Witnesses, Races & Crowns

Witnesses, Races & Crowns

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 . . .  (Heb 12:1)

The witnesses spoken of in the above verse are already in heaven (saints from the Old Testament).  We are instructed to lay aside every weight (cares of this life, family concerns, money issues, etc.) and sin, and to resolutely run the “race” that is set before us.  The race is the Christian life which is a marathon, not a sprint.  This is why we must run it with fortitude, patience and faith.

“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.”  (Joh 5:31-33)

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus says that His witness is John, the Baptist.  Let us ask ourselves, who will be our witnesses? 

Every believer whom we have ever known who is already in the heavenlies, is our witness.  Other witnesses will include everyone who has ever known us, as well as our own family and extended family members.  What will they be able to say about us?  Will they be able to testify that we are Christians and that we lived as Christians?  Will our spouse and our own children be able to give a good testimony about us?  These are vital points to consider and reflect upon.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  (1 Cor 9:24) 

Run your race in such a profoundly beautiful way that you will assuredly receive your crown in heaven which is the prize for which we strive.

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise . . .  (Heb 10:36)

We need to endure and persevere in faith and strength, so that we may receive these blessed promises.  Hallelujah!

Come, You Burdened Ones

Come, You Burdened Ones

Jesus is calling ALL those who are weary and burdened to Himself, and He promises to give us rest.  Glory to God!  He doesn’t limit His invitation in any way—all are welcome to turn to Him.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   (Mt 11:28-29 NIV)

Jesus’ ways are gentle because He is humble in heart, and He promises to give us rest.  Imagine it!  How much would you like to put your burdens, cares, and anxieties down?  How longingly would each one of us like to experience genuine, de-stressing rest?

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.  (Jer 31:25 NKJV) 

In this verse, the Lord says that He has filled to satisfaction the weary one, and He has re-filled the sorrowful soul.  This is language that conveys giving the weary and the sorrowful everything that they need so that they feel contented, comforted and relaxed.  Glory to God!

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  (Joh 6:37 NIV)  Jesus says that anyone who comes to Him will NEVER be rejected.  Never means not once.

What has burdened you?  What has hurt you or worried you for such a long time?  How can you find genuine, lasting relief?  The Scriptures point us to Jesus, the Redeemer and Deliverer.  He has promised to deliver us from evil.   (Gal 1:4; 2 Tim 4:18) 

God says that He restores our souls.  (Ps 23:3)  Restore means to rebuild.  He will rebuild our souls—the core of who we are!  Our souls are the seat of our mind, will, and emotions.  He is the miracle-working God and He is the only One who can restore souls.

In the first Bible verse shown above, Jesus says that He will give rest to our souls.  He is saying that He will give each one of us a peace-filled rest to the depths of our very consciousness.  Praise God!  Now that’s a miracle, indeed!