Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
After talking to my girlfriend last night, I was motivated to overcome lust to keep myself pure for her sake. This is a good reason for actively fleeing temptation, but God is reminding me that ultimately, Jesus is my motivation. Because of the victory of so many people in the old testament who had faith in God, I know that I can also be victorious. I need to conquer every bad habit and temptation so that I will not be weighted down. I need to persevere and endure. Father, thank you for running the race before me and showing me everything that I will face. I know that I will be victorious in you. Please help me to persevere with unwavering faith.