Hebrews 12:1-4
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, believing that He died for our sin, we begin our race in this world toward the prize of heaven. Even though we are assured we gain the prize, the Devil tries to pull us off track and down his path of destruction. And we also have our own evil desires to deal with. It seems that everything around us would try and pull us away from the One true source of truth. Sometimes we fail, sometimes we trip and fall, but the key is getting back up and to keep on moving down the path that God has set before us. Sometimes, God will show us very clearly when we are being tempted and pulled from His truth. When we know God’s truth and we are tempted to put it aside and say this one does not apply to me in this situation, it will always lead to more pain and struggle for us. We need to trust that God will make a way of escape. As stated in, 1 Corinthians 10: 13, “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.” We must set aside everything that prevents us from running the race God has set before us. This includes sin that He has revealed in your life. Whenever you are tempted, it is always with sin. God will make a way. Trust Him with all of your heart, soul and mind!

Have a God Day!