For the Joy Set Before

by Jennifer A. Miskov, PhD.

Since last November I have been marked by Hebrews 12:1-2 and have felt it is an important Word for 2019. I have been compelled to release this word recently on my journey around the world and the nation. In some ways, I feel I have been living this message of throwing off everything that hinders to run after Jesus and the assignments He has given me in this season. While in Fredericksburg, VA I discovered this beautiful painting by Rose Rector and was marked by the phrase "You move Me" written on such an image. The artist gave me permission to share this with you.

Today on Good Friday, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. He said YES to His God-given assignments because you and I were the JOY set before Him. We were what moved Jesus to endure such suffering. What great worth He places on our lives. It was connection with us that moved Him each step of the way as He carried His cross, was mocked, beaten, ridiculed, and had nails driven into His hands and feet. I'm undone by such great love. It has forever marked and changed my life.

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. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

This is our time to throw off everything that hinders, even the good things, and run the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Today is a great day to renew our vows and give a fresh YES to Jesus. He is awakening hearts and inviting us to come closer. Even if we don't get one more breakthrough in our lives or have one more prayer answered, when we have Jesus we have everything. He has already given us way more than we deserve. His blood paid for it all. May you receive His unyielding love afresh today and may you embrace the gift of Jesus in the deepest places.

I want to encourage you this Easter weekend to listen to either the podcast or watch the video of my teaching this past Sunday when I was in Texas and I speak on this passage. As I was sharing some of the testimonies of people giving their renewed YES to Jesus and reconsecrating their lives to be ALL in, it was beautiful to have several people INTERRUPT me in the middle of my message because they just had to declare that they were choosing to give Jesus 100% and be all in.