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Throwing Off The Weight
5/31/2018

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)

Have you ever gone hiking with a backpack strapped to your torso?  It can become pretty heavy the longer you carry it.  I suppose this applies to pretty much anything of any real weight.  I remember once hiking down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my wife and two daughters. We all walked in, but I ended up carrying our youngest one out.  

Anyone who has backpacked realizes there eventually comes a time where you are able to shed the weight you are carrying and the difference is amazing — it is almost as if you feel light and stronger immediately.  In Hebrews 12:1 we are exhorted to, ”Lay aside,” or to “Throw off” every weight that ensnares us, and to run with endurance the race that is set before us.  The writer of Hebrews knew his audience would relate to these words, because athletes carried nothing with them when they were in a race, and so we are encouraged to travel light in our lifestyles.   

Q: What are the weights that are ensnaring us in our Christian walk?

Truth is, it can be just about anything — a job, hobby, or even a relationship. It isn’t that these things are necessarily wrong or bad, but that we have allowed ourselves to be consumed with them so much that we find we are weighed down, and unable to give God our best.  When we find this happening we need to identify with what is happening and then prioritize these things within our lives — seeking the Lord. When we do this we will find we are getting rid of the weight. 

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Seek the Lord and ask Him to show you anything you have allowed to weigh you down — Let Him give you rest.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 11:28-30 what offer does Jesus give to us, and what does His offer include?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there something in your life you have allowed to ensnare you and consume your best resources?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek God to ask Him if there are things within your life ensnaring us.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for sharing Your heart with me today.  Help me to identify with anything ensnaring me.  Help me to discard these things.  In Jesus' Precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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