4. We are to Lay Aside every weight and sin that easily limits us from running this Race Heb.12:1. This would include, weights of fears and anxieties that slows us down from running the race of faith in its fullest dimension. The sins of unbelieve Rom.14:23 and walking in the flesh rather than in the Spirit. This, Paul referred to in 1Cor.9:17 when he said, I keep my body under and bring it into subjection, Paul was saying that He kept his body under by walking in the Spirit Rom.8:13, 13:14 & Gal.5:16, because when you walk in the Spirit; following after the Spirit of Grace, you cannot fulfil the lust of the flesh. Thus Paul said sin shall not have dominion over you because you are not under the law but under Grace. As we yield to the Holy Spirit He empowers us over sin because we are under the Grace of God Rom.6:14 which teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, thus teaching us to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world Tit 2:12. This Grace accomplishes all these in us, not by our own strength but by stirring us to yield to the Spirit of Grace.
Weights and sins slows down our pace in the race, but rather than focusing on the sin, we are to focus on Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our Faith Heb.12:2, who works in us both to will and do of His good pleasure Phil.2:13. As we expose ourselves to him without holding back, irrespective of our shortcomings, sins and weights would loose their grip over our lives, because it is the perfection of Jesus that swallows up every imperfection and shortcoming in and around our lives, making us bearers of good fruits unto righteousness John15:3-5 & Phil.1:11
5. We are to Run the Race with Patience- Heb.12:1 “… seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”
It is through Faith and Patience you obtain the promise. If you run a 100metre race for instance and at 50metres you get tired of running, and quit; you have not obtained anything by so doing, rather you just gave up, as you didn’t reach the finish line. But when you focus on the finisher of your faith, (who is Jesus Christ our ultimate prize Heb12:2), with patience and you run the race of Faith, you are sure to get to the finish line and you are sure to obtain the promise. For His strength would perfect you and bring you through. Thus we are advised to be followers of them who through faith and patience obtained the promise Heb.6:12, because their secret was in looking to Jesus, the one who could never fail Rom.4:16-21