You can read the Bible time after time, and each time you are bound to find a new meaning that will touch your heart. Yesterday was a really busy day for me, but I really try to make sure I always have my morning devotions. When I went to see the Bible verse of the day, it was Hebrews 12:1; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
When unraveling this verse little by little, I found it remarkably inspiring:
When reading Hebrews 12:1 it says, “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.” As Christians, our life on this earth is not going to be easy and we will have difficulties. But there are people in Heaven cheering us on, because they know that our trials on this earth are so little compared to the great treasures waiting for us in Heaven.
The next part of Hebrews 12:1 is, “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely.” This verse should hit the hearts of every man and every woman, because we are all sinners carrying our own baggage. This means that we must forgive ourselves in the process, letting go of our past and the sins that are with it. Hebrews 12:24 declares the almighty power of the “blood” of Jesus Christ on the cross, which gives us the opportunity to release the baggage we do carry. The blood of Jesus declares that justice has been satisfied; therefore, let’s bring on God’s mercy. Because “our God is a consuming fire” and we have been saved from his wrath, through the work of Jesus Christ. Now that is something to celebrate!!!
Finally, Hebrews 12:1 also states, “let us run with endurance.” Endurance is not the kind of patience that sits down and accepts things, but is the type of patience that endures trials, masters difficulties, and moves on steadily. This is something that I read a while back, that has really stuck with me. The most comforting thing in this statement is the “let us” phrase, because it confirms that God will be by our side through it all. In the end, we must realize that our trials on this earth are nothing that we can’t handle. Understanding that God gives man into their own sin, means He doesn’t make bad things happen in our life, but sometimes He may allow those bad things to happen in our life, so that we can refocus our life and find our strength in Him alone. Again, God doesn’t give us anything we can’t conquer. There is nothing God can’t handle, because He endured the ultimate sacrifice for our sins on the cross; therefore, He wants you to bring all your worries before Him in prayer.
(Ephesians 1:11) For it is In Christ that we find out Who We Are & What We Are Living For…
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