Thanks to Tony who sent this out earlier this week.
I was really challenged by Joe Kerrigans message 'The race', and since then I feel I must share this familiar scripture ,while it is for everyone I feel that at this time it is for the Men in Church.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Witnesses tell of something that they have seen but there are also witnesses who watch what is happening. ! Wow isn’t that amazing!
Anyone who has ever competed in Cross County running knows that the course is marked out with various markers along the way & it's far from easy , up hills, downhill, through muck , water ! if they were not there you would get lost along the way but as Believers’ the course is already marked out (verse 1 And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us) In the 100 metre sprint a runner will only look at the finishing tape ahead and will not Look to the left or right. No distractions, no hindrances , just fixed eyes. (fixing our eyes on JESUS ) He is the one willing us on! To keep running , to keep going even if we stumble and fall as He has already run the course right up to the cross .
We all feel at times Weary and lose heart and want to give up ,I know that I have but we need to Persevere and for those who have thought lately about giving up , so the word to you is get back in the race.!
Be blessed and have a great day!