8/02/16 Count Your Blessings
“Look around! Look and see with My eyes. Count the ways that I have blessed you instead of counting your needs. Begin seeing clearly by looking back at the cross and how it has changed your life. You were helpless and now you are heading toward wholeness. Now we can talk. Now you can understand truth. Count your blessings from My eternal perspective. Remember where you were and look forward to where I am taking you. Rejoice with Me for I am with you as you run the race.”
Heb. 12:1-3 NIV
1) 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) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him 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 sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Heb 12:1-3 AMP
1) THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.
2) Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3) Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
I remember worrying about something several years ago. I can’t remember what I was worrying about because the Lord has taken care of it. I am deeply concerned about many things at this very moment. I’m sure that they will eventually fall in the category of “taken care of by God.”
When will I learn to trust that my Father is in charge of this race in which I’m running? He will give me whatever it takes to finish, if only I would keep my eyes on my Lord Jesus.
Teach me to trust and look only to You, Lord,