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tbfbruce:

In response concerning your confusion-
About The Daughters Of Lot: In That Mideast Culture, If Someone Came Under Your Roof, You Were Bound To Protect Them, Even If It Meant To Give Up Your Life. Lot Was Trying To Do What He Could To Honor That Cultural Law.

If It Is A Gay Issue, Or A Lust Issue, As You Wrote, either behavior is Still Against God And Therefore Sin that comes under His judgment.

These Rules To Live By Are Non Negotiable For Those Who Follow Christ. They Don't Apply To Those Outside The Faith. You Do Not Need To Follow Them At All, But You Can't Say You Are Christian.

It's Different If You Are Struggling With Something. Are You Trying To Fight Against What's Wrong? Or Are You Trying To Do What's Wrong And Call It Right? If You Are Struggling, Then You Are Fighting And You Can Get Help. God Loves It When We Are Walking Toward His Outstretched Arms. If You Are Trying To Say That A Homosexual Life Style Is Okay By God…...that Is Wrong. We Are Called To Turn From Our Sin.

Think About What God Has Called It:

If A Man Also Lies With Mankind, As He Lies With A Woman, Both Of Them Have Committed An Abomination.(Leviticus 20:13)

You shall not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination to God. (Leviticus 18:22 )


Do You Not Know That The Unrighteous Shall Not Inherit the Kingdom Of God? Do Not Be Deceived; Neither Fornicators, Nor Idolaters, Nor Adulterers, Nor Abusers, Nor Homosexuals, Nor Thieves, Nor Covetous, Nor Drunkards, Nor Revilers, Nor Extortioners, Shall Inherit the Kingdom Of God. And Such Were Some Of You. But You Are Washed, But You Are Sanctified, But You Are Justified In The Name Of The Lord Jesus, And By The Spirit Of Our God. (I Corinthians 6:9-11)


But We Know That The Law is Good If A Man Uses It Lawfully, Knowing This, That The Law is Not Made For A Righteous One, But For The Lawless And Disobedient, For The Ungodly And For Sinners, For Unholy And Profane, For Murderers Of Fathers And Murderers Of Mothers, For Manslayers, For Fornicators, For Homosexuals, For Slave-Traders, For Liars, For Perjurers, And Anything Else That Is Contrary To Sound Doctrine, (I Timothy 1:8-10)

As you can see, God really has a desire for a person to turn away from and not practice any of these things, whether considered lust or the sexually immoral behaviors that present themselves in any way, including the homosexual acts.

But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us. (Romans 5:8)


 If you have any further questions, or would like to contact me directly, please email me at bruce@toddbecker.org.

 


02/19/2018
Anonymous:

So sorry just one more question, if the men wanted to have intercourse with the angels they thought to be men, then isn't that a sin of lust? Not a sin of homosexuality? Because it was the whole town? And the whole town wasn't gay and Lot  knew that because he offered his daughters to the men instead of the angels? Why would Lot offer his daughters as exchange if the men were gay. It seems that this verse is not as much of a gay issue as a heart issue of lust and rebellion. people trying to win dominance. So does that mean the Bible don't specifally say that homosexuality is a sin? Sorry for all the question I'm just trying to understand I guess. 

02/18/2018
Anonymous:



02/18/2018
tbfbruce:

To confused:
You asked three questions:
1. Was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah homosexuality?
2. Or was is gang rape of two angles disguised as men?
3. And gluttony and other sins? 

Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord. (Genesis 13:13 )
This story actually starts in Genesis 18:17-23:

[17] And the Lord said, Am I to keep back from Abraham the knowledge of what I do;  [18] Seeing that Abraham will certainly become a great and strong nation, and his name will be used by all the nations of the earth as a blessing?  [19] For I have made him mine so that he may give orders to his children and those of his line after him, to keep the ways of the Lord, to do what is good and right: so that the Lord may do to Abraham as he has said.  [20] And the Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is very great, and their sin is very evil,  [21] I will go down now, and see if their acts are as bad as they seem from the outcry which has come to me; and if they are not, I will see.  [22] And the men, turning from that place, went on to Sodom: but Abraham was still waiting before the Lord.  [23] And Abraham came near, and said, Will you let destruction come on the upright with the sinners?  

Its important to understand that God is the one doing this. Abraham knows his nephew Lot is there, and that it is a wicked city. He ends up pleading for the lives of a few people.(And wins favor with God). And yes you are right, the two men are angels.

