Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Message)
Let’s go over the story again – item by item
1. He never lost sight of where he was headed…
Too many times we let distractions and attractions woo us away from a single-minded devotion to Christ and away from our goals and dreams. Sometimes a temporary distraction can permanently derail us from our most holy vocation. When you find yourself flagging in your faith, study Jesus – go over His story again, item by item – it will shoot a good dose of spiritual adrenalin into your soul.
2. He could put up with anything along the way…
We need to develop a thick skin, skin as thick as rhinoceros when it come to dealing the pressures of life. Too often we allow the troubles of life to weigh us down. We buckle under the pressures that come from ministry and oppositions from the enemy. So, when you find yourself flagging in your faith, study Jesus – go over His story again, item by item – it will shoot a good dose of spiritual adrenalin into your soul.
3. He didn’t feel sorry for himself…
In this all out war against sin, the scripture says that others have suffered far worse than you, and what Jesus went through. So don’t feel sorry for yourself. don’t shrug off God’s discipline and don’t be crushed by it either. This trouble you are in is not punishment – it is training. So why not embrace God’s training when you find yourself flagging in your faith, study Jesus – go over His story again, item by item – it will shoot a good dose of spiritual adrenalin into your soul.
4. He resisted every temptation that could potentially stop him from liberating us from sin…
We ought to lay aside every weight and every sin which clings so closely. These are the things that could potentially hinder us from reaching out destiny. Extra spiritual fat and parasitic sins are enough to stop us from running and finishing the race. We ought to lay them aside, study Jesus – go over His story again, item by item – it will shoot a good dose of spiritual adrenalin into your soul.
5. He plowed through
The word plow means to move or progress with driving force. David said, “with the Lord’s help, I can scale a wall, with him I can advance against a troop.” Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength.” When you find yourself flagging in you faith, study Jesus – go over His story again, item by item – it will shoot a good dose of spiritual adrenalin into your soul.
Remind yourself of:
how focused he was on his mission. Remember how he developed a thick skin in the face of adversity. Remember how bravely he walked through his challenges without throwing pity parties. Remember his blameless life and how he endured the cross, despising its shame and is now seated at the right hand of the father.
“That alone will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
The life, death and resurrection of Jesus is the single most powerful story in history from which countless number of people have drawn inspiration and strength. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, a quick study of his life, his story. item by item, will revolutionize your life. It will infuse within you a spiritual adrenalin that will never lose its fizz.
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very inspiring message Walter….and the church said AMEN!
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#3 is key!
I really like the image: ‘a good dose of spiritual adrenaline’. It is helpful to view the Spirit’s activity through the Word in this way. The image rightly navigates us past any semblance of hype, hysteria or emotionalism.
hey Rod, thank you so much… you truly have an eye for these kinds of things. I should say, you are really gifted – it shines through what you do.