"Let us lay aside every weight, and ... let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1)
All of us Christians have a common enemy, that old devil, satan. As we stand together, pray together, worship together, we repudiate him and his deceptions. He is our common foe, and he uses a variety of manipulations to hinder us in our spiritual lives.
When by faith we have entered this lifelong spiritual course, the Holy Spirit whispers, "Do you truly want to be among the victors in this discipline?" When we breathe our "Yes!" He whispers of ways that will aid us and carry us to certain victory.
The Spirit tells us to throw off everything that would hinder us in the race. He tells us to be aware of the little sins and errors that could divert us from the will of God as we run. But here is the important thing: He tells us to keep our eyes on Jesus, because He alone is our pacesetter and victorious example.
The secret of victory is to recognize the Conqueror within and the adversary as a conquered foe. satan has power only when he can make us dread him. He flees before the victorious faith and holy confidence.
~A. W. Tozer~