Don’t Throw In The Towel

“therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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…”
– Hebrews 12:1(NIV)

The apostle Paul wrote to a group of people who were thinking of quitting the race. They were Jewish Christians who faced intense persecution.

Using imagery of an athletic arena, Paul said to them: “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

Are you sitting on the bench?
Or are you out of breath because you are weighed down by the weight of opposition, delay and failure? Or you have disqualified yourself from the race?

When we face stress, tragedy, disappointment, failure or prolonged delay, we will lose hope if we don’t stay close to God and cling to His promises.

We must remember that the darkness never lasts.“Weeping may last for the night,” Psalm 30:5 says, “but a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

Charles Spurgeon wrote: “There are no immortal sorrows for immortal saints. They come; but, blessed be God, they also go.”

No matter what obstacle you face, it will not stand in front of you indefinitely.

No matter how heavy and dark the cloud is over your head, the sunshine will soon break through. Though you may not see a light at the end of the tunnel, you must keep pressing forward.
You will outlast your problem.

(Adapted from Don’t Throw In the Towel Article by J.Lee Grady for


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for a new day. I declare I will receive divine favor and unprecedented breakthroughs today. The good countenance of God shines on me and every darkness is rolled away. I press forward, I move higher, I run faster in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.