In our day and time and with everything that is going on in our world, it can be very easy to get focused on things that can discourage us or create great fear. Fear and discouragement are two very powerful foes to overcome. They can paralyze, create panic, and cause us to be focused on the wrong things in life. Hebrews 12 tells us that we are running the race of life and that we need to be focused.

This passage tells us to keep our focus on Jesus Christ and not to let the things of this life to take our focus off of Him because He has already run this race and will give us the power to run the race. The tragedies and troubles of this world are so intense in 2020, it is easy to become discouraged and develop serious doubt about the days ahead and be trapped by fear. But we are reminded in 2 Timothy 1:7 that “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Through God’s strength and the spirit that He has given to us, we have the power to overcome fear and live by faith in Him. My encouragement to each of us today is that we keep our focus on Jesus Christ and rely on His strength to help us overcome the difficulties of this world.

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