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The Sin Which Doth So Easily Beset Us (Hebrews 12:1)

Introductory Thoughts

Sin affects people in various ways. According to Hebrews 12:1, sin hinders the efforts to run the race God has set before each person. The passage specifically suggests that sin besets men. What exactly does that mean? The scripture uses the word beset six times. It is used with the words “round about” (Judges 19:22; Judges 20:5), “round” (Psalm 22:12), and “about” (Hosea 7:2). Each usage gives the impression of being surrounded or imprisoned for the purpose of doing harm to another. This rightly portrays the impact of sin upon the individual. Sin surrounds men and attacks them in every facet of life, leaving them no place to run or to hide. It hinders their walk with God and hurts their ability to reach others for the cause of Christ.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Paul knew all too well how sin surrounds us (Romans 7:18-23). He said it is present with us (Romans 7:21). Yet, with God's help, we can overcome any sin (Romans 7:24-25; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 5:24).
  • (For everyone): Is there a particular sin which doth so easily beset you? Does it stop you in your tracks and keep you from being able to effectively run your race for the Lord?
  • How does sin box you in or surround you so that you cannot effectively serve the Lord? Would you rather enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season or abundantly please the Lord?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to show you if you are not effectively running the Christian race.
  • Ask the Lord to show you the dangers of besetting sins.