The Greek word ‘sin’ means ‘to miss.’ A sinner is one who misses the mark, the ideal goal. Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have… already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. #2 “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” If one is going to run a race, they had better not be shackled to any hindrances. The Lack of faith is "The Sin That Easily Entangles Us" The apostle Paul referred to lack of faith as “the sin that easily entangles us.” (Hebrews 12:1) Paul included himself and so likely admitted to his own tendency to get ‘easily entangled’ in episodes of momentary weakness of faith. In the first three verses of that chapter, the writer offers one observation about entangling sin and two encouragements to get out of sin. Sin seeks to … It’s discouraging, challenging, and feels downright shameful sometimes. [See end notes for all Scriptures] Sin’s First Occurrence. The sin that so easily entangles today, is the lack of faith in what Jesus has done. The writer of Hebrews refers to our seeking to lay aside “every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us” (see Hebrews 12:1). Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. The author of Hebrews talks about a sin that “so easily and cleverly entangles us.” Hebrews 12:1 You are not alone. It entangles and halts progress. Throw-Off The Sin That So Easily Entangles. The writer to the Hebrews answers that last question for us in chapter 12. Listen. No one is exempt. Message summary: Whatever measure it takes, let us deal forcefully with the sins which so easily entangles us and run with endurance the race that is set before us. You likely know, just as I do, what it’s like to battle the same particular sin over and over and over again. There are skeletons in every closet. First, the observation. Sin acts as weight or drag. Is it anger, or maybe jealousy, or fear? 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. What is the sin that so easily entangles us (a)? Two episodes of momentary loss of faith are: But even worse there are patterns in every life, sin patterns that threaten to undo us. Romans […] Who among us doesn’t occasionally miss the goal as a child of God and need restoring doses of God’s saving grace (b)? Hebrews 12:1. since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Notice that he says in verse 1, “ the sin which so easily entangles … The way to throw it off is to face it honestly, confess it, … 12 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. Sin is our most persistent, determined, and pernicious enemy. For some their sin is sinister, evil, dangerous. Everyone has one. In Hebrews 12:1, Paul writes that we are to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” So I wonder… what easily entangles you? Sin Easily Entangles. Sin is our most persistent, determined, and pernicious enemy. to our message on your audio player. Hebrews 12:1.