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April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

"The Word, "No," is Part of Your Spiritual Journey"

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.”  Hebrews 12: 1

The most important word to remember for your spiritual journey may be a surprising one:  no.  Your faith journey is a long one.  For too many, they start off really well but putter out before the end.

God wants you to go the distance.  Think of it as a marathon rather than a sprint.  The idea is not to get it done quickly but to endure.  By the way, while you’re running the marathon you get to enjoy the scenery around you.

The dilemma is, when you’re running the marathon you don’t want to carry any extra weights.  If you ran it with a bar bell in each of your hands it would really slow you down; and it might even lead you to drop out of the race because you’re carrying it.

The word de-clutter is very popular right now.  A lot of us are in the process of downsizing what we own and how much we’ve got.  Perhaps you’re like us, getting ready to find a new place that’s a little more accommodating?

It’s not that we couldn’t stay where we are but as we look to the future, having seen both of our moms struggle with this, we’d like to be in something that is easier to maintain.

If you plug a light bulb into a battery, it will probably go for a while.  Plug 15 into the battery and it will drain much more quickly.  Try to attach 100 to it and you’ll likely be in the dark pretty quickly.

I always encourage people to take up a ministry and a mission.  Did you notice the word ‘a’ in there?  ‘A’ means something singular.  God is not calling you to everything, He’s calling you to do the thing that He has best equipped you to do.

If you’re not sure of what you can do we have an instrument that can help you discern the spiritual gifts that God has given you.  It’s quite simple to do and will give you insight into what God has equipped you to do.

If you do everything there are two issues that will come up:  you may not do them well; sometimes, they’ll keep you from doing your best.  Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down.”

Weights aren't always bad; it's not that they have to be sinful to be a problem.  They may just be unnecessary.  It could be a job, a hobby, even a relationship.

They’re all good, but if they’re slowing you down from what God wants you to do in your life, they’re not worth it.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don