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Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won't let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God's throne! So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won't get discouraged and give up.
What is slowing you down in your "race" to the finish of this life? If you are a follower of Jesus Christ you must "lose the weight" that is holding you back and get rid of everything that is keeping you from being what God intends that you be.
Satan has a favorite temptation in his arsenal against you, because it is the one to which you give in so easily! You know what it is and you know that it is the one you must lay aside if you are to run the race as Jesus desires.
In the war of Good versus Evil your flesh is on the side of Satan as it tries to pull your spirit away from Jesus! Your struggle is to submit your flesh and its desires to the Spirit of God. Let God have His way with you. Do what He tells you to do. Go where He tells you to go! When you have let God have victory in your own heart, only then are you ready to do battle in the world around you!
"Lord Jesus, help me today to lay aside the sin that so easily trips me up! Uphold me by Your power so that I may be fit for the battle around me. And may You be praised forever. Amen."