Since I am surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses to my life of faith, I strip off, lay aside and cast off every weight and sin which trips me up. I run with endurance the race God set before me, looking to and keeping my focus upon Jesus, the author, and perfector of my faith. He endured the cross, so I don’t have to, therefore, I will struggle with all His strength within me to live in such a way that honors and pleases Him.
This is what I believe and boldly and confidently declare! (note: these “I declare” statements work best when confessed out loud)
Hebrews 12:1-4 (ESV) 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, 2 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. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.