“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”Hebrews 12:1-2.
“Cast aside every weight that so easily cling to you and run the race that is set before you.” The Spirit of the Lord showed me a scene of several people who were bent over carry heavy packs on their shoulders. They were walking and then were attempting to run around a track. Some were pushing wheelbarrows that were loaded with gold and even some had bricks in them. They continued running very slowly with all of the weight that they were carrying. It was nearly impossible for them to continue in this manner with all of the extra baggage.
The Lord would say,
“For I have given you freedom in this life. You are not to carry a heavy yoke. That was my job to carry it for you. Where my spirit is there is freedom. But don’t use your freedom to engage in sinful acts.
The race is not run by the strong. The race is not run by the swift. But it is carried out by those who have placed their trust in me. In this race of life there are many that are running for a prize. Set your mind and heart on me, and I will set you in the heavens with me. For many have gone before you and they have run this race.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?