Hebrews 12:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)
12 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, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Do Not Grow Weary
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
WHY? WHY WOULD YOU STOP NOW?
Why when you’ve put in so much work, effort, discipline, time and commitment would you quit? (I’m just preachin to myself)
The thing you were after, your breakthrough, your healing, your BIG GOAL is on the other side of where you’re standing right now.
Why quit now?
Isn’t this the reason you started in the first place? I get it, you’ve done everything you know to do, you’ve exhausted yourself, you’ve pushed yourself further than you’ve ever pushed in your life. But ok, you won’t go there. (Stil just preachin to myself)
THROW OFF THE WEIGHT
There is where the blessing sits.
There is the help you’ve been praying about.
There is the key that unlocks the chains
YES there’s a grip. It’s called a STRONGHOLD. It’s holding on strong, to you!
One that can only be unlocked or broken through humility. Humility of recognizing and admitting I CAN’T, but God can.
Humility that accepts HIS plan might take me off course.
Humility that submits to the idea that His plan might require me to go help someone else instead of helping myself. Helping someone else without expecting them to return the favor.
Humility that says let’s talk about where you came from.
Humility that takes you back there.
Humility that says THIS IS WHO YOU ARE.
Humility that says NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO QUIT.
Humility that does what’s required even when what’s required seems too ridiculous or too humbling!
How bad do you want it? Is it worth one more time? Is it worth the weight?
WHERE’S YOUR FAITH?
Faith is not passive, it speaks, it acts, it stretches.
Yesterday I was challenged to move toward something I truly believed yet my actions deceptively proved otherwise.
I got pushed, almost to tears, oh y’all, I pushed through but it wasn’t easy.
I’m telling y’all the voices of accusation, guilt and rationalization were there to cheer me on and when I felt like quitting they cheered YES JUST STOP WHY ARE WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF.
Then I heard “faith without works is dead”…
Something came alive in me.
I know it was faith.
I know it was trust that God never leaves us and fully equips us with what we need.
I know it was a flame that tried to go out but I had to fan it, to ask God to breathe on it! Faith is a verb.
When’s the last time your faith did something greater than fear?
When’s the last time your faith had a voice?
When’s the last time your faith moved?
When’s the last time your faith was stretched WITHOUT getting twisted or bent out of shape?
Where’s your faith?
Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (James 2:14-17 MSG)
How much does your why weigh?