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Hitting the Wall

Nov 12, 2017 | Tom Harding

Heart of Running (Hitting the Wall - Week 2)

To reveal the kind of faith required for the life of Christianity and this is revealed through Jesus

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV84) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Faith is not:
If I do this, God will do this. That is God as puppet.
Not a formula. If I do the spiritual hokey pokey I will be healed.
Not a way to figure out the answers to the universe.

Jesus said to people who follow him,

John 16:33 (NIV84) 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will havetrouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus says, in Him we can have peace even when there is trouble. 

Faith is STILL living with the confidence that God is who he says he is and He will do everything he promises to do.

John 20:17 (NIV84) 17 . . . ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV84) “Therefore (because we are a people of faith) since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, (others have made it, so we can too) 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.” 

Biblical faith never requires you to deny reality. (Click to Tweet)

“everything that hinders—literally translated, what weighs you down. 

·     For some of you it’s your past. It weighs you down and you carry it everyday. 

·     For others its expectations of yourself and for some it’s the expectations you place on other people. 

·     Or maybe its fear, can I be fully known and fully loved. So we don’t deal with it and we trip our way through life.

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV84) 1” 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 (head out the door) with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV84) 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for thejoy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

A way to think about Alpha and Omega is this,

“The one who got me into this is the one who will get me through this.”

Hebrews 12:3 (NIV84)3 Consider him (Jesus) who endured such opposition from sinful people, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Romans 8:32 (NIV84) 32 He (God) who did not spare his own Son (Jesus), but gave him (Jesus) up for us all—how will he (God) not also, along with him (Jesus), graciously give us all things?

Proverbs 3:5 (NIV84)5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Being a fan of Jesus is not the same as being a follower of Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2–3 (NIV84) 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him 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 sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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