1 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,
God bless you today…
I’ve often wondered about the things that have gone on in my life. There are many reasons for the things that we suffer and no one is exempt from suffering. As a Christian I wonder more about why I haven’t successfully dealt with my circumstances.
To narrow it down, for the most part it, it is our FOCUS. We ask, “why is it so bad?”, when we should ask, “What are we focusing on when things are at their worst?” Our human nature is conditioned to looking at our circumstances instead of looking at God. When we take our eyes off of God, we become like Peter when he walked on water, we become fearful and begin to drown. (Matthew 14:24-34). Yes, we drown figuratively, the problem begins to rise over our heads and it completely consumes us. How do we stop the drowning? How do we come up for air? How do we stop feeling the pulling sensation that causes us to feel death all around us? Better, how do we make it to dry land?
We must FOCUS on God, the Author and Finisher of our faith! We must focus on every Word that we’ve received about us being Children of God. We are more than Conquerors (Rom. 8:37), we are the head and not the tail (Deut. 28:13), weeping may endure for a night but JOY comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)! Whatever you are going through, do not take your eyes off of God. Stay focused! I’m praying for you but more importantly, Jesus is praying for you (Heb. 7:25)!
2 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.
3 For consider him that endured such contradication of sinners against himself,lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son,despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?