Throw Off Hindrances
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith....—Hebrews 12:1-2
Is Satan giving you a hard time in your life of faith in the Christian race you are running? Expect it if you are a believing child of God!
Satan hates your God. He hates Jesus Christ. He hates your faith. You should be aware of the devil's evil intentions. He wants you to lose the victor's crown in the race you have entered by faith through grace....
When by faith we have entered this lifelong spiritual course, the Holy Spirit whispers, "Do you truly want to be among the victors in this discipline?" When we breathe our "Yes! Yes!" He whispers of ways that will aid us and carry us to certain victory.
The Spirit tells us to throw off everything that would hinder us in the race. He tells us to be aware of the little sins and errors that could divert us from the will of God as we run. But here is the important thing: He tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus, because He alone is our pacesetter and victorious example. Jesus, Author of our Faith, 75-76.
"Father, let me see Jesus this morning. Then go with me today and help me to keep my eyes fixed on Him. I'm going to encounter all kinds of diversions; I'll look to You to keep my eyes and heart focused on my 'pacesetter and victorious example.' Amen."