By: Janice (Zion Ministries) Sep 9, 2004 Hebrews 12:1 NIV "Let Us Throw Off Everything That Hinders And The Sin That So Easily Entangles, And...Run." Running to win! The Word For You Today Roman athletes stripped down to a simple loin cloth to make sure nothing prevented them from running their fastest. How about you? Do you just want the fun of being in the race, or are you running to win? To succeed at becoming what God intended you to be, you'll have to stop doing certain things, even enjoyable things,and begin doing other things that support your goals and help you fulfill your God-ordained purpose. That will probably mean saying no to well-intentioned people who try to involve you in things that ultimately steal your time but produce no fruit. It'll also mean dealing with "the sin that so easily entangles." When God says something is wrong, it's wrong! You don't need to discuss, theorize, blame, make excuses or feel sorry for yourself - you just need to agree, ask for His forgiveness and get that thing out of your life. Listen: "All athletes Protec strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize" (1Co 9:25 NLT). Who gets the prize? Those who practice self-control. Paul knew he couldn't win the race without first bringing his body, mind and emotions under the control of God's spirit. The same goes for you. You can't expect somebody else to make you do what's right; you must listen to God's Spirit for yourself and take action.