And at nightfall the two angels came to Sodom; and Lot was seated at the way into the town: and when he saw them he got up and came before them, falling down on his face to the earth. (Genesis 19:1 [BBE])

The men of the town wanted to have sex with the two new strangers. Homosexual sex. Its all there in Genesis 19. You can read there The two Angels caused blindness to come on the men(before they could do any harm), told Lot he had to take his family and get out, because the men could do nothing as long as Lot and his family were still in the city. The Angels were never hurt or touched wickedly. They were the ones who were bringing the destruction.

Then the Lord sent fire and flaming smoke raining down from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah. And he sent destruction on those towns, with all the lowland and all the people of those towns and every green thing in the land. (Genesis 19:24-25 [BBE]

I found this on your third question and I believe it is what you are referring to:

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. (Ezekiel 16:49 )
Selfishness is very much in homosexuality.  Its all about self

And in Jude:
just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7 )

If you are looking to see how far you can come to the line before God calls it sin, then you are already in trouble. God is crazy in Love with you right now. You can't earn it, you can't be good enough, you can't stay clean enough. He is Holy. That word means separated. It says in Romans :
But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us. (Romans 5:8)

BUT you can invite Him into your life, and He can empower you to walk the way you should. You can't do it on your own. He wants you to want Him. It's a union, a relationship. It's Holy. 
If you have any further questions, or would like to contact me directly, please email me at bruce@toddbecker.org.

 


02/18/2018
confused:

Was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah homosexuality? Or was is gang rape of two angles disguised as men? And gluttony and other sins? 

02/18/2018
tbfalayna:

To anonymous who asked about cussing,
 
I’m glad you’re reaching out for answers!
 
I’ll start with one main scripture: Luke 6:45, “The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.”
 
This section in Luke shows us that what flows out of our mouths is a reflection of what our heart looks like. If you believe that Jesus came to save you from your sins, and you seek his will for your life, your heart will change to reflect a pure heart.
 
Colossians 3:8 says, “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” When you choose to follow Christ on the narrow road with your whole heart, it’s important to leave behind your old ways.
 
Ask God to help you grow to be more like him, and when you do, he will help you stop cussing. I’ll leave you with one more passage: Galatians 5:22 & 23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
 
If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at
 
alayna@toddbecker.org


02/16/2018
tbfmatt:
To anonymous asking about oral sex. 

I’ve heard this question in a few different contexts and the most common scenario is when people who are in a dating relationship want to know if they are in the clear biblically to participate in sex that isn’t, “all the way” intercourse.

The Bible is very clear that any sex outside of marriage with your wife is sin. It is called adultery.

“27 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. - Matthew 5:27-29”

Even just looking at a woman with sexual fantasy is wrong in the eyes of God. Imagine what engaging in sexual acts like oral sex would look like in the eyes of God? Definitely not a good thing. 

I have found that the problem with this question is that really, deep down we know that when we engage in sex or sexual activity outside of marriage in general we know we are in the wrong. 

If you want to truly honor God and honor what He says in the Bible, you must get rid of anything that causes you to stumble in your sexual purity. Marriage is a beautiful thing because it is the way God designed sex to be experienced, between a married man and a woman for their entire life. 

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." - Ephesians 5:31”

Instead of asking the question of how close to the line can I get without sinning, the question should be how can I honor God in everything I do? How can I look to be more like Jesus? What does God want for my life? What does the Bible say on this?

When you start asking those questions your life starts looking different because you are wanting to obey God and not obey the evil desires of the heart.

If you have more questions please feel free to email me at:

matt@toddbecker.org
 


02/15/2018
tbfalayna:
To anonymous wondering about drinking. I’m glad you reached out and are asking about this big question.

First note is that it’s only legal to drink if you’re 21. In Romans it talks about “obeying the laws of the land”, so it’s wrong for someone (because God calls us to follow the law) to drink under the age of 21.

There’s 3 verses I want to share with you on this: 
1 Corinthians 10:23&24 says, “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”

Ephesians 5:8 says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

Romans 14:17-19 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

Through these verses you can see that getting drunk is a sin, but we are not condemned by what we eat and drink. If someone has surrendered their life to living for what God wants, their heart will grow to desire the righteousness He wants in our lives. Your mom is not a bad person for having a drink once in awhile. God looks at the heart and motivations of our actions, and will judge our lives based on how we live to honor Him.

I hope I’ve helped you navigate this, and if you have any other questions about it (or anything else) please don’t hesitate to email me at

alayna@toddbecker.org


02/15/2018
Anonymous:

Does it make me a bad person if I cus

02/15/2018
tbfbecca:
To anonymous wondering if everything will be ok...

I'm so glad that you took the time to ask this question.

