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Run with Endurance

Hebrews - Listening to the Lord  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Having heard the superiority of Jesus and the faith of OT saints, the writer of Hebrews now encourages his audience to endure in the faith by looking to and thinking about Jesus.

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Run with Endurance

Hebrews 12:1–11 NKJV
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Lay aside



These trap us and drain us until we quit or die.

Run the race

God has set a path before us.

Proverbs 16:3 NKJV
3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.
Proverbs 16:9 NKJV
9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Think about Jesus

His salvation

His sovereignty

His suffering

Don’t despise God’s discipline

It is evidence of being God’s son.

Don’t be discouraged by God’s rebuke.

It works for God’s purpose in our lives - that we show his character, his holiness to others.

It results in a life marked by righteousness that radiates his peace.

Acts 20:24 ESV
24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:24
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