“Throw Off Every Burden” (Hebrews 12: 1-2, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Consider [Jesus] who endures from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12: 3)

Keep your eyes fixed on Him so you may be able to “run with endurance.” Throw off every burden, avoiding the “sin which clings so closely.” Look to Jesus, who is literally thrilled to accomplish His Father’s will; and so “endures the Cross, despising the shame.” By setting aside His terror and finding strength in His Father, He becomes “the founder and perfecter of our faith.” Now He is “seated at the right hand of the throne of God” where He intercedes for you and me.

Know that “in [our] struggle against sin [we] have not yet resisted to the point of shedding [our] blood.” (Hebrews 12: 4) Therefore, God disciplines us as His children and we are not to “regard lightly the discipline of the Lord.” (Hebrews 12: 5) God “disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness.” (Hebrews 12: 10) Discipline “yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” (Hebrews 12: 11)

Remember that “[we], who are dead in [our] trespasses and the uncircumcision of [our] flesh, God makes alive together with [Jesus], forgiving us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stands against us with its legal demands. This He sets aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2: 13 – 14)

“Therefore, as [we] receive Christ Jesus the Lord, so [we] walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith.” (Colossians 2: 6 – 7)

We walk in Christ by faith.

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