The first verse that comes to my mind are Jesus' words from John 16:33 in the Bible:
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

There may be times when we feel like everything is falling apart. We live in a very fallen world. Because Adam and Eve sinned in the very beginning (see Genesis in the Bible) the world went from being a perfect place to a place full of sorrow, suffering and sin.

But the good news is that we can live a victorious life through Jesus! We don't have to go through life down and depressed about all that is going wrong.  I don't know if you have a relationship with Jesus yet or not, but that makes all the difference. It doesn't mean that your life will be perfect once you choose to follow Jesus...in fact it doesn't mean that at all. But it does mean that you will have the strength, joy and peace that Jesus gives to live through the troubles that the world brings. But giving your life to Jesus is so much more than helping you handle the troubles of your life. It's about where you will spend eternity when you die. I want to share with you what one of our team members wrote about choosing to follow Jesus and leave your sin behind:

Have you ever thought what is going to happen after you die? The Bible is clear that when we die, we will either go to Heaven or Hell. That is the biggest question you will ever answer in your life. This question is going to affect where you will spend eternity forever. Hebrews 9:27 says “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.” Like I said earlier, there is a 100% chance that we are all going to die. After death we are going to face judgement. Where will you stand before God? Would you go to Heaven or Hell? In Romans 3:23 it says, ”For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” None of us are perfect. We are all blemished. But, there is a person that is perfect - his name is Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life and died a terrible death on the cross for our sins. He didn’t deserve anything that he got, but he did it all for us. As John 3:16 says, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” He died for you and me so we could have eternal life in Heaven and not have to burn in Hell for eternity. He gives us this opportunity of having this free gift that God gives us through Jesus. But we have to take it, we have to have a relationship with God. If you want to have a relationship with God and make a commitment to live your life for God, you will have to do exactly what Romans 10:9 says, ”If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” You need to pray and ask Jesus into your life and believe that Jesus died for your sins to make you right with God. It is sad that things die and don’t last forever here on earth. But the truth we can stand on is that God never changes! Things will pass away on earth, but we can rely on our eternity in Heaven if we put our trust in God. I hope that this helped you with this hard time you are going through.

When you choose to follow Jesus with your whole life, you can come to Jesus and pray and ask Him to forgive you when you know you have left Him or others down. He will be quick to forgive you and wash you clean.  You don't have to live through this life with regret, you can be washed clean if you ask Jesus to forgive you and you choose to live for Him!

I really encourage you to do these things:
1. Order an "I Know" book from this website if you haven't already. We send a Bible with it.
2. Start reading from the book of John in the Bible every day.
3. Start reading the "I Know" book...it will explain how to follow Jesus!
4. Find a youth group, or church that teaches from the Bible.

Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions or if you need to talk about anything! I am here for you! 

becca@toddbecker.org


02/15/2018
Anonymous:

Is oral sex still a sin ?

02/15/2018
Anonymous:

We had and assembly today & Mr. Becker was talking about drinking being bad. Does that mean my moms a bad person even if she  had one drink like twice a year

02/15/2018
Anonymous:

How will I know everything will be okay, when all around me things are falling apart and I feel as if I'm letting everyone down, including God?

02/14/2018
tbfcarter:
To Anonymous who’s dog had to be put down. First of all thank you for reaching out to us in this time of sorrow. Sorry to hear that your dog had to be put down. I am sure it is not an easy time for you. Death is always a struggle to cope with no matter what the age or circumstances. But the truth of it is, tragedy and death are going to happen. 100% of all living things are going to die, including you and me. Have you ever thought what is going to happen after you die? I am a Christian so I believe that we will either go to Heaven or Hell. That is the biggest question you will ever answer in your life. This question is going to effect where you will spend eternity forever. Hebrews 9:27 says “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.” Like I said earlier, there is a 100% chance that we are all going to die. After death we are going to face judgement. Where will you stand before God? Would you go to Heaven or Hell? In Romans 3:23 it says, ”For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” None of us are perfect. We are all blemished. But, there is a person that is perfect - his name is Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life and died a terrible death on the cross for our sins. He didn’t deserve anything that he got, but he did it all for us. As John 3:16 says, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” He died for you and me so we could have eternal life in Heaven and not have to burn in Hell for eternity. He gives us this opportunity of having this free gift that God gives us through Jesus. But we have to take it, we have to have a relationship with God. If you want to have a relationship with God and make a commitment to live your life for God, you will have to do exactly what Romans 10:9 says, ”If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” You need to pray and ask Jesus into your life and believe that Jesus died for your sins to make you right with God. It is sad that things die and don’t last forever here on earth. But the truth we can stand on is that God never changes! Things will pass away on earth, but we can rely on our eternity in Heaven if we put our trust in God. I hope that this helped you with this hard time you are going through. I would love to talk with you more if you email me at carter@toddbecker.org

