Look at Jesus, Intentionally Focused (week one)

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Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself,
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
~ Hebrews 12:1-3 (KJV)

Since we are surrounded by so many great examples of those who have gone before us, bearing testimony to the Truth, throw off anything and everything that weighs us down and slows down our progress. Make sure you watch out for and run away from all the sin that easily gets us tangled up, sets a trap for us, grabs us around the ankles and yanks us down. Run the race patiently. I think of the lyrics in a hymn, “…bear patiently…”.

Do not stop. Move forward. Move on. Never give up! Never quit! Keep going!
If you fall down, REPENT! and get right back up!

Look at Jesus! Look to Him for all the encouragement, motivation and the spirit you need to not faint or fade. Jesus, being flesh and bone like us, endured the horrific pain of the cross and He disregarded the shame. How did He endure such suffering and anguish? Why didn’t He think about the shame? Because He was thinking about the joy He knew was waiting for Him, everlasting joy with His Holy Father!

Whenever you feel life is too much, or you’re waiting is too long…think about the hatred and the hostility that our loving Saviour endured so you will not grow weary in well doing and get tired of living your life for Eternity. Always think about Jesus and all He suffered through so you will not become discouraged and lose heart.

Look at Jesus!

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Growing in grace,
Melissa
II Cor 9:8

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