The persevering obedience of faith in Christ was the race set before the Hebrews, wherein they must either win the crown of glory or have everlasting misery for their portion, and it is set before us.
By the sin that does so easily beset us, understand that sin to which we are most prone, or to which we are most exposed, from habit, age, or circumstances.
This is a most important exhortation; while, a man’s Luxury sin, be it what it is, remains unsubdued will hinder him from running the Christian race, as it takes from him every motive for running and gives power to every discouragement.
When weary and faint in their mind, let them recollect that Yeshua suffered, to save them from eternal misery. By steadfastly looking to Yeshua, their thoughts would strengthen holy affections and suppress their carnal desires. Let us then frequently consider Yeshua. What are our little trials to his agonies, or even to our deserts? What are they to the sufferings of many others?
There is a proneness in believers to grow weary and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption.
Believers should not faint under their trials. Though their enemies and persecutors may be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet they are Divine chastisements; their heavenly Father has his hand in all, and his wise end to answer by all.
They must not make light of afflictions and be without feeling under them, for they are the hand and rod of God and are his rebukes for sin.
They must not despond and sink under trials, nor fret and repine, but bear up with faith and patience. God may let others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his own children.
In this, he acts as a father. Our earthly parents sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than reform our manners.
But the Father of our souls never willingly grieves nor afflicts his children. It is always for our profit. Our whole life here is a state of childhood and imperfect as to spiritual things; therefore, we must submit to such a state’s discipline.
When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God’s chastisement of us now. God’s correction is not condemnation; the chastening may be borne with patience and greatly promote holiness.
Let us then learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men, as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good.
Remember, these articles are from a humble servant doing God’s work as a Watchman. Blessings to all. May your walks be steady blessed and lead to Yeshua waiting at the door when the time is right.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will sup with him and he with me.”