Get rid of what slows you down

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 with perseverance the race marked out for us. – Hebrews 12:1
What is it that keeps us from moving freely as we follow Jesus?

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Ask me for encouragement

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:25
Most of the time when we encourage someone we tell them they are doing a good job. We congratulate them for their performance, mention that their new diet must be working, or spur them on to try that new thing they have wanted to do. We all like to receive this kind of encouragement because it is like receiving a compliment.

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I found grace

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
We can stand before God without any fear or reservation because of our savior Jesus. More than that, we can come to Him openly and even confidently. Jesus has taken care of everything!

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Jesus really knows me

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our frailty and weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. – Hebrews 4:15
No matter what our situation, Jesus can honestly say, “I know what you’re are going through.”

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I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off of Him

Think for a moment about what Jesus went through. He was crucified after suffering torture and mockery. He knew this was going to happen and yet lived with love and compassion for those around Him, even though at that crucial moment they would all run and hide and abandon Him.

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