Keep running! Stay focused! Run, run, run!

Hebrews 12:1-3

My morning plan does not include posting here. But when I opened my Bible program for my early morning reading, Hebrews 12:1 displayed instead of a blank screen.

  1. 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,
  2. 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.
  3. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

This isn’t some pep talk for wanna-be runners. This is encouragement for those presently running. “Let us run” is written in Greek’s present active volitive subjunctive (I see in Robertson’s work and, to some extent, in Strong’s also) — “Let us keep on running, folks!”

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No! Such evil beings of pure evil want only your total subjugation.

Do not make peace with any demon

Resist demons, don’t negotiate with them!

Peace with demons means they’ve won.

Peace with demons is only an illusion, if even that. Demons always intend evil. Demons will always harass and oppress. Any peace with demons assumes trust in treacherous beings.

I refuse to make peace with any demons.

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

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