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That Weight Or Sin

March 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

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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,”

Do you have a weight or a sin to set aside? If so, Jesus loves you too much to leave you where you are. The scriptures teach us that we must put off the old, be renewed in our minds and put on the new life that is found in Christ. Paul spoke in terms of dying daily. As Christ-followers, we must continually look ahead to the end goal of standing before Christ faces-to-faces.

Standing before Christ on Judgment day doesn’t have to be a thing of dread. Daily we can judge ourselves as concerning any weight or sin and do something about it right now. We can confess anything to God with a heart of repentance and He will forgive us of all unrighteousness. We are called to lay aside weights and sin!

Growing up my Father owned his own business. Each year, he would take the men and their kids on a fishing trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I have incredible memories of those fishing trips. My Father loved making His on sinkers out of lead. He had all kinds of molds for different shapes and sizes. He would take a block of lead and melt it down and pour it into the different molds. I used to love watching him make the sinks and the best part was he taught me how to do it also.

One year he had several of the young kids put the weights on the fishing poles in advance of the trip. His thinking was it would save time by putting the weights and hooks on before we got to the Other Banks. All of us kids had fun tying the weights on the line, but the big mistake was no one checked the knots to make sure all was correct. The first day on the pier was a funny one! We had prepared about seven rods in advance and from all indications, it was going to be a great start to the week.

Each of use took a rod and prepared to cast them for the first time. Carefully checking behind us we each brought our fishing rods back and then propelled them forward to cast. Four of the seven rods gave us a surprise! The lines let go of the weights and all we could do was watch them fly through the air on a path to the deep blue grave of the ocean. As the fishing lines loosely fluttered in the wind, splashes in the ocean told the story of knots being tied wrong. Needless to say, we finally got everything right and had a great week but the point I want you to see, the illustration I want you to hold is the picture of the weight being let go to never been seen again.

If there is a weight of sin in your life today that is keeping you from moving forward with God, then you need to bring your spiritual fishing rod back and propelled that weight or sin into the deeps of his forgiveness to never see it again.

 

 

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You carry what you don’t lay at the feet of Jesus, and the longer you carry it, the heavier it gets. When you carry something that was meant to be placed at the feet of Jesus, the weight sinks into your heart and the real battle begins. The real battle is the war between the Spirit and the flesh. The bible tells us that the Spirit and flesh are contrary one to the other. Allow me to offer an early hint as to the outcome of NOT placing your troubles at the feet of Jesus… you will lose every time.

Maybe you’re out there today, and something troubling has made its way into your heart, and it’s been there a long time. You feel like you can’t go another day, and bitterness has become your closes friend. You’re restless at night and your days are filled with no peace at all. I just want you to know that the power of choice can set you free.

When I choose to hold onto my trouble I place myself in the position that doesn’t humbly submit to the Lordship of Christ. It’s buying into the lie that I can carry trouble without it damaging my soul. The truth is… neither you, nor I, can handle anything without laying it at His feet. So what’s the answer? Read the following Scripture slow and with your heart.

1 Peter 5:6-7"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."

We need to humble ourselves, and cast all our cares on Him. Never forget, when you cast something, it means you throw it away from yourself. Oh yeah! Don’t forget to cut the line once you cast it on Him. If not, you might just be tempted to reel it back in.

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