40 Days of Joy - The Joy Set Before Us - Day 7

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Hebrews 12:1-2 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Christian life is like running a race. Many have gone before us and finished their race (the cloud of witnesses described in Hebrews 11). We are running our race now.

What do we need to lay aside to win the race that God has for us?

How are we to run?

On whom are we to focus?

On what did Jesus focus as He went to the cross for us?

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • What do you need to lay aside today that is hindering you from running the race God has set before you?

  • Find a verse to help you focus on Jesus as you run your race today.

  • Thank Jesus for enduring the cross for you.

Father, I accept the race You have set before me. Forgive me for the sin that takes me away from following You whole-heartedly. Help me to lay it aside today and to focus on Jesus today. He endured the cross to pay for my sin and secure my salvation. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

1 Corinthians 9:24 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

2 Timothy 4:7 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

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