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An Encouraging Word




Take It Off!

"….let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews 11 (Heroes of faith) is one of my favorite chapters; however, chapter 12 verses 1-3 brings it home for me. Have you ever been so weighted down with the cares of life that you ask the question, "What am I going to do?" I've got the answer. Take it off. A runner that runs a race understands that if they are going to be victorious they must take off everything that impedes them from winning their race. Many times we get inspiration from things, people, movies, etc. We live our lives through others; however, today I want to challenge you to take courage and live the life Jesus Christ has secured for you. Everything that's holding you back, Take it off!

Paul writes to the Hebrews and tells them that faith is not just believing, but it is taking God's word and walking it out. How do we do this? Three things: Lay aside every weight, look to Jesus and don't get weary in the process. What's holding you down? Anxiety, unforgiveness, doubt of God's ability to meet your needs? Whatever it is, let it go and give it to Him. Lay aside simply means to take it off. We as believers take it off through prayer. Prayer is our greatest weapon, but instead we tend to think about things, fill our lives with busyness and not deal with our weights/sins, or we hash them out and talk to everyone but Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7 says,“Casting ALL your care upon Him, for He careth for you.” He really does.

What is our motivation when we are faced with life's challenges? Paul tells us, Jesus! We must keep our eyes consistently on Him, who is our author and finisher of our faith. The same motivation that He had, we must have. He endured because the promise of God's Joy was at the end of His challenge. We must, by faith, lay aside that which hinders us and pick up our victory that is only through Him. Satan wants you to waiver and not believe God's promises that Jesus has already obtained. My dad said something the other day that has stuck with me. "It's easier to obtain something than to maintain it." Satan doesn’t' mind you becoming a "Christian"; however, he doesn't want you to walk in TOTAL VICTORY.

Notice the last part of verse 3, it says, "Consider Him (Christ)….lest ye be wearied in your mind". Consider means to ponder, to think it over and over and over again. Stop thinking about your weights and sins and think about what He has already done for you and take those things, issues, and problems off and exchange them for His victory. Because He has the victory, we have the victory.Take it off






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