Hebrews 12:1 (AMP)
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us".
Defining specific words from key scripture:
A. Lay aside B. Weight C. Sin D. Endurance E. Race
II. Identifying a few situations of life that causes Christians to drift away from God.
III. How to Stay In the Race.
Galatians 5:7 (NKJV)
You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
Isaiah 40:29, 31 (AMP)
29 He gives strength to the weary, and to him who has no might He increases power. 31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.
IV. The Full Reward to Staying In the Race.
2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, and I have kept the faith.
Philippians 3:14 (NKJV)
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
V. Stay Focused In the Race.
Keep your life Pure, Holy, Blameless and above reproach. (Colossians 1:23 -Amp)
Remember that the pure in heart are the ones who see God. The more we see God, the less this present age attracts us. (Matthew 5:8 – Amp).