Weight & 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, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
Last week we talked about staying in our lane in the race of faith, this week let’s look at weights and sin. To review, we made the point that all of the greats in the eleventh chapter had their own race to run just like we do. I want to share how we can run free of things that hold us back from finishing our race.
The writer gives us instructions to lay aside every weight which I want to first look at. What exactly is a weight that the writer requires us to lay aside. Weights are something added to that holds or bogs us down from running.
Running requires training and the right equipment in order to run unhindered. The race of faith requires one to not be hindered as well in their faith. What exactly weighs our faith down is the question?
Unforgiveness is a big burden to carry and if not taken care of it will cause ones faith to fail. Other things that weigh us down are anger, strife, laziness, disobedience to God, etc.. You get the idea that anything we hold onto can hold us back if we don’t get rid of it. Worry is also a big weight that can hold us down.
Sin is another story all together, it totally hinders our faith from being able to propel us forward. Sin both little and big can hinder us. God gives us the promise in 1 John if we confess our sins God forgives us and cleanses us from unrighteousness!
Now I want to give a side note here concerning faith and hope. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hope is a key word and if we lose hope our faith is not going to work because hope is what we hang our faith on.
In conclusion, God wants us to be able to run our race without hinderances. Take time in prayer and ask God what areas are hindering your race. Deal with them one by one get rid of the weights and repent of the sins so you can run!
Some of you need to know God is not mad at you but mad about you! He wants you to succeed not fail so trust Him and press on to what God has for your.