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What's Holding You Back?
8/16/2011

What's Holding You Back?
The Anchor of Sin

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, Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)

I was talking with my friend Mike the other day and he was sharing with me a funny story about his son Jason.  It seems Jason and his father-in-law Tony were out fishing in the middle of the lake in an aluminum boat.  They had decided to come back to shore, but when they started the engine and began to attempt to make their way the little engine began to bog down and sputter about - the boat really seemed to be struggling making any headway. 

Just about this time, Jason's brother-in-law, Steve - who had been watching them from his float tube - yelled out, "There is something wrong with the back of the boat."  When Jason and Tony looked back they suddenly realized they had forgotten about having their 60-pound anchor set to the bottom of the lake to keep them from drifting.  

As I heard this story I chuckled, but I then thought how we all could relate to it as a type of analogy concerning our Christian walk.  Let me explain.  The anchor in this analogy represents sin in our life.  It doesn't have to be big sin - just sin in general.  The greater place a sin has been given in our life will determine the weight of the anchor weighing us down.  The result is we might find ourselves attempting to walk with God and yet also find ourselves struggling - just like the little engine on the back of the boat.  We might not identify what the problem initially but we will notice we are not making any headway towards our destination.  

God wants us to deal with our sin as soon as we possibly can, but the enemy wants us to forget about it and simply go on with our life - attempting to mask and cover it.  But as long as the sin doesn't get dealt with we will continuously struggle in our Christian walk because it is weighing us down.  We must realize sin breaks our fellowship with God when we choose to walk in the darkness, and God's Word has told us to walk in the light of His truth.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:6-9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about any potential anchor in your life - those actions and thoughts not in God's will.  Make a decision to pull up the anchor of sin by confessing and laying them at the foot of the cross.  Now set sail for solid ground.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 1:6-9 what can we learn about our choice to walk in darkness?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there something weighing you down in your walk with God?

APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to show you any area where you have given the enemy a foothold in your life with regard to sin.  Choose to repent of it and get rid of the anchor.

Father, thank You for Your forgiveness.  Thank You for helping me to walk in newness of life.  Help me to see any area where I need to repent and get rid of the anchors of sin.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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