02/09/2018
tbfbecca:
To Anonymous asking about dating:

Thank you for taking the time to write your question! I'm glad I get the opportunity to answer you, because I can relate to your situation!  In fact, I was not allowed to date at all in high school.  I can tell you as a 31 year old, who has been married for 10 years now, that I am so grateful that my parents had that rule for me. Because you see, it wasn't a rule to make my life miserable. It was a guidleline to protect me.  Dating is meant to get to know a person that you might potentially marry someday. Since you aren't marrying age, your parents may think it's wise for you to wait until you're a little older.

I always tell girls this: I never dated in high school and I still got married at age 20! :) You won't be an old maid (never get married) because you didn't date in high school. Not dating right now will protect you from a ton of heart break...I promise!

So back to your question: is dating wrong? No, but it can be wrong in certain situations! It's wrong to date right now if your parents are saying to wait and  it's wrong to date someone that is going down a bad path.

As a minor who lives in your parents' house, you are called to obey them. Epehesians 6:1 says: "Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do." I know you are not technically a "child", but as a minor living in your parents' house, this applies to you. 

I know that high school can seem sooooo long, but really it's over in just a blink of an eye. Spend this time enjoying friendships with both genders, and spend this time really determining what kind of guy you would like to be with...make his character and integrity at the top of the list. That is what lasts...looks don't always last.  

I hope that helps! Just know...from one girl to the next....I waited to date, and I'm SO glad I did! It saved me from so much heartbreak and I'm married to the man of my dreams! God brought Keith Becker into my life when I was 19, and I am so glad I waited for him. 

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me at: becca@toddbecker.org 


02/08/2018
Anonymous:

How do i get over my dog getting put down when he was my best friend.

02/08/2018
Anonymous:

I want a boyfriend, but my parents say that I am too young. Is dating a sin, or is it wrong?
                                             - Confused


02/07/2018
tbfjessica:
To Worried Friend,

Thank you for asking your question!  You've touched on a hard struggle that all Christians face: how can we be friends with unbelievers and share Christ with them without being influenced ourselves?  There's a tough balance there, and we can only look to God's Word for the answer.

First, we need to establish where you are with Christ.  You said you've been trying to spend more time with God, and that's great!  I encourage you to make time for Him everyday by reading your Bible and praying.  The more time you spend with God, talk to Him, read His word, and apply what it says, the closer you will draw to Him.  James 4 verse 8 says, "Come close to God, and God will come close to you."  When you draw nearer to God, you will find it easier to choose Him over the world, meaning it will be easier for you to resist temptation and stand strong on what the Bible says.  

Second, where are your friends concerning Christ?  On this subject, the Bible is very clear.  There are many verses explaining that people can believe there is a God, but that doesn't mean they're following Him.  Revelation 3:15 compares Christians to hot and cold.  It says, "I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!"  God wishes for us to be all the way, one hundred percent, absolutely living for Him and only Him, and as you said, your friends are not.  Matthew 7:21 tells us that many people call Jesus their "Lord," but they won't enter Heaven.  Only those who actually follow what He says will enter.

Third, we need to figure out what to do with this information.  Obviously, you want your friends to go to Heaven, as we all do, so how can you influence them for Christ without being pulled away from Him?  Second Corinthians 6 verse 14 warns us not to team up with those who are unbelievers, for how can righteousness partner with wickedness, or light live with darkness?  It can't.  Because of that, I'd encourage you to spend less time with these friends.  Recognize the places they can easily pull you into sin, and don't go there with them.  Don't talk about certains subjects with them if it's going to cause you to curse or gossip.  Don't go to parties with them if you're going to be tempted to get drunk.  Whatever the temptation may be, gaurd yourself against it.  However, don't cut off all ties with them.  Colossians 4:5 encourages us to live wisely among unbelievers, and to make the most of every opportunity.  We need to share Christ with our friends!  That is how they will learn the truth of their sin and the reality of God's love for them.  

Finally, I do encourage you to find others to spend time with, people that are following Christ with their lives.  That way, you will be encouraged in your own walk with Christ, and they can pray for you as you try to share your faith with your friends.  

