As we move and teach, share these Truths with your students.
“You are with me, I am not alone.” Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 41:10; Deut. 31:6;
“I will run, move and dance in the freedom You have given me.” John 8:36; Gal. 5:1; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:1-2
“I will run to You and not away from You.” Hebrews 12:1-2; Psalm 91:1-2; Matthew 11:28-29; Hebrews 4:16
“I will fix my eyes on You, because You are the Author and Finisher of this race.” Hebrews 12:1-2; Isaiah 40:31; Revelation 22:13; 2 Timothy 4:7
“I will run with purpose, because You have chosen me for this race.” 2 Timothy 1:9; Phil. 1:6, 1Thess 5:24; 1 Cor. 1:9; Matt. 28:19-20; Jeremiah 1:5; Eph 2:10; John 15:16
"Run to God when you’re happy,
Run to God when you’re hurt.
Run to God when life gets weary,
Run to God when you’re full of energy.
Run to God when you question, when you doubt, and when you fear.
Run to God when you need wisdom, or when you need anything at all!
Please don’t run away from God, RUN TO GOD! He is always there.” - Jolly Notes Devotional
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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
Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. - Job 33:4
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. -
1 Corinthians 9:24
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. - 2 Timothy 4:7
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected. - Proverbs 18:10
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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Week 1/Question #1 - What do you need to throw off that’s hindering you in this race? Are you willing to throw it down? What is entangling you and keeping you from fixing your eyes on Jesus.
What is keeping you from focusing on Him? What is causing discontentment?
Breath prayer from Tanya:
Inhale: I can do all things
Exhale: Through Christ who gives me strength.
We can do all things, because we are content in Him.
Week 2/Question #2: What does it look like to run with perseverance?
Greek word hypomone means endurance, patiently waiting, steadfast
Dictionary meaning = to persist in spite of difficulty, obstacles, discouragement.”
Using running as an example: there is a point in your run when your lungs, legs begin to burn, your heart is pumping and that’s all you can focus on. How do we endure when it gets hard?
Revelation Wellness instructor Ron McDonald says, “mind over muscle.” I love this because a lot of this is mental more than muscle when it comes to endurance.
What comes to your mind when life gets hard? What do you fix your mind on? Truth or Lies?
Suggestion: Have them brain dump what comes to their mind or share with their battle buddy.
Tanya has shared this in class…
“Drishti” is a view, gaze, point of focus. Your focal point where you lock your eyes during a yoga pose. It allows the mind to focus.
Who or what are you locking your eyes on?
“Sometimes our race is not what we hoped for or expected. It’s easy to focus our eyes on our shortcomings and disappointments. Hebrews 12 reminds us where to fix our eyes - on Jesus. He’s the pioneer, the first, the one blazing the trail, my pacer for life.” Dorina Young
Week 3/Question #3: What does it look like to fix your eyes on Jesus?
How do we fix our eyes on Him in the race He has called us to?
Keep your eyes focused/locked in on Him. Don’t look around, don’t compare, don’t criticize, don’t condemn, instead center your focus on Him.
Envision Jesus at the finish line…
What is He doing?
What is He saying to you?
Where are His eyes?
Going back to mind over muscle from the previous week.
What are you focusing on? Truth or lies?
Do you have a fighter verse in these moments? Encourage those in your classes to claim a verse to memorize and meditate on during these moments.
Armed with Truth:
These are temporary Scripture Tattoos. A lot to choose from!
Week 4/Question:#4 How did Jesus do this?
Jesus knew who He was, He knew that God called for a purpose. “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The aSpirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath banointed me to cpreach the dgospel to the epoor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to fpreach gdeliverance to the hcaptives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at iliberty them that are bruised, 19 aTo preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18
Jesus focused on doing the will of His Father. His mission was to tell others about Him and it was His joy to endure the cross.
This race of life is not about us, it’s about Him.
Where has God called you?
Why has God called you?
How is calling you?
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