Hebrews 12:1-2 Devotional on Things to be left behind

Daily Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV

Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV
(1)  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
(2)  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Today’s Devotional Is Things to be left behind KJV

LEAVE BEHIND your past sins. These were many and large, far more than you can count. They have been taken away “as far east as the west is from the east” if they are confessed and abandoned. 1Jn_1;9 is the most explicit. It is futile to dwell on the past. It has been buried by God in the tomb of Christ. Sin no more!

Get rid of your bad habits (R.V. marg.). They are ill-temper and jealousy. Pride, evil-speaking and pride are all things you know. They have taken you down again and again, leaving your clothes stained and torn. You should have some closure in your life. Col_3:8-9 states that the command to put off an old man is in the definite present. It refers to one strong, sudden act of will, God-nerved or God-empowered. This is when you need to strike for liberty. “Ye have die, and your life with Christ is hid in God.”

Don’t let your lofty ideals go. They used to be far ahead of you. They seemed nearly impossible to reach, and mocking voices raised their disapproval at your attempts. You are now sitting at the summit that once seemed to make you laugh. It is time to leave it behind! Keep looking up! Look up! Aren’t there new ideas calling to you? Don’t let your ambitions get in the way of your dreams. Although one battle is won, a stronger foe blocks the way to the front. It is dangerous to rest on your laurels; this will lead to the inevitable backward drift.

Press forward to get rid of all that you don’t want. The Spirit of God asks us to “run with patience, the race laid before us, looking unto Jesus.” He is our Forerunner. He is always there, leading us forward. Like the plume from Henry of Navarre his crest is always at the forefront of the fight. The soul will be almost blind to the consequences of following Him if it follows hard. In his desire to win the prize the boy runs, and he strips himself of every article of clothing. He won’t count their worth if he wins the prize. Run that you may reach! Take possession of the things for which you were arrested! Hold on to the crown of your life!

PRAYER for Today

Thankful God, please give me the Holy Spirit to be able to run in the direction Thou hast ordained for me. May Jesus be my constant companion. AMEN.