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Hebrews 12:1–3 NIV
1 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, 2 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. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

The How of becoming a finisher

Finisher understand what slows them down
Finishers understand what entangles them
A few traits of finishers

1. Finishers maintain the proper attitude

A finisher does not blame others for their altitude
A finisher does not blame things for their advancement
It is not your past that keeps you from you future
Your attitude keeps you from your future
Your c3urrent state keeps you from seeing your tomorrow

2. Finishers know what to throw off

Throw off everything that hinders you
Excess - stop looking back
Overweight - you are carrying too much
Wrong crowds - you’re spending too much time with chickens

3. Finishers recognize distractions

Throw the sin that easily entangles
What sin comes easy to you?
Don’t say you will quit what you rarely or never do
Some people or things around you are just a distraction
What sin comes easy to you?
You know its a distraction because you have to place your destiny on hold
Throw that one away
You know its a distraction because you it takes your eyes off of your goal
You know its a distraction because it slows you down
You know its a distraction because its not taking you anywhere
Run to finish
Don’t just start something — finish

4. Finishers have a plan

Someone said, “If you don’t plan to succeed, you are planning to fail.”
What’s you goal?
Do you have a plan to reach it?
You want to get married? Are you ready?
You want to lose weight? What are you eating? Do you exercise?
You need a plan to deal with distractions
Let it go

5. Finishers stay focused on the goal

To finish you must Stay in the race
Run through the pain
Pain can distract you
Pain can cause you to stop
Work through the pain
Get to church through the pain
Believe through the doubt
Give through the drought
The prize awaits you
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