The Challenge Before Us As Believers
INTRODUCTION: After giving us the ''Roll Call of Heroes'' in Hebrews 11, the writer moves to a personal challenge for our lives. This is likened unto the ''Race of Life or of Faith.'' Race began at salvation, continues today in sanctification, and one day will end (glorification).
I. WE NEED TO COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS CHALLENGE 1-3
A. Recognize Our Burdensome Weights 1
Encumbrances that take away spiritual sensitivity in our hearts. It may be perfectly legitimate but it takes the edge off our spiritual lives.
1. It cuts away our hunger to know God
2. It takes away our desire to be obedient to
the will and purpose of God.
3. It holds us back.
4. It is a weight.
5. They dissipate our spiritual desires.
God never removes anything from our lives unless He gives us something better to replace our loss.
God is not a TAKER. He is a GIVER.
B. Recognize Our Besetting Sins
''easily ensnares us'' - it wraps around us like a vine that climbs a tree and wraps itself around it.
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