I hope this helps you in your struggle.  If you have more questions or want to talk about this further, please email me anytime!

jessica@toddbecker.org


02/03/2018
Anonymous:

I have been trying to get back to have more time with God. But I feel that some of my friends who are good kids say they believe but they don’t act like it so I don’t know what to do? Do I stay friends with them? Do I try and find a different group to hang out with? I feel like they are pulling me back into not being as close with God. 
-Worried Friend 


02/03/2018
tbfbecca:
To anonymous who is struggling with a mom that is leaving her husband. Also to anonymous who feels constantly judged at school.

I am so glad that you took the time to post on our wall! My heart breaks for the upheaval, turmoil and pain that you are going through right now.  

The Bible talks about times when parents are not always reliable: Psalm 27:10 says: "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will take care of me." Even though are parents are supposed to be some of the most reliable people in our lives, they are human, and sometimes they will make mistakes or do things that are hurtful to us. It's very hard on a family to have it split up time and time again. I'm so sorry that you are going through that. Jesus is the MOST dependable One, and like Hebrews 13:5 says: "For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you." I don't know if you have a relationship with Jesus, but I encourage you that He is the reliable One and dependable One that you can always trust and always depend on. I challenge you to get Keith's "I Know" book...you can order it for free off this website, and read the first 5 chapters as soon as you can. In it, is shows how you can begin a relationship with Jesus.

Secondly, you talked about how you always feel judged at school. I don't know the whole situation...I don't know if you feel judged by teachers, or if you feel judged by other students. First, make sure you are always doing your best to treat others how you would want to be treated. If you are kind to all those around you, then when you feel judged, you can hold your head high, knowing that you are being judged falsely.
Secondly, if you are a child of God (If you have given your life to follow Jesus) there are a ton of promises in the Bible that apply to YOU! Get to know what God has to say about you, and choose to tune out what others think. Choose to care what God says first, instead of what other people say or think. Here are some promises in the Bible that apply to you if you have chosen to follow Jesus with your life:
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1

Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me."

Romans 8:1: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

So, I encourage you...start with your relationship with Jesus. If you have already begun there...GREAT!! Get to know Him more...He is the best friend anyone could ever have. I remember a time when I was about 14, that I felt friendless...I felt that I didn' thave any friend that really cared specifically about me. I remember going home that night and crying in my bedroom, and God put this verse on my heart: Proverbs 18:24 says: "One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." That friend that sticks closer than a brother is Jesus, and He has been my best friend ever since I chose to follow Him. He has gone with me through the ups and downs of my life. If you don't have a relationship with Jesus yet, I encourage you to read the first 5 chapters of Keith's book to find out how you can begin one. Also, I would love to talk with you more if you would liek! Feel free to email me anytime at becca@toddbecker.org 


02/01/2018
Anonymous:

My mom has been married twice and is now leaving him again and I am constantly judged at school, what do I do ?

02/01/2018
tbfbecca:
Hello Anonymous! :)
Great question!  The Todd Becker Foundation is a non-denominational organization.  We believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and we try to live by what the Bible says.  When we come to a community, we work with many different churches that will come alongside us and support the truth of God's Word. In fact, we have people on our staff from all different Bible-preaching denominations.  I hope that answers your question!  If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at becca@toddbecker.org


01/25/2018
Anonymous:

What religious denomination is the Todd Becker foundation? I am a Missouri synod Lutheran and would like to know

01/24/2018
Anonymous:

What religious denomination is the Todd Becker foundation? I am a Missouri synod Lutheran and would like to know

01/24/2018
tbfemilyd :
Dear Anonymous who has been a victim of sexual assault,

I am so sorry to hear of the burden that has been put on you. My heart truly goes out to you. It’s not I, but Jesus who has an answer for you as simple as this:

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

When Jesus says He is humble at heart, He is telling you that you need the very same thing. He is saying that you must humble yourself, or place yourself below Him as Lord, the ruler of your life. You have to be willing to say that I can’t bare this load on my own, I need You, Jesus, to carry it for me. 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

The life of faith is described as a long-distance race. To get to the finish line we must run with ENDURANCE. So, when life here on earth gets difficult and it is throwing hard and not fair things at us, all we can do is keep running, never looking back. A long-distance runner runs with very little weight on their body. These things that life throws at us are like extra weight that is trying to slow us down! 

But, we can have victory and run with endurance simply by keeping our FOCUS ON JESUS. When we put our life into perspective with what he endured on the cross, we can make it through by relying on strength that He give us when we do what we talked about in the passage in Matthew. 

Jesus was ashamed, despised, and rejected. He endured it for you. He can handle the weight that you have right now because He already took care of it on the cross. 

If you’d like to talk more or if I can answer any more questions, I would truly love to hear more from you! Please email me at

emilyd@toddbecker.org


01/16/2018