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ESV — Daily Light on the Daily Path: Day 30
30
Morning
Heb. 12:1, 2; Luke 9:23; Luke 14:33; Rom. 13:12; 1 Cor. 9:25, 27; Phil. 3:13, 14; Hos. 6:3

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”—“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”—So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.—Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.—“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord.”

Evening
Lam. 3:27; Prov. 22:6; Heb. 12:9, 10; Ps. 119:67, 71; Jer. 29:11; 1 Pet. 5:6

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

We have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word…. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”—Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.

Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and wsin which clings so closely, and xlet us run ywith endurance the race that is zset before us,


looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, awho for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising bthe shame, and cis seated at the right hand of the throne of God.


Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him tdeny himself and utake up his cross vdaily and follow me.


33 uSo therefore, any one of you who vdoes not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.


12 dThe night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us ecast off fthe works of darkness and gput on the armor of light.


25 Every uathlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we van imperishable.


27 But I discipline my body and ykeep it under control,1 lest after preaching to others zI myself should be adisqualified.

Footnotes

[1] 9:27 Greek I pummel my body and make it a slave


13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: nforgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,


14 I press on toward the goal for othe prize of the upward pcall of God in Christ Jesus.


cLet us know; clet us press on to know the Lord;

dhis going out is sure as the dawn;

he will come to us eas the showers,

fas the spring rains that water the earth.”


27  rIt is good for a man that he bear

the yoke sin his youth.


wTrain up a child in the way he should go;

even when he is old he will not depart from it.


Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to kthe Father of spirits land live?


10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, mthat we may share his holiness.


67  bBefore I was afflicted I went astray,

but now I keep your word.


71  It is jgood for me that I was afflicted,

that I might learn your statutes.


11 wFor I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare1 and not for evil, xto give you a future and a hope.

Footnotes

[1] 29:11 Or peace


xHumble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,