Topic: Lay Aside Every Weight [Friday September 15, 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)
These days, there are so many things begging for our attention. Whether it be work conditions or family issues, health challenges or financial constraints, the truth is they all encumber us and threaten to take our attention away from that which is the truth of the word of God. That is why I have come to encourage you to put them aside.
Whatever the devil has decided to lure or mislead you with, put it aside. Pay no attention to what the devil is doing for his intention is to distract you in your walk with God. What exactly has God instructed you to do in our text scripture? You are to ‘lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that is set before you.’ When you get rid of the baggage and refuse to acknowledge the enormity of the challenges, you have won the battle halfway.
Now, it is important that you keep your mind engaged. If all these things are not supposed to be on your mind, then what should be? What should you occupy your mind with? The race that is set before you. Everyone has a divine calling. You have something that the world needs. You are an answer to a particular problem. God has equipped you to provide the answers to some of the challenges facing the world. Focus on your calling. Focus on your race. Don’t allow the enemy to cheat you out of your inheritance.
Get busy in God’s work. Keep yourself busy and results will begin to come to you. Every little effort will bring a great reward. This is your season of celebration. You will overcome every challenge that comes your way in Jesus name.
Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Proverbs 22-24; Evening- 2 Corinthians 8
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.