is human nature and we all have faced this at one time or another. The key is to allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to bring to fruition the plans that God has for us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV))

God wants to bless us just as He blessed Jabez. God has plans for us. Plans that embrace us being a blessing to those whom we meet. If we don’t embrace those plans for ourselves, then we cannot finish the race that God has laid out before us. We will not persevere. We will not touch the lives that God has planned for us to touch. Our race may very well be the only glimpse of Jesus that some people will ever see. The prize that we may miss out on could be someone else’s salvation.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
(1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV))

Don’t let things of this world hinder your witness. Persevere in the race that God has laid out before you. Someone may depend on your perseverance.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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