Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12: 2
The devil knows the glorious tomorrow that awaits every believer in Christ who crosses the finish line of the Christian race. This is why he fights ferociously to derail us from reaching the goal. He was a part of the heavenly bliss that will be our reward, but he lost his place due to evil thoughts (Isaiah 14:12-15); and does not want us to taste what he lost.
Therefore, he employs all manners of weapons to ensnare believers in Christ (Ephesians 6:11). Those who are unable to bear pull out of heaven’s marathon before getting to the finish line. Such people are described in Mark 4:17 thus: “And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while, then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.” Hear what St John Eudes says, “The Christian life is a continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christs on earth; continuing his works, labouring and suffering in a wholly divine manner in the spirit of Jesus” The way of the Cross that leads to heaven is not a path laden with gold and easy to walk