Difficulty is part of our package as children of God;
God doesn’t exempt us from going through these difficulties, failure, challenges, drawbacks and such things. Perhaps its Gods tool for making us the kind of people He intends us to be. Jesus Christ is coming back for a perfect church and the process he uses to make us perfect is through the drawbacks, challenges and all such kinds of hardships that make us come out better.
Hebrews. 12:1-3 (NIV) 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. “Therefore” means there’s a story behind you, there is a great cloud of witnesses, seen in Hebrews 11, the hallmark of faith.
The cloud of witnesses is there to cheer us on because they have walked this road in the past, so they are looking down and cheering us on.
Noah cheers us on when we are being mocked because he too was mocked when he built an ark for 120 years yet with no rain, but the rains came anyway.
Sarah who was childless for many years is cheering you on if you have no child yet
If you feel that you have committed a sin unforgivable, you need to know that no sin before God is unforgiven if you will return and confess and repent.
If you have been a sex worker or were born out of wedlock, Rahab cheers you on because she has been there.
Moses who killed an Egyptian is cheering us on.
Whatever we are going through, there is someone who has gone through it in fact Paul encourages us;
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
13 There hath no temptation taken hold of you but such as is common to man. But God is faithful; He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
The Olympic spirit says that the most important thing is not winning but taking part, the essential thing is not conquering but fighting on to the end. As Christians we should have the Olympic spirit.
Weights are not necessarily sinful but they could be habits that slow us down in our walk with Christ, for example, it could be sleep, social media, laziness and others. These take so much of our time and so we ought to take them off and lay them aside because they are not essential to life.
Sins on the other hand are the things we easily fall prey to, those things that offend God. The things He tells us not to do but we do, the anger, jealousy, theft (corruption) among others. If you are jealous for example, you end up running someone’s race because you will want to compete with them.
If you are running some body’s race, yours is still waiting for you.
If we are to run successfully we must keep our lane and run our race and lay off every weight that so easily entangles us. The race is marked out for each one and we must run our own race. Life is not a competition.
No matter where you begin from, if you will run the race that God has marked out for you, you will become successful. You will waste a lot of time, money and energy trying to run another persons race.
Hebrews 12:2 NIV fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
As Christians we need to focus our attention on Jesus. If your focus is money, you will end up stealing or being corrupt. Whatever you focus on determines your actions- your focus becomes the reality. So much is surrounding us in this season and we can easily loose our focus.
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Let Christ be our focus
Matthew.14:30 NIV But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” For as long as Peters eyes were on the Lord he kept afloat. The moment He took His eyes and looked at his circumstance and surrounding, he became heavy and soon began to sink. Keep your eyes on Jesus in every season.
Colossians 3:1-5 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
We should set our mind on Jesus because we were raised with Him and our life is now hidden in Him.
The challenge, the sickness, pain, disappointment you are going
through is not the last chapter of your life.
Psalms.118:17 KJV I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.
Therefore let us walk and run the race we are called with perseverance.