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Getting Rid of The Anchor
8/10/2017

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)

A few years ago my friend Jason was on a camping trip with his in-laws.  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, causing the boat to struggle to make 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 still had their 60-pound anchor set to the bottom of the lake to keep them from drifting. 

I remember as I heard this story I thought about how the weight of our sin could be just like an anchor within our lives, and the result can be very similar—it can cause us to sputter along in our Christian walk, and keep us from really making any serious headway.  One thing is for sure; sin seems to always bring about a host of unhealthy thoughts and feelings with it.  And the longer we remain living in sin, the more we can feel the heavy weight of anxiety. 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.

God wants us to turn from our sin immediately, but the enemy wants us to continue in it and make it a part of our every day life—even if it requires our 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. 

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)

Thankfully, what Jesus has done upon the cross is more than sufficient for every sin in our life. Let us come humbly before our Lord and choose to allow Him to light our path. 

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?

PRACTICAL 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.

PRAYER: 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

 

 


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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