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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…. Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. (Hebrews 12:1-2, 14-16)
God’s will is for us to run with endurance the race before us, keeping our eyes on the finish line – Jesus Himself. To run well, we’ve got to free ourselves of the “chains and ropes” that get tangled around our feet and the “extra weight” that holds us down, such as: enmity with people, impurity, bitterness, greed and shortsighted living.. When we look down too much, focusing on our flesh, we can trip. When we look up at the course that He has set before us, we will finish the race. Eyes focused on Him. As we focus on Jesus, His sacrifice and love, we will be able to finish the course and win the prize of the upward calling in Messiah.
- New client “M” is 10 weeks into an unplanned pregnancy. The guy left her because he wants her to abort and she doesn’t want to. She has an open file with Social Services but is afraid of going to them for help because they want her to abort. She has no health plan and has considerable debts. I’ll meet her again this week. She isn’t sure yet what to do. Pray that she will make a solid decision for life.
- Pray for 18 year old “M”. She has been in Israel for some time. Her relations with her family are not good. She called me two weeks ago because she got pregnant. Her boyfriend isn’t very supportive either. Aside from our first conversation, she hasn’t been answering when I call. Pray that God will protect her and that she won’t abort. She is under a lot of pressure. Pray that she won’t close herself off, but will accept our help and that we can meet and support her.
- “H” from Ashdod is 25 years old and married with 2 children. She came to me with her husband who is a yeshiva student and doesn’t make much of an income. “H” is a special-needs teacher for children who are too sick to go to school. She is due in February.
- “H” is married with 3 children and is 8 weeks pregnant. She almost aborted yesterday without the knowledge of her husband. She ran out of the procedure room at the last minute and is now asking for our help.