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Restoring Spiritual Vitality - Part 3 (3 of 3)
INTRODUCTION: To "grow weary" or to "lose heart" are both terms that carry the idea of becoming exhausted and giving up. Sometimes in life it's the extra weight that has been placed on us and at other times it is the sin that seems to surround us. Hebrews 12:1, says; "let us lay aside every encumbrance (weight), and the sin which so easily entangles us (surrounds us)," and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing (as if turning away from all else) our eyes on Jesus."
Remove anything that hinders-as an athlete would strip away every piece of unnecessary clothing before competing in the race.
Sins cherished by the one competing.
A steady determination to keep going, regardless of the temptation to slow down or give up. We derive our word "agony" from this word, reminding us that at times it is a grueling effort.
"A faith that can't be tested, can't be trusted," or "a faith that hasn't been tested, can't be trusted"
The writer of Hebrews exhorts us to see Jesus as our example, for He persevered so He might receive the "joy of accomplishment."
2 John 8, "Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward."
The idea here is of the fullness of a believers reward for all the good he/she has done
(1 Corinthians 3:10-17)
I. THE INCARNATION FOR RESTORATION
OF SPIRITUAL VITALITY
Jesus' Temptation Narrative
We have recorded something so real to every Christian that so desires to live a life pleasing to the Lord, a life that will rebound to God's Glory. In the Temptation Narrative, Jesus exposed the tactics (devices) of the enemy and revealed to us how we can overcome when we are tempted to "give up."
Remember, temptation is Satan's tool to defeat us (give up), but it can become God's tool to devel ...
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