“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Hebrews 12:1-2

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TODAY’S WORD…

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So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way,

and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly,

and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

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Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,

on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.

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He did not give up because of the cross!

On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for Him,

He thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and He is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.

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– Hebrews 12:1-2 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Faith fills us with hope

and that hope gives us the determination we need to run the race.

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As true believers, we run the race

in spite of all obstacles we encounter along the way,

and all the urgings and temptations from everywhere to pull out of the race

and to simply “lie back and enjoy life, because we only live once!”

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Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus will help us get there.

He too ran the race – and how!

He too was tempted to do otherwise – and how!

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That’s why Jesus became one like us: to show us the way;

to show us, through His own extreme example, how the race should be run,

with faith, hope and joy in our hearts.

He showed us how not to give up,

so as to finally get to that glorious and joyful destination which God has promised us,

and which we so yearn for.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, help me keep my eyes fixed on You, as I run the race of life with great joy and expectation in my heart.

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