Hebrews 12:2 - In Good Company Running with Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV) 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 has sat down at the right
hand of the throne of God.
I could just sense my middle school son
Pierce rolling his eyes, embarrassed, and then his
laughter. I was in my usual state during worship: eyes
dosed, swaying, head thrown back, arms raised, lost
in musical ecstasy. And singing. Loudly. Some
readers of Mornings with Jesus have read about my
stage fright, and how I struggled to even sing in
the pews. I couldn't just relax and worship
unreservedly. Then, after mustering the courage to sing
with the choir at our former church, we
eventually joined a church that didn't have a choir.
Instead, they have an anointed worship team that
composes and sings great contemporary music. The
music routinely brings me and others to tears.
Until now, I'd only attended churches
where gentle swaying was the standard of worship.
But at my new church, the worship is passionate
and there's a cluster of believers planted at
the front who are very animated in their praise,
raising their hands and singing with glee. My stage
fright held me back until I finally got a clear
word from God: Jesus bore my shame. In fact, He
I think of the uninhibited way little
kids dance and sing and of King David's unbridled
worship, full of joy. Now I, too, despise the shame
that's held me back from so many things, including
worshipping my King: Jesus. Jesus is worthy of my
praise. Isabella Yosuico
Faith Step: Has shame been holding you
back from being the person God created you to be?
Ask Jesus to remove it. [Mornings With Jesus
2021 Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan]
It was a typical Sunday morning at our
church - except for one thing: two spaces down sat
a man I hadn't seen in a long time. It's not
that he hadn't wanted to worship with our church
family, but he'd been incarcerated for seven years.
This was his first Sunday of freedom.
I saw everything that morning through his
eyes. The smiles and hugs and tears that greeted
him, grateful of his return. The new prayers for
him as he moved from serving Jesus behind bars
to serving "at large." The way every lyric of
the worship songs and every Scripture passage
seemed divinely orchestrated to remind us of
freedom in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit
to help us live day to day.
The joy on his face reflected what must
have felt like finally drawing a deep breath
after so long in the "grave" of his circumstances,
and I couldn't help but consider the
inexpressible joy of the moment when Jesus drew His first
breath after His resurrection.
Suffocated by the weight of our sins,
Jesus conquered death to breathe and worship anew.
What was the reason for the joy on His face? Us.
He'd successfully purchased our freedom and
future. Within a short time, He'd return to the
right hand of His Father. But before then, He had
another assignment - showing Himself to His
followers, even those who let doubts creep in.
He knew we earth dwellers would find our
joy in His very presence. The plan worked. He
gave up His life for ours and then breathed
again. Imagine how loudly He sang on His first
Sabbath of freedom! by Cynthia Ruchti
Faith Step: What's your favorite
"freedom" worship song? Sing it from your heart, as if
you've been liberated just moments ago. That's the
kind of joy worth maintaining every day.
[Mornings With Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and
When I was in high school, I went out for
track and field. I was a fairly decent
short-distance runner, but I was horrible at long-distance
runs. What's more, I hated to practice. But if I
happened to see a pretty girl in the grandstands, I
found new motivation for running my best.
As we run this race of life, we have a
better motivation than I had in high school. We run
for an audience of one: Jesus Christ. He is
watching us. He is praying for us. In fact, the Bible
tells us that He lives forever to intercede for us
(see Hebrews 7:25, NLT).
This is what gave young Stephen courage
when he stood before his accusers who were ready
to put him to death. Full of the Holy Spirit,
he was given a glimpse of Jesus in heaven and
said, "Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son
of Man standing in the place of honor at God's
right hand!" (Acts 7:56, NLT). Seeing Jesus gave
Stephen the ability to run the race and finish it.
Seeing Jesus also gave Simon Peter the ability to
walk on water. As he kept the Lord in sight, He
did the impossible.
It's so important for us to keep our eyes
on Jesus. Why? Because circumstances will
disappoint and, at times, devastate us. People will let
us down and will fall short of our
expectations. Feelings will come and go. But Jesus always
will be there to cheer us on.
He has run before you, He is the ultimate
winner, and He will show you how to run. But you
have to keep looking to Him. [Every Day with
Jesus by Greg Laurie]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
Hebrews 12:2 - In Good Company Running With
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Steps to Peace by Billy Graham:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
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Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies:
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Voice of Prophecy Discover Bible Study
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies:
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio: https://www.awr.org/bible
Panorama of Prophecy with Pastor Doug
Hope Awakens by John Bradshaw of IIW:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Islam and Christianity in Prophecy, The
Third and Final Conflict by Tim Roosenberg: