Spiritual Warfare: Cure for Christian Weariness

Sunday Morning, August 7, 2016
Key Verses: Hebrews 12:1, 2, 12–17
Hebrews 12:1, 2 ~ “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:12-17 ~ “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”
The Christian Life Is a Struggle
A. Although it is described as a race in Hebrews 12:1, it is not a competitive one. This misunderstanding comes from the word agoṜ’n, translated “race.” It actually means struggle. The metaphor of the race, however, does depict that this struggle has a beginning and an end. The idea of surpassing other Christians, however, is not implied in the word.
B. Rather, this is an individual race in which God has set a goal for each one of us. It is His desire that we each reach our goal.
In the Struggle, We Become Weary
A. One important cause is physical exhaustion (Isa. 40:31; 2 Cor. 4:16; Heb. 12:12). Due to sin, our physical body is in a state of decay and on a downhill course (Rom. 8:23).
Isaiah 40:31 ~ “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 ~ “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
Hebrews 12:12 ~ “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;”
Romans 8:23 ~ “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
Pastor Andy Lambert

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