Posted by: peebles | January 20, 2012

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) ~ 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.

When there is a pebble in my shoe, do I make the time to take it out, or walk with the constant pain and discomfort which it will cause? When you walk with a pebble in your shoe, you accommodate it and compromise your walk by allowing it to slow you down. Muhammad Ali once said, “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Pebbles can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and dare I even suggest, they can even masquerade as a gift from God. The pebble can be one of unforgiveness, or bitterness, or envy, or strife, or even wrong attitudes. No one is exempt from such things, and if not dealt with, you will eventually learn to walk with it and settle for a mediocre approach to dealing with the pebble in your shoe.
It always amazes me that when you first accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, your reaction to sin becomes one of horror and disdain.  Do you remember how quickly you ran to the feet of Jesus for forgiveness and deliverance from the snare of sin? But now the stain of sin on your soul and your royal robes does not hasten you to the Saviour’s side to be washed in His cleansing blood as it once did. Does your spiritual thermometer reveal that your passion for the things of God has become so cooled that you accept the stain of sin and learn to walk with a limp because of the pebble in your shoe?
To deal with a pebble in your shoe you have to do a few things. First, admit that there is something there, and then stop and bow down to remove it. God cannot deal with the pebble of sin in your life unless you admit that there is sin. Secondly, take time to talk to God and bow down before Him and ask for Him to remove the sin (pebble) so you can walk in Him and run freely once more.
My friend, notice if you will in our text for today that it says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “…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.” Throw away the pebble in your shoe that stops you from running your race, and run your race with perseverance, which God has marked out for you, without limping and run in such a way as to win the prize and let nothing hinder you.
God bless you my friend, Matthew. 

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